Doctors need help managing their ‘perpetual state of transition’

first_img By Jason J. Han and Neha Vapiwala Oct. 3, 2017 Reprints Neha Vapiwala APStock First OpinionDoctors need help managing their ‘perpetual state of transition’ Yet medical training — from the first day of med school and throughout a physician’s career — is a continuous series of transitions. Each rotation, perhaps even each day, builds upon the one before, not only with regard to competence but also in terms of the level of responsibility and extent of accountability toward patients, colleagues, and the profession. To train in medicine is to be in a perpetual state of transition, where each step brings a new set of expectations for the physician. Related: [email protected] To fight physician burnout, I’m making a binder of medical successes Some argue that these transitions help trainees quickly learn to adapt and gain the independence and self-motivation required to succeed in a field as arduous as clinical medicine. Many individuals thrive in this system.Even so, students, residents, and even experienced physicians struggle with the weight and the anxiety of facing these transitions on their own. Imagine having to constantly adapt to a completely foreign environment each month and having to learn a new workflow from scratch, all the while facing expectations to provide excellent care. This may partly explain the high rates of depression, burnout, and even suicide among medical trainees.Until the concept of transition is broadened to include the changes and transformations trainees undergo periodically, the support structure will continue to fall short of their needs.Many medical education programs have implemented wellness curricula for new trainees to help them learn self-care strategies like mindfulness practices, cognitive-behavioral strategies, emotion processing techniques, finding meaning reflections, dealing with death and dying and more. At our institution, the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, the internal medicine intern wellness program provides four sessions during the intern year. These focus on increasing awareness and ownership of physical and psychological well-being, recognizing signs of burnout and disability, and honing effective communications skills for navigating emotionally complex scenarios.Making self-care part of a physician’s daily life is a necessary first step. Yet, these initiatives have the potential to serve as more than Band-Aids that alleviate and patch the stresses that accompany medical students’ transitions to internship and beyond.Implementing a peer-to-peer support structure with oversight for the various transitions that span post-med school training, whether it be rotation-to-rotation or from semester-to-semester, can better address the root of the problem. Peers who have already experienced various rotations can be the most valuable resources in orienting future residents, but currently these conversations and collegial “orientations” are unofficial. How do young doctors find balance after a 28-hour workday? center_img Transition points in patient care, like the handoff of a patient from a doctor ending his shift to one beginning hers, are widely recognized as periods of increased risk of error. Yet what many in medicine overlook are the hazards of transition points in physicians’ training.Each July, new medical school graduates and other physicians-in-training enter the next stages of their careers. Ranging from interns to residents and fellows, these rising physicians participate in orientation programs as a part of periodic, ongoing transitions into new, progressively expanding clinical roles.At every level of training beyond medical school, there is a strong assumption that these periods of transition are limited to big new beginnings, and that the trainees will rapidly settle in. Orientations tend to focus on the logistics of starting a new job, pivoting from a deluge of information about electronic medical records and human resources packets to ice breakers and password setups. After a few weeks, programs designed to aid in transitions taper off, aside from a few individual review meetings with the program director. Trainees are expected to take flight relatively independently.advertisement Tags educationhospitalsphysicians Related: Jason J. Han These sessions should specifically address the most practical concerns, particularly related to workflow, that accompany each transition: What are the day-to-day tasks an intern, resident, or fellow on a particular service is expected to perform? How does the individual fit into the team’s overall workflow structure? What are the skills and tasks that are essential to maintaining the day-to-day operations?Such matters are generally absent from the current orientation content. Including them could not only help optimize transitions and reduce stress for the staff, but could also contribute to patient care and safety.Existing orientation programs undeniably help physicians-in-training grow more attuned to their emotions and take ownership of their own well-being. Yet they address only the beginning of the cultural transition that medicine needs to undergo.The road to competence in medicine is long, continuous, and stepwise. Only by recognizing the challenges and potential dangers in our own transitions can we one day find ourselves transformed into the health care providers we aspire to be.Jason J. Han, M.D., is a resident in cardiothoracic surgery in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Neha Vapiwala, M.D., is an associate professor and vice chair of education in the Department of Radiation Oncology and assistant dean of student affairs in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. [email protected] Trainees tend to switch rotations monthly, often having to figure out how to survive and thrive on the job while constantly adapting to new environments with new bosses and sets of expectations. As soon as they master the workflow in one rotation, they transition to the next, repeating the cycle of starting from a blank slate. The experience of trainees is more akin to punctuated equilibrium than it is to gradual evolution. What is demanded of trainees is not transition but constant transformation.advertisement About the Authors Reprintslast_img read more

