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Coach Pete Cowen: Money spoils almost all golfers in a negative way

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If you find it hard to believe the best golfers in the world become complacent, don’t listen to what top coach Pete Cowen has to say.

Cowen, who presently has the likes of Henrik Stenson, Danny Willett, Matthew Fitzpatrick, and Thomas Pieters in his coaching stable, penned an exclusive for bunkered magazine in which he stated the following

“The biggest problem in golf is money, and how lots of it spoils virtually all the players in a negative way. I see it in football, where the desire to actually be the best is gone. You’ve got to ask yourself, what do you really want? Do you want to become a very wealthy man, which you already are, or do you want to be the best?

“There’s a difference. Thomas Pieters doesn’t even say it, but I know he wants to be the best. He’s one of the most motivated players I’ve coached, and he’s got a bit of an edge to him. He gets annoyed…There’s a fire in his eyes and I see that in Danny and Matt, too.”

Tiger Woods, in his prime, reportedly wasn’t motivated by money, instead focusing on breaking Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 major championships. Cowen seems to suggest that unless a player’s primary focus is on improvement and achievement, he’ll get sucked into the leisurely millionaire’s lifestyle the PGA Tour affords him.

As a measure of just how much money we’re talking about: On the PGA Tour last year, 110 golfers pocketed more than $1 million in on-course earnings. This doesn’t take into account FedExCup bonus money or endorsements, of course.

It’s certainly an “inside the ropes” discussion when we’re talking about a pro’s level of dedication or how much he really wants to win. That’s to say, it’s not really the place of we, the armchair observers to comment on (as Brandel Chamblee just found out).

But when Pete Cowen, an inside-the-ropes guy, says money “spoils virtually all the players in a negative way,” that’s a remark worth paying attention to.

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  1. Robin

    May 29, 2017 at 11:31 am

    This is the least amount of shanks that I have seen

  2. Jim

    May 22, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    I agree with Pete Cowan on this one. It’s always seemed to me that once a player has a few million in the bank, the need/urge to keep on winning would slack off as would everything else about their game. When you’re no longer hungry and have it made for the rest of your life, you don’t have to work as hard – you spend less time practicing and more time on vacation or with the family. You lose your edge.

  3. Warren

    May 22, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    But of a hypocrite, considering he is on varying degrees of percentages and retainers for his trouble!

  4. Jack Nash

    May 22, 2017 at 8:10 am

    Cowen’s 100% correct. Best example is Kucher. Nice guy, great golfer, but when he’s on screen all the announcers talk about is how many “Top 10’s” he has and what a “money making machine” he is.

  5. mlecuni

    May 21, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    I’m in good position on Sunday at the Masters but hey i will not win, i’m already thinking of the springbreak coming soon.

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WATCH: PGA Tour players play hole blindfolded and it’s hilarious/amazing

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As part of a Srixon campaign, four PGA Tour players recently participated in a three-hole challenge, with each hole being a different game; hole No. 1 was blindfolded, hole No. 2 was costumes and distractions, and hole No. 3 was alternate shot with a baseball bat. The teams were Smylie Kaufman and Sam Ryder against Shane Lowry and Grayson Murray.

Watch the full video below, since it is quite entertaining (albeit not the type of golf that Old Tom Morris surely had in mind), but in particular, make sure to check out the first hole where Lowry and Ryder play a full hole completely blind folded. It’s amazing to watch how badly Ryder struggles, and how Lowry nearly makes par.

Cleveland-Srixon’s marketing department has been hard at work crafting these viral-esque ad campaigns; if you remember, former long-drive champion Jamie Sadlowski recently dressed as 80-year-old Grandpa Jamie to fool range-goers. That video has since gathered over 1.2 million views on YouTube.

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Think you had a bad weekend on the course? At least you didn’t do this

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We hope this golfer didn’t take the ultra-premium golf equipment plunge before sending his clubs to a watery grave. Either way, this was an expensive (and strangely calm) reaction to a bad round.

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Tiger Woods battles terrifying deep-sea creature, wins

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With four tweets since July 21st, Tiger Woods is exposing himself on social media in a way we haven’t seen.

And with his latest tweet, he’s…exposing himself in a way we haven’t seen.

A shirtless-and-swimsuited Woods appears holding what he purports to be a lobster (but what looks more like a monster of the deep sea).

Nothing like it, indeed.

He’s lucky to have escaped with his life after battling that horrifying crustacean. Spiny lobsters, apparently, don’t have claws, but somehow that doesn’t make them any less terrifying, as they look poised to impale you and carry you off to their reefy lairs.

Not sure how big the beast in Woods grasp actually is, but it pales in comparison to this 14-pound creature from your nightmares.

14_pound_lobster_caught_near_Bermuda_0_48217534_ver1.0_640_480Anyway, Woods has been on something of a grand tour of late it seems, taking in a friendly version of El Clasico in Miami and posing with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

All of this is good to see. It was two months ago that Woods entered rehab following his now-infamous Memorial Day arrest for impaired driving.

What this portends for his future on the golf course is unclear, but you’d assume the 14-time major champion is feeling pretty good if he’s free diving after monsters of the deep.

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