Tags: Curtis Strange, Jay Haas, Ryder Cup
At the Ryder Cup at Oak Hill Country Club in 1995, the golfer Jay Haas was having a terrible time and, in the end, lost every match and if he had just won one, the US would have won the Cup. In the middle of the event, Curtis Strange, then the number one American, in an interview was asked if Haas had apologized to the team.
Curtis Strange, to his everlasting glory, said “out here we don’t say we’re sorry.”
He wasn’t asked to interpret what he said but I’m pretty sure I know what he meant. First of all, the team knew that Haas was trying his very best and once you do that, you have nothing to apologize for. Secondly, and most importantly, Strange knew that if we lose our confidence and feel the need to apologize, we will likely play worse the next time out. He didn’t want that — the Ryder Cup has enough pressure as it is.
And so it is with our jobs – and lives.