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PlanPlus Planit released for India

IGM Financial takes ownership stake in digital planning platform Share this article and your comments with peers on social media An official launch ceremony was held at the Consul General of Canada in Mumbai in December, where PlanPlus’ latest version of its software was unveiled for use by financial professionals in India. “PlanPlus has come a long way in terms of customization of the PlanPlus Planit solution for the Indian market,” said Partha Iyengar, founder and CEO of Accretus Solutions, a fee-only financial planning firm in Mumbai. Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Winfund to integrate Invesco’s advisorDUO tool into wealth management software SALT Associates joins LOGiQ3 family IE Staff “India is an amazing country undergoing massive changes with their emerging middle class and the need for sound financial advice,” said Shawn Brayman, PlanPlus Inc. president. “Although I believe PlanPlus will bring great value to local financial planners, I also believe we will learn many things as well. The Indian regulator is taking some innovative steps to try and evolve proper channels for true objective advice without commissions while at the same time supporting traditional commission driven sales roles,” said Brayman. India has well over 1 million insurance agents and a growing community of mutual fund sales people. FPSB India, holder of the CFP mark in India is working aggressively to introduce the concept of financial planning with tens of thousands enrolled in the education and certification programs. “Aside from the technical competence of the planners here in India, I have been very impressed by the spiritual and ethical commitment to try and do the best things for the client,” said Tang Wee Hen, VP Asia for PlanPlus. “Many of them appear to be natural life planners and it will be very rewarding to work with them to provide software and training to make their planning practices more effective.” Based in Lindsay, Ont., PlanPlus Inc. develops personal financial and investment planning software tools and training for use by financial institutions, professional advisors and consumers. PlanPlus is being used in over 30 countries and in several languages including English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Hungarian, German, Russian, Dutch, Portuguese and more. Keywords SoftwareCompanies PlanPlus Global Inc. read more

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Royal Bank to raise mortgage rates starting next week

CMHC looks to make it easier for self-employed to obtain a mortgage Facebook LinkedIn Twitter The biggest increase affects a five-year closed mortgage that RBC has been offering at 3.09 per cent — a promotional rate below the regular rate of 5.14 per cent. The special five-year rate will rise to 3.29 per cent. Royal’s one-year closed mortgages will rise 14 basis points to 3.14 per cent and there will also be increases of 10 basis points for two-, three- and four-year mortgages. Royal is the first of Canada’s major banks to announce higher mortgage rates since Canadian bond prices plunged last month. Canada’s banks use the bond market to fund their commercial lending activities so other mortgage lenders may follow RBC’s lead. Consumer debt driven by new mortgages, but credit card debt at six-year low Related news Banks raise mortgage rates One of Canada’s biggest mortgage lenders says many of its rates are going up Monday. Royal Bank of Canada (TSX:RY) says the increases will range from 10 to 20 basis points, depending on the type of mortgage. Keywords MortgagesCompanies Royal Bank of Canada Canadian Press Share this article and your comments with peers on social media read more

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PM Challenges DHL to Prepare to Meet New Opportunities Coming Under EPA

