Thursday, September 20th, 2018

Top 14 Quotes Baby Boomer Professional Golfer Mac O’Grady

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Baby Boomer Golfer Mac OGrady Top 14 Quotes Baby Boomer Professional Golfer Mac OGrady“This is where God hangs out.” O’Grady about the Augusta Country Club home of The Masters.

“My brain is much more emotionally serene when I go left-handed”.

“When I putt, my emotions collide like tectonic plates. It’s left my memory circuits full of scars that won’t heal”.

“A hole in one is amazing when you think of the different universes this white mass of molecules has to pass through on its way to the hole”.

“One minute you’re bleeding. The next minute you’re hemorrhaging. The next minute you’re painting the Mona Lisa”. (Mac describing a typical round of golf)

“If you get a chance to win, win any way you can”.

“You need a fantastic memory in this game to remember the great shots and a very short memory to forget the bad ones”.

“You must attain a neurological and biological serenity in chaos. You cannot let yourself be sabotaged by adrenaline”. Yeah right Mac!

“The ball just didn’t go in the hole today, there are times when the ball has its own consciousness. There’s a word called anthropomorphic, which means to bring to life an inanimate object. That golf ball is alive. It has its own personality, its own character, its own spirit”. I feel that way myself every time.

“I’m very, very weird, I play the game just for the art of it. The art of the discovery, the art of seeking, the art of the real deep enthusiasm the game gives you. There’s always something to learn”.

“I’ve played so many places around the world during the last 10 years or so, being on the tour is like celebrating Christmas every day”.

“I developed osteoporosis of the personality. My thought processes became brittle.” Mac O’Grady, explaining that he would play in fewer PGA tournaments after discovering that competing every week caused too much stress.

“There’s a certain reputation I have. They (the PGA Tour) think I’m beyond the ‘Twilight Zone’. I like that.”

Asked what makes him think he can be successful at age 50, when he didn’t do much in his 40s, O’Grady had an answer so typical of his freethinking. “Because the side of my brain that controls my left side is still young. It’s not beaten down with bad memories.”

~Mac O’Grady

Born Phil McGlenn in Minneapolis, Minnesota on April 26, 1951, he changed his name by deed poll in 1978 to Phillip McClelland O’Grady – the surname being his mother’s maiden name.

One of seven children, he learned to play both left and right handed and once tried to enter a foursomes tournament on his own, saying that he would play alternative shots right and left handed. After attending college at Santa Monica JC he turned pro in 1972. Then followed a record of 17 appearances at the PGA Tour Qualifying School before succeeding.

O’Grady’s PGA career had some highlights. He won more than $1 million between 1981 and 1999. During his peak years, from 1985-87, he won the 1986 Canon Sammy Davis, Jr. Greater Hartford Open and the prestigious Mony Tournament of Champions the following year.

Though he competes right-handed, O’Grady is a scratch player from the left side as well and had a dream of getting a big lead in a tour event and playing the last hole left-handed. It’s still on hold. A few years ago he planned to go back to q-school, trying left-handed as Mac O’Grady II. During his career, he often putted left-handed while playing right-handed, but now he says he’s a full-time southpaw. He also played a tournament a few years ago using old forged irons and three persimmon woods and still shot an unbelievable 66.

Thanks to Golf Review for great info and quotes.

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