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In the last 2 weeks we have had two great winners on the PGA Tour.
Golf victories are always special but the winners of the US Open and Travellers Championship have something special in common.
Their careers have not been plain sailing and both have had big hurdles to overcome to get to where they are today.
These victories show every golfer the importance of hard work, great patience and most importantly self belief!!!!!
How could Justin Rose continue on playing and thinking that he was good enough after missing his first 21 cuts in a row!!!
Thats right, 21 missed cuts to start your professional golf career!!! Justin in his first season as a 18 year old Professional missed 28 out of his first 33 events. I would have to believe that this must be the worst start to any golfers career that currently play on any of the Worlds Golf Tours. Anyone who plays golf can understand that this would have been extremely hard to take, so the mental toughness of Justin Rose for pushing through this is the REAL victory!!
Four years later he wins his first Professional title, and now 15 years later he won the 2013 US Open. The start of his career shaped his courage and self belief and made him the man he is today. He has been said to be one of the most likeable players on tour.
Ken Duke's victory in the Travellers Championships gives everybody hope, waiting 19 years and 187 events before winning on the PGA Tour.
After turning Professional in 1994, Ken Duke got on the Nike Tour (now Web.com Tour) in 1995, lost has PGA tour status till 2003, then he jumped from the PGA Tour and Web.com tour for the next 8 years.
''Yeah, it's been a long time,'' said Duke, who turned pro in 1994.'' I've been on the Canadian tour, the mini tours, Asian Tour, South American Tour, all of them; Web.com, and it's just great to be a part of this big family on the PGA Tour.''
If waiting for his first PGA Tour victories wasn’t hard enough, the agony of watching Chris Stoud chipping in to force a play-off must have been very hard to take. His self belief must have been strong and his second shot on the 2nd extra play-off hole to 2 feet proved this!!
You gotta believe in yourself in everything you do,'' Duke said. ''That's why those guys at the top are winning week in, week out because they believe they can do it. It's kind of one of those things once you finally do it might come easier the next time. That's kind of the way I feel.''
So when you think this game is getting to hard, I want you to remember what Justin Rose and Ken Duke achieved. You must continued to work hard, believe in yourself and never give up on your dreams!!!