first_imgPM Challenges DHL to Prepare to Meet New Opportunities Coming Under EPA UncategorizedMarch 17, 2008 RelatedPM Challenges DHL to Prepare to Meet New Opportunities Coming Under EPA RelatedPM Challenges DHL to Prepare to Meet New Opportunities Coming Under EPA FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Prime Minister Bruce Golding has challenged DHL Express to prepare itself to step up its services so that when Jamaica begins to take advantage of the duty free, quota free benefits offered under the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), it can interface with this new thrust to provide some of the critical services that will be required.Mr Golding said countries like Jamaica are no longer a part of a little world but a village that is becoming smaller and much of the interaction is taking place in the form of commercial transactions. Jamaica, he said, must assert itself and jump on board as failure to do so could mean that the country will be left behind.Mr Golding was speaking on Saturday night (March 15) at the 20th anniversary reception of DHL Express at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel.He said Jamaica can no longer go into the future with the precarious dependence on primary products such as sugar, banana and bauxite.“We cannot afford this not only because the markets for these products are so volatile and our competitiveness is so often overtaken by other countries, but there is so much more value and more assurance if we are able to have a range of products that are penetrating different markets. So that even if there is a market downturn in some commodities, we know we are not so dependent that they can undermine our own economy,’ he said.Mr Golding said that Jamaica is trying to position itself to find a niche in the enormous market of 450 million people in Europe, to demonstrate the quality and uniqueness of our goods under Brand Jamaica.Mr Golding said that another area of opportunity for DHL services could be the area of air cargo. Jamaica, he said had done tremendously well as a transhipment port for sea vessels based on its strategic location to North America, Latin America and Europe. He said through the Minister of Transport and Works, Mike Henry, a study has been commissioned to deal with the establishment of an air cargo transhipment hub in Vernamfield and as soon as this is completed, government would be meeting with investors on its implementation.DHL’s CEO for International Americas, Mr Steve Garside, announced that Jamaica is now rated number 5 out of 50 countries for improved quality of service and last year the company opened a new state of the art gateway in Kingston and will be opening another one in Montego Bay soon. The company operates 365 days a year with an aircraft fleet of 350 and has been voted the most global company in the world.center_img RelatedPM Challenges DHL to Prepare to Meet New Opportunities Coming Under EPA Advertisementslast_img read more

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St Kilda Penguin Parade Re-Opens To Visitors

first_imgSt Kilda Penguin Parade Re-Opens To Visitors VIC PremierVictorians can once again watch the penguins on parade with the re-opening of the St Kilda Pier Breakwater – one of Melbourne’s top tourist attractions.Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio joined Member for Albert Park Martin Foley and Member for Southern Metropolitan Nina Taylor on the opening night to watch hundreds of Little Penguins make their nightly waddle home to shore.It was the first time the Breakwater has been open to visitors since its closure last year, with the attraction now boasting three scheduled viewings an evening and roaming Penguin Rangers to ensure COVIDSafe arrangements.The St Kilda Pier Breakwater is home to up to 1,400 Little Penguins and has become one of Melbourne’s most popular tourist hotspots, previously drawing crowds of up to 3,000 people a night.The five new Penguin Rangers and three scheduled viewings – limited to 30 people per viewing based on current COVIDSafe arrangements – means the attraction can once again resume safely.Tours to see the penguin colony are free, but tickets must be pre-booked on the Parks Victoria website at parks.vic.gov.au/places-to-see. Tours will run nightly from February to April 2021.Originally built for as a sailing harbour for the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, a colony of Little Penguins moved in at the Breakwater once the athletes departed, roosting in the rocks after a long day’s fishing.With their unique blue feathers, Little Penguins are the world’s smallest penguin species, about the height of a football and weighing around 1 kilogram each.Unlike their country cousins at Phillip Island, Little Penguins have exceptionally long breeding seasons due to the high availability of the penguin’s favourite foods, like pilchards and anchovies, in Port Phillip Bay. They are doubly fat and fluffy at the moment – the end of the breeding season – as they prepare to moult.As stated by Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio“Our COVIDSafe measures will ensure as many people as possible can enjoy seeing the penguins each evening throughout the summer, as safely as possible.”“I’m thrilled that St Kilda’s cutest residents will once again be open for visitors with the help of Parks Victoria rangers and Earthcare volunteers – they deserve an adoring (and respectful) audience.”As stated by Member for Albert Park Martin Foley“The Little Penguin colony at St Kilda is one of Melbourne’s most special and iconic sights – these new measures will not only help crowds be COVIDSafe but also ensure the penguins are disturbed as little as possible.”As stated by Member for Southern Metropolitan Nina Taylor“These penguins have been a part of the landscape at the St Kilda Pier Breakwater for decades and it is fantastic we can once again enjoy the sight of these beautiful animals waddling to shore.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Albert, athletes, AusPol, Australia, climate, climate change, environment, fishing, football, Government, Melbourne, Minister, Olympics, penguin, Port Phillip, southern, species, the Rock, Victorialast_img read more

