Monday, August 19, 2002

HOW REMARKABLE is Richard Beem's winning the PGA Championship over Tiger Woods?

I've always been fascinated by what makes some wilt and others thrive under enormous pressure. Some collapse when striving for an individual accomplishments (golf, tennis) and others when working towards something that a group has a stake in (Ryder Cup in Golf, Davis Cup in Tennis). Of course, some wilt in both cases, others shine in both.

So why does a Justin Leonard and Phil Mickelson crumble when near a major championship and in Tiger Woods' presence and Richard Beem doesn't?

Beats me -- but it is a subject I'm fascinated with, so if anyone has insights, ideas or know where I can learn more about the subject, please email.