Originally Posted by albatross
Say what you want, but golf is a mental game, and we'll see if I'm right. You obviously don't understand what I'm saying, from the comment you posted. What I'm saying is that now he's told the world he's a top 5 player, he's put the pressure of playing like one on himself, rather than just coming up in the world rankings, and letting his play do the talking.
So if he starts to play poorly at Augusta, I think it puts more pressure on him, internally, that he needs to play well to back up all of the chest pounding and media buzz that he's recently created. If you don't understand that, then you don't understand how mental of a game golf is, IMO.
When you step into the spotlight and talk about how great you are, it can make it a lot harder to bounce back from failure because everyone remembers you telling them how amazing you are. You don't agree with any of that?
Umm, I don't think it matters much because it is THE MASTERS. You are putting to much on the fact that you think this golfer cares what others thinks of him. You assume that just because he said it means he was trying to get the attention. Who knows, he might just say it because he's honest. We don't know. This is why your assumption can't be made. Well it can, but you have no clue if it is true or not. Now that you claimed it, you can claim that was the reason why, if Reed falls apart at the masters, for him falling apart. Yet you still don't know, because you don't know what he thinks unless he tells you.
Also, just because he said he's number 5 doesn't add pressure. What ever his mind thinks is what pressure he is going to feel. Heck he could think he's number 5 and not say it and still feel the same pressure even if have or had not said it. Saying something doesn't add anything to it.
Just because you say something doesn't mean it adds pressure to perform to what you say. Some people might want to prove themselves right, some people don't. Like I said you CAN'T assume this with Reed, cause you just don't know.
Originally Posted by newtogolf
It has potential to work against him, it depends on how well he handles pressure. Some people put extra pressure on themselves because they feed off of it. Others crumble under it. There's no way to know how Reed will respond. He might also have a few hecklers in the gallery which might annoy or anger him as well.
Exactly, there is NO WAY TO KNOW, how Reed will respond. You can't assume it adds pressure or not. To do so is just guessing.