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2014 A Good Year For Tourism Sector – McNeill

first_imgAdvertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail 2014 A Good Year For Tourism Sector – McNeillJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay Tourism and Entertainment Minister, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill says that 2014 has been “a very good year” for tourism in Jamaica.He said that November 2014 “has gone down as the best November Jamaica has ever had” with arrivals showing an increase of more than six per cent for the month. July saw a record 221,000 stopover arrivals, the largest that the country has ever seen in a single month.The Minister was addressing the 13th Sandals Travel Agency Recognition (STAR) awards held on December 9, at the Sandals Grande Riviera Beach and Villa Golf Resort in Ocho Rios, St. Ann.He noted that arrivals for the year are up over three per cent over 2013, and “we are now certain that we will once again pass the 3 million mark,” in terms of stopover and cruise passengers.Last year, for the first time, Jamaica welcomed over 2 million stopover visitors to the island.“This year has been a very good year for Jamaica… we are doing very well,” Dr. McNeill said.The Minister praised the work of Sandals’ employees, noting that they are contributing to Jamaica’s success in the hospitality industry.He noted that the success that Sandals and Jamaica enjoy is largely due to the hard work of the local and overseas travel agents as well as the on-site employees at all the hotels in the Sandals chain.Dr. McNeill said it is important for the overseas travel agents to come to Jamaica and get firsthand knowledge of the tourism product in order to be able to effectively sell destination Jamaica.He also commended Chairman of the Sandals Group, Gordon “Butch” Stewart for his vision in refining and rebranding the resorts and products in order for Sandals and Jamaica to remain attractive in the marketplace.“They have done wonders …Sandals is the largest chain in the Caribbean,  the largest indigenous chain here in Jamaica…apart from everything else, apart from running a good business, they have been good corporate citizens here in Jamaica. When an organization is involved in the community and is involved in the development of their workers and staff, it really makes a difference. Among the best workers in the tourist industry are those persons employed to Sandals,” he stated. RelatedJamaica to Enter Tourism Timeshare Market Story HighlightsTourism and Entertainment Minister, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill says that 2014 has been “a very good year” for tourism in Jamaica.He said that November 2014 “has gone down as the best November Jamaica has ever had” with arrivals showing an increase of more than six per cent for the month. July saw a record 221,000 stopover arrivals, the largest that the country has ever seen in a single month.center_img Photo: JIS PhotographerTourism and Entertainment Minister, Dr. the Hon. Wykeham McNeill, delivers the keynote address at the 13th Sandals Travel Agency Recognition (STAR) awards held on Tuesday, December 9, at the Sandals Grande Riviera Beach and Villa Golf Resort in St. Ann. RelatedMoon Palace Jamaica Grande to Open January 15 RelatedHotel Projects to Create Jobs for Thousands of Jamaicans 2014 A Good Year For Tourism Sector – McNeill TourismDecember 11, 2014Written by: Marlon Tinglinglast_img read more

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India regulator orders operators to pay users for dropped calls

first_img Tags India adds detail on network equipment restrictions AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 16 OCT 2015 Previous ArticleAsia Briefs: Indonesia’s tighter registration rules to slow SIM uptake, Viettel expands into Tanzania & moreNext ArticlePolish 4G auction raises $2.5B – report India to shun China vendors in 5G trials Joseph Waring WhatsApp takes more heat in India Authorcenter_img HomeAsiaNews India regulator orders operators to pay users for dropped calls After India’s dropped call problem has worsened over the past year, the country’s telecoms regulator has ordered mobile operators to pay customers INR1 ($0.015) for each dropped call.The new regulation, which is expected to come into effect soon, will limit operators to compensating customers for a maximum of three calls per day, the Economic Times reported.Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), which has been investigating consumer complaints over the past six months, said yesterday it has found no significant improvement in the call drop rate in Mumbai and Delhi and said operators have been slow to address the problem.Communication and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told TRAI to penalise operators for their dropped calls, the Times said.The number of dropped calls during peak hours has almost doubled over the last year, a TRAI study found.The TRAI report said no operator in Mumbai is meeting its benchmark. It found that in Delhi services from the largest operators – Airtel, Vodafone and Aircel – were substandard, while Idea Cellular, Reliance Communications and Tata Teleservices had made some improvements. Related Asia dropped callsIndianetwork qualitypenality Joseph Waring joins Mobile World Live as the Asia editor for its new Asia channel. Before joining the GSMA, Joseph was group editor for Telecom Asia for more than ten years. In addition to writing features, news and blogs, he… Read more last_img read more

