The Key To U.S. Open Success – Channelling Selfishness Into Greatness

Shinnecock Hills, NY …

A key to U.S. Open glory this week is as simple as putting one foot in front of the other.

To achieve greatness and not only this week at Shinnecock Hills you need to be self-disciplined or put more simply you do need to channel being selfish into achieving greatness.

Former PGA Championship winner Jason Day was asked the importance of self-discipline ahead of this week’s 2018 U.S. Open and his answer was very enlightening.

“I was talking about this the other day. You have to give — if you want to be the best, you have to give yourself — you have to give everything you’ve got to that craft,” said the current World No. 8.

Greatness – Whose name will be atop of the US Open leader board late this Sunday night.

“You have to give your whole life to it.  Everything you do is around golf or around being the best, and that’s what you do sleeping, that’s what you do eating, that’s what you do when you’re sitting there and you’re playing with your kids.

“It’s very hard to switch it off. You’re playing with your kids, but you’re thinking about golf, you know. So everything you do is you’re thinking about golf constantly and the will to try to get better and be the best.

“And I enjoy that process, and that’s where I’m at right now.

“My wife is very — she sacrifices so much for me and what I’m trying to accomplish, which is amazing, and my kids do too. The good thing about, like, I was talking earlier about the RVs or having a bus, you get to bring them on the road, which is nice.

“Dash is getting to an age where he’s probably going to go into grade 1. So they may not be able to be on the road as
much. Will that affect my game? I’m not too sure. I enjoy having them on the road with me all the time, but at the
same, you know, sentence, if they’re not on the road, I can focus a little bit more, or I can rest up a little bit
more.

“So it’s just like a really fine — once again, if you want to be the best in the world, you have to be selfish, and that, unfortunately, is hard. It can be hard on relationships. It can be hard on friends and all the other things as well because you’re selfish with your time because you’re trying to be the best.

“Unfortunately, sometimes it can backfire and go the opposite way.

“But that’s why I always talk about having a good balance. I feel like I’ve got a good balance right now.

“There’s no stress in my life, and all I can do is go out and play good golf.”

Fantastic response from Australia’s top-ranked golfer and wishing him well this week as he looks to become the first ‘Down Under’ golfer since Geoff Ogilvy to capture a U.S. Open.



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