It’s hard to believe, but today is the 14th anniversary of the day I shot 59 at Moon Valley CC in Phoenix. That’s a long time ago, but the memories are still so clear it feels just like yesterday.
So how did that magical round happen? During my formative junior years on the Swedish National Team, we talked about the VISION 54 approach. It is based on the idea that if you play a course every day, you will eventually birdie every hole; therefore, why couldn’t you do it all in one day? I have always thought it is possible for someone to hit every fairway, every green and one-putt each hole. It was instilled in me from an early age to think positively and believe in your abilities.
This particular Friday started out as an ordinary day. I remember I was running a little behind and didn’t have a particularly good warm up before my round. I had an early tee time and started on the back nine. I got off to a good start, hitting the fairway, and the green and one putting for birdie. I followed up with another birdie and then one more.
After four birdies in a row, I asked my caddie, “How many birdies in a row have you seen?” He answered four. I knew I could do more as I had previously made six in a row during a British Open at Sunningdale Golf Club. I kept going and was thinking positively; after eight straight birdies I looked at my scorecard, saw all the circles and suddenly got very nervous. I thought, “I’m on my way to shooting 54!” Needing to steady myself, I turned to my caddie and told him I’m just looking to make par because I’m so nervous. I did, and made the turn at eight under. Read more →