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  • Casey Martin: Competitive people, when you put them in a situation where there's a winner, they're gonna wanna win.

    I'm Casey Martin. I'm the golf coach at the University of Oregon.

    When I look back, I had success, was able to make it to the PGA Tour, but I think my coaching has evolved out of some of my failure as a player. What did I do wrong? What could I have done better to maximize my abilities?

    I didn't challenge myself enough on a daily basis to accomplish some kind of goal or get something done. I would go practice, but it wasn't as focused as it should have been. It wasn't as competitive as it should have been. It wasn't as intense as it should have been. I hit balls, worked on my swing, and went to compete. Looking back on my experiences at Stanford and putting a bunch of stuff together with some of my failures, I designed a program that was going to be competitive. Just a little different to try to find out who's got that extra stuff, to get ready for the heat.

    "Alright, boys. You guys know what we do here. A lot of short game, a lot of competitive practice, and that's what we're gonna do again today. So, party's over. Nail down your distances. Nail that down."

    Ideally, practice would be harder than a tournament and there would be more pressure, and you'd feel more angst so that when you get to the tournament, it's like, "Hey, I'm ready for this. This is easy."

    "If you feel like you wanna hit to the flag, then back up to your number. But dominate your nine o'clockers, 'kay?"

    Edwin Yi: Coach prepares us in the best way he can because he's been through it, he's experienced the PGA Tour and he knows what it takes to win.

    Casey Martin: "Everyone's chipped up. It's a big day. There'll be three games."

    Back maybe in 2010, I gave everybody chips at the start of a quarter and said, "We're gonna have this quarter-long process where we compete for everything, and at the end of the day the guy's gonna get all the chips, and everyone's gonna bust out, and there's gonna be a winner." They just wanted to beat each other, and that's what I love.

    "Second round, it was Parker. I'm gonna put it right there."

    I always think maybe it's run its course and guys don't wanna do it, but then when we start doing it, guys wanna win. And I see the juice, so to speak, and guys wanna try to beat each other. And they don't like giving up their chips, and they love getting the chips at the end of practice when they do well. And it's fun, but very competitive. It's working, so we just continue to do it.

    The experience that those kids had in 2016, winning—they will have that for the rest of their life. I love being a part of that. That means a lot to me.

    Obviously, I want them to be great at golf, but at the same time not to take the shortcuts as a human being, to do it the right way.

    Edwin Yi: For me, he's a mentor, my second father figure in a way.

    Casey Martin: "Hey guys, text us updated chip count, would ya? Just so that we know what we gotta deal with. Did anybody bust out today?"

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