One of sport’s most well-known quotes is surely from 9-time golf major champion, Gary Player; “the more I practice, the luckier I get“.
So I was intrigued to catch a CNN chat with him alongside 20-year old Northern Ireland prodigy, Rory McIlroy. Player was asked to pass on wisdom. He gladly obliged.
His first point was that he did not believe in tiredness. He felt that the human body had huge tolerance meaning that you should always push yourself. He then recounted a brief summary of his recent itinerary, culminating in a gym session that would make many an athlete raise an eyebrow, let alone a 74-year old like him.
Then he revisited the hard work mantra. There are, he beamed, no shortcuts.