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Golf is great if you are winning The Masters for the second time and ranked as the world’s number two golfer. It’s the fourth day the wind has settled and the sun is shining, and the course you are playing on is Augusta, one of the greatest courses in the world.  That is until the world number two pushed his tee shot into the water at Rae’s Creek, then fired a heavy second attempt into the water, before hitting his fifth shot into the bunker at the back of the green.

He managed to get up and down in two shots from there, but the damage was done. What damage are we talking about? Was it physical damage no, was it injury no, it was psychological.

Jordan Speith was beginning to unravel mentally. His clear thinking had been eroded and it was not as clear as it had been, to put it in his own words:

“It was just a lack of discipline coming off the two bogeys instead of realising I was still leading the Masters by a couple of shots,” said Spieth. He was not thinking correctly under pressure. Confidence was not the issue however self- control or emotional control obviously were as he admitted later:

“I have no doubt about my ability to close majors, I just think it was a very tough 30 minutes that hopefully I don’t experience again.”

Jordan Spieth will be “scarred” by his capitulation at the Masters on Sunday, says three-time winner Sir Nick Faldo. Spieth’s quadruple-bogey seven on the par-three 12th let Danny Willett become the first Englishman since Faldo in 1996 to win the Masters. The American had become the first man to lead the Masters for seven straight rounds going into the final day. “This will scar him. This will damage him for a while,” said Nick Faldo, a three times Masters winner. “We’re all in shock with what happened to Jordan,” added Faldo, who won his third and final Green Jacket in similar circumstances to Willett when Greg Norman blew a six-shot lead in 1996.

Mental toughness is part of being a champion and it most certainly is key to winning the Masters. Mental toughness consists of four dimensions Confidence both self and social, Control both emotional and life, Challenge and Commitment. These can all be measured using the DNA of a Champion test which Sampson Hall have developed with Rugby World Cup winning coach Sir Clive Woodward.   Are you a champion, a warrior, a student, or just plain talented find out at  

Author: Phil Sampson

Phil Sampson is an expert strategist who has a deep understanding of Strategy, Leadership and Organisational Culture and how they influence and inform organisational development.

Phil joined the Royal Marines in 1978 from Kenya. He worked his way through his early career as a Commander on operations in Northern Ireland and at the Commando Training Centre. He was selected and attended Staff College at Camberley and is an Alumni of Ashridge having completed the MOD Senior Leadership Course.

As a counter terrorism, expert he served in Whitehall during the 9/11 attacks and was later seconded to the Security Service where he was prominent in founding the strategically important UK Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre. Whilst there he was the author of the National Security threat levels before working with the US National Counter Terrorist Centre. He later commanded the Commando Training Centre Royal Marines and Royal Marines Tyne

Phil left the Royal Marines in 2009 to found Sampson Hall Ltd, an organisation that delivers success to modern businesses, sport’s teams and educational establishments, using lessons drawn from the military, Government and business. Sampson Hall have successfully delivered Strategy and Governance packages into over 400 businesses both large and small, local and international and have worked in both the public and private sectors.

Sampson Hall are proven experts in delivering Cultural Change through Strategy and Leadership and have worked with multi-national corporations in delivering such transformation. Sampson Hall specialises in individual and organisational development from one to one board level, blended senior management packages and digital e-learning training at the shop floor. They use their own suite of metrics to analyse and measure any interventions and work in a bespoke manner to meet the needs and demands of any team.

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