Had avery nice chat about some of these things with Mike Mathias, one of my Players...a West Point Grad and an Iraq I Veteran.
It definitely, seems to me, Annika.
Now, I want to make real clear...don't we all pretty much agree that Tiger is the best-ever?...if that's possible to even define? (Though, believe it or not, Annika's stats say she might very well be 'better'.) We, definitely, know who wins - on the 'flashy personality' scale.
From my very distant perspective...I've never met Tiger...much less even know him. I very briefly met Annika, though I've had a few very nice, quick chats with her Teacher, Pia Nilsson (a wonderful lady).
Again, from very far away, to me, it simply seems Annika enjoys it more. She repeatedly talks about competing against noone, only herself. This, I think, has created an enormous amount of SELF-SATISFACTION - for her.
Tiger, though, just has to beat Jack. His satisfaction - though I'm sure he has an enormous amount of Self-Satisfaction - is largely dependent on his comparison to OTHERS, mainly Jack.
I will definitely STOP right here, talking about them. I find it very sad that total strangers say anything they want about public/famous figures - often very demeaning and personal words - when they have never even met the individual, much less have a friendship with them. That's why I want to make sure that you don't see my words as critical toward these two very upstanding, hard-working people, Tiger and Annika, in any way shape or form.
Now I want to talk about all the rest of us. I love the fact that most of you are very happy golfers - due in large part - to your "Self-Satisfaction" aspirations.
Trying to play good golf is hard enough - but made harder if we're doing it to please someone else beside our self.
Think about your 'Golf Happiness' level in '09...mainly in regards to this criteria...who are you trying to please.
Might be the best thing you do for your Scores in 2009.