Thursday 22 August 2019

Sometimes you just need to show a bit of fire to get the job done

Stephanie Meadow at the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational. Photo: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images
Stephanie Meadow at the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational. Photo: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Stephanie Meadow

It's great to be home for a few weeks and out of the heat in the US. Catching up with family and friends and getting to enjoy all the things I miss about home is just a wonderful feeling.

They know I love an Ulster Fry occasionally, so that's always waiting for me when I get back. Then I always beg for an Indian takeaway because it's just not the same in the States. Earlier this week I had Chicken Korma with rice and a cheesy chips my cousin's husband brought home from the chippy.

It's okay to have a treat now and again, and family is always very important to me. I haven't seen my second cousin's little girls for a while, and they are growing up fast, so to see them again, it's much better than Facetime.

After a few days back home I am now in Scotland for this week's Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open which counts on the LPGA Tour.

Then it's home again for the ISPS Handa World Invitational Men | Women at Galgorm Castle and Massereene, which is really exciting. It will bring back memories of playing alongside the men in the ISPS Handa Vic Open on the LPGA Tour in Australia in February.

I can't wait for this event. The first day is always a bit strange, when you see all the men warming up too. But from what I have heard, it is going to be a fantastically run event. Even though it is only the first year, they know what they are doing already, which is really great.

Turning point: Stephanie in action at the Marathon Classic at Highland Meadows. Photo: Leon Halip/Getty Images
Turning point: Stephanie in action at the Marathon Classic at Highland Meadows. Photo: Leon Halip/Getty Images

It will be nice to play some links golf at The Renaissance Club this week and having watched the men in the Scottish Open recently, I'm looking forward to seeing how I get on.

It's good to come home after two good results in a row because June did not go to plan at all. After missing the cut at the US Women's Open, I missed another five cuts in a row by one or two shots, which was really frustrating. I was playing well but making really stupid mistakes. I just couldn't put it all together, which felt really weird.

It's one thing to be playing badly, but it's entirely different when you are playing pretty well, and the score doesn't add up to anything you felt like it should have. I just wasn't getting out of my rounds - three-putting here and there and not getting up and down. I'd hit 14 greens and shoot 75. It was maddening.

I guess that's golf and you have to take those periods on the chin and wait for those streaks every year where you play really good golf and capitalise on it, and that's what I am hoping to do right now.

It started to turn around at the Marathon Classic, and I think it was down to just having a more fiery attitude rather than going out trying to be even-keeled. It's just not in our culture, is it?

Sometimes you just need to show a bit of fire to get the job done. You can't just be a walking zombie. So you have to try and find that balance, and it's a tricky balance to find.

Sometimes when you play badly, you feel you need to be more collected. But it all depends on your personality, and that's the toughest part of sports psychology. You have to find that happy medium and recently I had been trying to stay more calm, which obviously didn't work.

So two weeks ago I went back to Phoenix after missing the cut by three shots in Green Bay, and I said to myself, I have to do something. My back's against the wall. I can't just sit here and go, 'Oh well, let's see what happens and wait until a result comes'.

That doesn't get me fired up at all. So being motivated and being a bit more result orientated and knowing the process that can get you there, that can be a good thing.

The top 125 on the PGA Tour keep their cards, but only the top 100 on the LPGA Tour keep theirs, so I still have some work to do to get into that top 100. But I really feel good after my last two weeks. It really felt fun again.

I shot 71, 66, 71 and 67 to finish tied 11th in the Marathon Classic in Toledo and then teamed up with Italy's Giulia Molinaro in the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational and we finished 11th there too, so that kept the bank manager happy.

It was a lot of fun and a nice change of pace, so it would be nice to keep it going this week and then bring that form to Galgorm Castle and Massereene and play well in front of a home crowd. ISPS is a great sponsor for women's golf and golf in general, so it should be a fantastic event next week. I wouldn't be surprised if the ISPS Handa World Invitational became a major event in golf.

All going well, I will play everything on the LPGA Tour from here, and hopefully, I can finish the year strongly.

I hope to see some of you at Galgorm Castle and Massereene next week. It promises to be a great event.

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