Wyndham Clark Reacts to Grayson Murray's Death: I've Been in Many Low Spots Also

"That's a sad and tragic situation that happened."-Clark said.

by Sead Dedovic
Wyndham Clark Reacts to Grayson Murray's Death: I've Been in Many Low Spots Also
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In today's world, we're witnessing a lot of changes. Mental health, which used to be a topic people avoided, is now getting more attention. We're realizing just how important it is. Athletes, in particular, face significant mental health challenges because of the intense pressure they experience in their sports careers. Sometimes, individuals find it hard to deal with this pressure and might reach a point where they feel overwhelmed, or as we say, they "burn out." 

Sadly, some may even decide to end their careers.

Recently, we saw this with Grayson Murray, a golfer on the PGA Tour, who tragically took his own life. Despite him speaking openly about his struggles with mental health throughout his career, his death shocked everyone, especially because it seemed like he was on the path to recovery. His passing has deeply affected people and has led to many questions. Could more have been done to support Clark and others like him? The answer is yes. As a society, we need to step up and prioritize mental health awareness and support.

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Wyndham Clark, the golfer who won the US Open last year, has also spoken many times about the mental health issues he has faced. One of the biggest problems is that young golfers often place huge expectations on themselves. Their coaches, caddies, and even the media sometimes create unrealistic expectations, causing aspiring golfers to expect immediate success. When things don't go as planned, many feel deeply disappointed, believing they haven't lived up to expectations or fulfilled their potential. 

The first step should be to change the mindset of young golfers and relieve the pressure they feel. Grayson Murray admitted to having enormous expectations of himself and struggled to accept when things didn't go as he envisioned. Many thoughts ran through his mind, causing him immense stress.

Clark, who knows what it's like to grapple with mental health issues, commented on the death of his fellow PGA Tour colleague. The 30-year-old golfer emphasized that it was a tragic situation. Clark pointed out that playing golf can sometimes feel lonely and extremely difficult. Wyndham admitted to battling negative thoughts for years, especially when things don't go as planned. Most golfers enter tournaments, ready to go all the way to the end. But when week after week you fail to succeed, it's natural for self-doubt to creep in.

"That's a sad and tragic situation that happened.

The unfortunate thing for what we do is it is so lonely and it's very difficult.

I've been in many low spots where you have some negative thoughts which you don't ever want to have."- Wyndham Clark said, as quoted by BBC.

This brilliant golfer, who is seeking his chance to win the US Open again in a few days, believes that everyone in the golfing world should first ask each other, "How are you doing?" rather than focusing only on performances and individual form. Wyndham believes this shift in perspective should start with the golfers themselves.

"That's more maybe on the players to take initiative to do that," -he continued.

Wyndham Clark: Your mind is a muscle. And if you don’t train it, it’s never going to grow

Clark spoke in a recent interview for Golf.com about the importance of having the right mindset and changing one's brain. In today's sport, in most cases, mindset determines who will emerge as the ultimate victor. Clark has often been frustrated with his performances in the past. He was angry and upset with himself. Over time, he realized that he needed to change his mindset. He had a huge problem of even bringing everything from the field into his social life and talking about golf. Such a mindset brought him only negative things.

“Your mind is a muscle. And if you don’t train it, it’s never going to grow. I was able to get away from golf where I wasn’t before I carried into my social life in my personal life off the golf course, which is not healthy. And so it’s amazing what it’s done, because it’s now allowed me to play golf at the highest level, but then also live life at the highest level. So I’m a huge proponent of working on your mental game.“- Clark said.

Clark highlighted the common misconception that seeking therapy implies something is inherently wrong with you. He emphasized that this perspective should be reconsidered. Even if one chooses to keep their therapy sessions private, Clark suggested that the benefits are great. Engaging in therapy allows for emotional release and can greatly improve the quality of life.

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