Going into the final round of the 2011 Master’s Tournament, Rory Mcilroy had a four shot lead. On the last day he made this statement, “I came out and was trying to be this player that I’m not.” He shot a final round 80 and lost.
Two months later he wins the U.S. Open by 8 strokes with 16 under par.
In the past 18 months, he changed management for the second time, leading to lawsuits that are still to be decided. And after getting engaged to tennis star Caroline Wozniacki on New Year’s Eve, he abruptly broke off the engagement in May with a telephone call.
Going into the final round of today’s British Open his lead, as imposing as seven strokes in the early stages of the fourth round, was down to two with five holes to play.
He also faced a distraction at the 16th: After hitting his tee shot, Mcilroy turned and pointed with his club toward a heckler in the gallery, who was eventually escorted away. Mcilroy said the man had been heckling him all day and “deliberately coughed on my downswing” at the 16th tee.
Would he collapse just like he did in the final round of the 2011 Masters?
How do you keep focus when hell lands and distractions are all around?
Rory said that all day long he had a peace and tranquility. He had two trigger words that kept him focused: process and spot. With each swing he would think about the process and not the results. With his putting he would think about picking the spot and hitting the ball.
1 Samuel 30 says David and his men returned to Ziklag and found all the women and children taken away the men cried until they could cry no more. Then the men spoke of stoning David. Now that sounds like hell has landed!
His focus? The bible says David encouraged himself in the Lord.
It was what they focused on in the midst of difficulty that helped David and a golfer to experience victory.
Whatever you focus on gains power in your life.
Rory focused on what he called trigger words: process and spot.
David focused on God and he encouraged himself.
The same holds true with you and me.
We can focus on our failure. We can focus on our guilt. We can focus on our insecurity. We can focus on what is not fair. When we focus on these things then failure, guilt and injustice gains power in our life.
OR we can focus on how big our God is and how much we are His favored children. Focusing on these things gains power in our lives. When we do we experience peace and tranquility.
Victory is ours!
Today Rory Mcilroy won the British Open by simply focusing on the right things. He led from start to finish which has not been done in an Open tournament since 2005.
David gained victory by focusing on the right things. Some how he convince 400 of the 600 soldiers who were getting ready to stone him to go after the Amalekites. David recovered ALL that the Amalekites had carried away simply by focusing on how big God is instead of how big his problems were,
Are we experiencing peace and tranquility when hell lands? Are we gaining victory over the distractions in life? If not, it could be that we are focused on the wrong things. Victory is ours!