Dr. Morris Pickens, Sports Psychologist helps guide Stewart Cink to the 2009 British Open Victory through his “Learn To Win” system.
What do Stewart Cink, winner of the British Open and Lucas Glover, winner of the U.S. Open have in common? They both used their unbelievable talent and the “Learn to Win” system we have worked on to maintain their composure and display the patience of a true champion.
With four birdies on the back nine, including a critical 15-footer at the 72nd hole, Stewart won his first major championship. Although I have only worked with Stewart since May 19th, 2 months to the day, I am not surprised he was able to play this well today. He has incredible talent and by helping him find the few needed tweaks (mainly in putting), he was able to turn things around rather quickly. After Lucas Glover winning the U.S. Open, it is especially gratifying to see another great student (and person) get rewarded with such a great victory.
Although I have not spoken to his other instructors yet (Butch Harmon – Swing Coach and Chris Noss – Trainer), I know how happy they must be for Stewart. His swing was awesome, he stayed calm and patient the entire day and he did not miss a single putt (that was makeable) the last 5 holes.
I, Dr. Morris Pickens, along with all of the rest of my students (who watch his every move) want to congratulate Stewart on all the hard work, dedication, and patience that lead to his victory. He has worked harder on his putting the last two months than he ever has — and it showed today. Way to go Stewart!!!
To learn more about the “Learn to Win” System utilized by both Stewart Cink, 2009 British Open Champion and Lucas Glover, 2009 U.S. Open Champion, look for the release of Dr. Morris Pickens’ book “Learn to Win” being released August 11th 2009, during the PGA Championship.
JULIUS MASON: Good morning, everyone, I am the PGA of America’s Julius Mason, and I would like to welcome those of you joining us on the phone lines from around the world and those of you right here at the New York Stock Exchange for the United States Ryder Cup Captain’s pick news conference.
We have some guests in attendance that I would like to introduce. So if you would please, first, from The PGA of America, vice president, Allen Wronowski; secretary Ted Bishop; honorary president, Brian Whitcomb; Chief Executive officer, Joe Steranka; PGA of America board members, Rod Loesch and Derek Sprague; from the New Jersey PGA Section, president Dan Pasternak; vice president, Bryan Jones; secretary, Andy Brock; and Executive Director, Scott Kmiec; from the Metropolitan PGA Section, president Joe Felder; vice president, Carl Anderson; treasurer, Brad Worthington; secretary Brian Crowell; and Executive Director, Charlie Robson. And all the way from Wales, Sir Terry Matthews, owner and chairman of the Celtic Manor, site of the 38th Ryder Cup.
Ladies and gentlemen, at the head table joining us today are Ryder Cup assistant captains, Tom Lehman; Davis Love III and Paul Goydos; and now it gives me great pleasure to introduce all the way from Ludlow, Vermont, the 36th president of The PGA of America, Mr. Jim Remy.
JIM REMY: Good morning, everyone, and thank you for being here, taking time out of your busy schedules to join us here for what is certainly an exciting day. I would also like to thank all of those tuning in for taking the time to be with us.
You know, I have the wonderful job of representing 28,000 men and women who go to work every single day in this business to grow the game of golf, run the business of golf, and most of all, teach golf at such a high level. The best teachers in the world are from The PGA of America, and it’s a true honor to be here and represent those 28,000 strong throughout the entire country who really are the backbone of golf.
You know, it’s hard to believe that nearly two years has passed since Valhalla and that in just 23 days, the first ball will be struck in the 38th Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor. It seemed like just yesterday, the great victory at Valhalla, and here we are preparing to head overseas with our team.
As you can see, and as most of you know, the European Ryder Cup Team was selected some nine days ago, and you can see by the list on the wall, it’s a great team and we look forward to competing against the European squad.
Eight of United States Team were identified on August 15th by our points program at the conclusion of the PGA Championship, and they are listed right here.
