When John first started as a young professional on the European Tour he took some awful beatings finishing nearly last in every event. But learning from his mistakes he started to develop a game plan that would lead to eventual success.
Playing with world class players like Faldo, Woosnam and Ballesteros showed him the necessary qualities needed to succeed. In times of trouble they concentrated on getting the basics right – they were adaptable – their preparation was meticulous and they never gave up. It was these vital lessons that John incorporated into his own game that eventually enabled him to cope with formidable challenges such as playing in the British Open at Royal Birkdale, where he shot a final round of 71. In 1985 John won a ‘Shooting Star Award’ for the most improved player and shortly after led Europe V USA in PGA Cup Matches.
However, injury temporarily cut short John’s tournament career and he turned his attention to coaching, imparting to his pupils the vital lessons he had learned about performing under pressure. He regularly contributed articles for Golf Monthly and became Surrey PGA Captain overseeing the training of 100 young professional golfers.
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