Even though Immelman, won this mornings Masters by three strokes it wasn't without a few quick heart beats.

His preshot routine looked a tad nervous through out, however it gave him just what he needed, at a time when maximum anxiety wanted to play with his mind.

The most telling moment for traders however was the lay of his ball after his drive on the 18th fairway. The previous three holes hadnt been kind, and after he drilled one up the middle on the last hole he must of thought the worst was now far behind him, and victory was his. However as is the case more often than not, this is a journey until the the very end, and his ball came to rest( in the middle of the fairway) in a large divot! How his heart must of sank. This Green Jacket and with most outcomes really wanted in life was going to come, if at all, kicking and screaming. Well now the rest is history , he spoke with his caddie, talked about yardage, looked at various shot options, then years of experience held out and he drilled his second shot onto the dance floor, and victory after two regulation puts was his. The comparisons with trading , that is holding risk steady, take smart options and having a well defined pre trade routine are Im sure self evident, but there maybe no better sport to compare with then 18 holes of golf.

…. as I watched it , I thought of the John Dalys of the world, and the OJ Simpsons and believe that it is by far the better option, to not be the most gifted athlete, but be the one who has worked his fingers to the bone every step of the way, and all those life experiences will deliver in the end, and make you in more ways then one, all the better for it.

Sam Humbert adds:

My takeaway was a bit different. Browsing the morning newspaper, the spin was that Tiger had failed — after #11, he coulda/shoulda converted the 'energy' from his birdie into a back-nine run…

From NBC sports:

Even Woods seemed baffled by it all, just as he had been all week. Woods might have been the only player at Augusta National who wanted the wind to blow, but when it, did he couldn't take advantage of it.

This strikes me as analogous to the after-the-fact market commentaries on Bloomberg et. al. that are so often ridiculed by the Specs. In fact, Tiger shot ~5 strokes better than the average of the other leaders on Sunday, and, had he been fewer strokes behind coming into the day, would have been lionized by the media his heroic effort, shooting par on a very tough day, as others crumbled, capped by a clutch put on #18 to seal the victory, yadda yadda. .


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