You know, really, what awaits us today, and I’m sure it’s why you are all here, is when our captain, Corey Pavin, will identify the four men who will complete Team USA as we head off for the 38th Ryder Cup. But before I turn it over to the captain with that information, I just want to say that nearly two years ago, we chose Corey Pavin as our captain and there was never any it doubt in our mind that he was the right man for the right job at the right time. He certainly has a great task ahead of him as we defend the Cup overseas.
We are proud of the job that Corey Pavin has done and we continue to be proud of him and his assistant vice captains, Paul and Davis and Tom, and we look forward to what will be a great competition.
Ladies and gentlemen, with great pleasure, I’m very proud to introduce the captain of the United States Ryder Cup Team, Corey Pavin.
COREY PAVIN: Thank you, Jim, I appreciate the comments and Sir Terry Matthews who came owl the way over here from Wales, thank you for everything that you’ve done for us and for making us feel welcome in Wales. We appreciate that very much.
I would like to thank Captain Lehman, Davis Love, Paul Goydos and Jeff Sluman who could not be here today, he’s over on the Champions Tour playing overseas today, but I thank you gentlemen for your help and conversation last night, as well.
We are very excited to be going over to Wales and to play The Ryder Cup. I’m very pleased with the eight players that have qualified, and I’m here to add four to that list of eight, who the eight are Jim Furyk, Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Hunter Mahan, Phil Mickelson, Jeff Overton, Steve Stricker and Bubba Watson.
The four captain’s picks for the 2010 team are: Stewart Cink, Zach Johnson, Tiger Woods and Rickie Fowler.
I am very pleased to add these four to Team USA. I think our team is very good. I think these four players complement those eight very well. That was the goal of these four players. I’m very proud to have Team USA completely assembled now, and I’m looking forward to the matches in three weeks. Thank you.
JULIUS MASON: Captain Pavin, thank you very much. Let’s go ahead and see if we can’t hear a good morning for your captain’s picks, starting at the top, Stewart Cink, are you with us today?
STEWART CINK: Yes.
JULIUS MASON: Stewart, say good morning to everybody in the room here in New York City and give us your thoughts on being a selection.
STEWART CINK: Well, good morning, everybody there in New York City and everywhere else, too. It’s really exciting to be included in the team. I thank Corey for the consideration and the rest of the assistant captains. I’m looking forward to it. I think it’s my third time to be picked; so I’m starting to probably be close to being a record there. I guess all that means is I’m not very good in qualifying in the Top-10, I don’t know.
I’ll be excited and pumped up to play and representing the U.S.
JULIUS MASON: Thank you very much, Stewart.
Zach Johnson, good morning. Say hello to your captain.
ZACH JOHNSON: Good morning, and good morning, Captain.
I am thrilled and excited to be on the team. Team play, team sports in general, it’s really something that drives me as a competitor and when you incorporate a team element and chemistry into golf, it makes it just that much more special.
Having your nation’s flag on your sleeve and being led by Captain Pavin and his associates, just, you know, makes it that much more special. So I thank you guys and I thank you for trusting in me and knowing that I’m going to go out there and play really hard. I’m excited and I cannot wait until October.
JULIUS MASON: Thank you very much, Zach.
Tiger Woods, are you with us today? Say good morning to your captain and everybody else in attendance today.
TIGER WOODS: Good morning, guys, Captain Corey. It’s great to be a part of this team. I’m honored to be selected and head over to Wales to represent the United States in The Ryder Cup. I’ve been to Wales previously in the Walker Cup and looking forward to going back and having a great time with the team and hopefully bring the Cup back.
JULIUS MASON: Thank you very much, Tiger. And last but not least, Rickie Fowler. Good morning.
RICKIE FOWLER: Good morning, guys. Just sitting here in the hotel room, tried to sleep last night but it was awesome to be selected. I have to thank Corey for giving me the opportunity to go over there, being a young player, it’s a pretty special opportunity and the last time I played overseas on a team event was for the Walker Cup, so hopefully I can take a little bit of knowledge that I learned there and help the team.
JULIUS MASON: Stewart, Zach, Tiger, Rickie, thank you.