It’s eyes wide shut for veteran golfer

2010-12-01 07:15

Sydney – Veteran Australian golfer Peter O’Malley has a new way of coping with the anxiety of troublesome short putts: he simply shuts his eyes.

O’Malley (45) said the new don’t-look-now policy quells “visual anxiety” and helped him break a five-year title drought with a victory at last week’s New South Wales Open.

He said putting with his eyes closed was something he had “practised over a long period of time. I just close my eyes and just try to keep my head still and listen for it to go in”.

O’Malley has won eight titles since turning pro in 1987 and may have won more but for a career-long battle with putting problems.

He said he’s tried everything over the years before hitting on the idea of shutting his eyes.

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