philosophical. "Obviously, the last two days I didn't drive straight,"
he said. "One of the things I have to learn how to do is to salvage a
round, even when I'm hitting the ball badly."
He was more
inclined to talk about the upside. He'd been encouraged by his practice round
with Singh, of which he said, "I felt like, a lot of times, I had almost
the same shots he did. Of course I need to keep improving, to keep growing
mentally, but this experience showed me I'm not that far away. It showed me I
can compete with the best players in the world."
Muthiya disappeared through the doors of Winged Foot's handsome stone
clubhouse, the first leg of a remarkable journey complete.