Matthieu Pavon, curious tattoo on right hand

The translation of it would be something like 'today's effort will be tomorrow's tears of joy'

by Andrea Gussoni
Matthieu Pavon, curious tattoo on right hand
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Matthieu Pavon cried on the 18th hole for the sacrifice of achieving his first victory on the DP World Tour after 185 tournaments. The message on the tattoo he carries on his right hand, in English, says: 'The saliva that flows now will become the tears of joy tomorrow.'

Matthieu Pavon, statements

The translation of it would be something like 'today's effort will be tomorrow's tears of joy' "Professional sports require a very high level and it is very difficult to win. This phrase is to remind me that you have to work hard to win and that sometimes will make you cry because of the effort it entails.

In my case it makes me salivate because that is the phrase from Harvard (he studied French there), but in reality it could be replaced by the sweat of hard work because it has been a long wait of seven years to get here. The Rules of Golf are a set of standard rules and procedures by which the sport of golf should be played.

They are jointly written and administered by the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, the governing body of golf throughout the world, outside of the United States and Mexico, which are the responsibility of the United States Golf Association.

An expert commission made up of members of the R&A and USGA oversees and refines the rules every four years. The latest revision is effective January 1, 2016. Changes to the rules of golf generally fall into two main categories: those that improve understanding and those that in certain cases reduce penalties to ensure balance.

The rule book, entitled "Rules of Golf", is published on a regular basis and also includes rules governing amateur status. In Italy it is up to Federgolf to supervise the competitions by enforcing the rules issued by the R & A, checking that these rules are observed by the Clubs, Associations and their members and managing the resulting sporting justice, protecting their interests abroad.

The rules of golf are relatively complicated compared to other sports because they are applied outdoors, close to nature and animals. Respect for the rules is a basic element in the game of golf, which, almost always based on the self-control and free conscience of the players, often sees distorted results, consciously at times, but often unconsciously or through carelessness, due to non-compliance on the part of many players of the game rules.

In addition to rules, golf adheres to a code of conduct, known as etiquette, which generally means playing the round with due respect for the golf course and other players. Etiquette is an essential component of this sport.