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Lockdown weighs on Telecom Italia performance

first_img Previous ArticleAmerican Tower explores Israel moveNext ArticleFacebook Reels out TikTok rival feature worldwide Telecom Italia bets on long-term renewable energy Telecom Italia felt the force of the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic on its Q2 numbers, as it reported a revenue decline due to reductions in store footfall and roaming traffic.Aside from the Covid-19 impact, in its earnings statement it explained the downward trend also reflected rationalisation of the product portfolio and greater discipline in commercial processes, launched in 2019.Revenue dropped 10.1 per cent year-on-year to €3.8 billion: it did not provide a net profit figure.Net debt amounted to €26 billion, down from €26.7 billion.It ended June 2020 with 30.5 million domestic mobile lines, down 3.7 per cent.However, it pointed to the addition of 87,000 active lines in its home market, mainly driven by retention and loyalty actions involving converging customers, along with a slowdown in commercial operations in the lockdown period.Sales and acquisitions In Brazil, the company is currently trying to acquire the mobile assets of rival Oi, together with Telefonica and Claro.It said it made a binding offer of BRL16.5 billion (€2.6 billion), and it is awaiting a decision.Revenue in Brazil fell 32 per cent to €658 million.In other updates, the operator said its board favoured a €1.8 billion bid from financial company KKR to acquire a 37.5 per cent stake in its network entity FiberCorp, and it will discuss the move with the government before making a decision.Authorities asked Telecom Italia to also negotiate a deal with rival Open Fiber, which is controlled by government entity Enel and state lender GDP. Such a move would combine operations and see the formation of a single wholesale-only broadband network in the country. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Las grandes operadoras europeas ponen condiciones a las RAN abiertas Q2 earningsTelecom Italia Kavit joined Mobile World Live in May 2015 as Content Editor. He started his journalism career at the Press Association before joining Euromoney’s graduate scheme in April 2010. Read More >> Read more Tags Telecom Italia confident on hitting annual goalscenter_img Related Home Lockdown weighs on Telecom Italia performance AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 05 AUG 2020 Español Kavit Majithia Authorlast_img read more

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The Long View

first_imgORLANDO, Fla. – A few years back a group of on-air pundits were asked who would be the first Swede to win a major championship. Someone picked Carl Pettersson. Another went with Jonas Blixt. Annika Sorenstam’s name may have also been mentioned in jest; it’s hard to remember exactly because of what happened next. Henrik Stenson entered the “Morning Drive” studio for the next segment and glared at your scribe, a member of that misguided group, and said simply, menacingly even, “That was a mistake.” As the golf world inches closer to the year’s first men’s major at Augusta National, Stenson’s admonishment is starting to feel more like foreshadowing. Arnold Palmer Invitational: Articles, videos and photos On Sunday on a softer-than-Wonder Bread Bay Hill layout, the stoic-looking Swede didn’t win that elusive major or even a mid-major, but he certainly seemed to take a step toward breaking through that Grand Slam ceiling. A half-world away Pete Cowen didn’t watch Stenson’s eventful final round at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. He didn’t see him squander a one-stroke lead late Sunday at Bay Hill. He didn’t need to. After 14 years and endless hours working with him on far-flung practice tees he knows the talent that burns within the 38-year-old. So instead, he watched the Man United-Liverpool tilt. When it comes to Stenson, Cowen knows the fine line between victory and defeat is measured in the moments when things aren’t going his way. “We like to say if he can keep his melon on he can win anywhere,” Cowen said. Whether Stenson’s melon is squarely fused to his broad shoulders permanently is still unknown, as evidenced by his near-miss at Arnie’s invitational. After starting the day with a two-stroke advantage, he dropped two behind the likes of Morgan Hoffmann only to forge ahead with birdies at Nos. 11 and 12. That’s where the line became blurry. It’s the moment when he and Hoffmann, who was paired with Stenson, were put on the clock by a PGA Tour rules official on the 15th hole. It was the second time the group was subjected to the pressures of a stopwatch, and will be documented as the moment Stenson three-putted from 45 feet at No. 15, and then he needed three more from the fringe at the par-5 16th hole. For a player who had recorded just two three-putts his first three days it was the metaphorical fork in the road. “It’s hard when you don’t feel like you can take the time you need,” said Stenson, who would par the final three holes to finish a stroke behind API winner Matt Every. “I just don’t see the point.” Widely considered a “five-tool” player, it’s Stenson’s ability, and at times inability, to deal with adversity that has covered the divide between consensus world-beater and would-be champion. It’s why when Stenson rang Cowen past midnight on Wednesday about a swing that had been blown out of position by winds that buffeted the pro-am, the swing coach calmly worked his man through the moment. “There is one fault that he has with his swing and one fault only,” Cowen said. The two discussed the esoteric elements of Stenson’s swing. Essentially, Cowen walked him through the mechanics of “getting pressure on the ball.” Put another way, predictable contact creates repeatable results, and Stenson responded with three consecutive rounds in the 60s. There was no sense of urgency for either Stenson or Cowen because when it comes to the golf swing he is the quintessential Swede, unflappable and detail driven. It’s an advantage Stenson has come by honestly after a career dotted with peaks and valleys yet defined by quality with Tour victories at a World Golf Championship, The Players and two FedEx Cup playoff stops. “He’s been through two adverse periods and that has given him confidence to know he can handle anything,” said Cowen, referring to Stenson’s swoons in 2003, when he drifted to 502nd in the world, and 2012, when he dropped to 222nd. “His caddie [Gareth Lord] said that if he keeps his head we’ll have chances every week.” So far in 2015 on the PGA Tour Stenson has largely played to that script, finishing fourth in his first two starts of the season and runner-up on Sunday at Bay Hill. It’s likely why Stenson took the long view following his near-miss at Bay Hill. “My goal is to play as good as I can, be up in contention as many times as I can and the more times I’m there the more tournaments I will win,” Stenson said. “It’s still good practice to feel the heat and be out there in contention today.” But for those who know Stenson, and what he is capable of, it’s not practice that he needs if he’s going to finish his major quest. “He’s good enough to win anything, the thing is staying patient,” Cowen said. Whether he maintained that patience on Sunday at Bay Hill is open to interpretation, although he didn’t break any clubs like he’s done regularly in his career, most notably at the 2013 BMW Championship, but he may have broken some china with the Tour official with the quick second hand. What isn’t open for discussion is Stenson’s status as the clear second favorite, behind a slow-starting Rory McIlroy, heading into the Masters. “I think Stenson has played his way to being a favorite,” said Ernie Els when asked about the possible contenders heading into the year’s first major next month at Augusta National. He also moved to No. 2 in the World Golf Ranking with his bridesmaid showing at the API, but then Cowen didn’t need to see any of that to grasp his man’s status as a major championship conversation starter. And now the rest of the golf world is learning it, one misguided pundit at a time.last_img read more

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Bradley’s BMW victory worth the (long) wait

first_imgNEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. – Through 54 holes, Keegan Bradley had done enough to secure an invite to the Tour Championship. He was three off the lead, hunting his first win in six years. But when two days worth of rain threatened to cancel the final round of the BMW Championship, part of him thought, maybe that’s just fine. “Truthfully I was really fixated on making the Tour Championship, and I kind of knew if we didn’t play today, I was in it,” he said Monday, sitting next to both the BMW Championship trophy and the FedExCup. “It was the weirdest couple of days because I knew in the back of my mind if we didn’t play, I was in Atlanta. It was my goal to start the year. It was difficult to get ready to play because I was like, ‘Man, if they call it, I’m good.’ But I was only three back.” Luckily for Bradley, the Tour was able to stage the final round outside Philadelphia. And when it finally ended, a day late, with rain still falling on Aronimink Golf Club, it was Bradley celebrating on the 18th green, raising his arms in victory after defeating Justin Rose in a playoff. Updated FedExCup standings Full-field scores from BMW Championship A winner for the first time as a husband and a father, Bradley said he had to avoid looking at his wife Jillian and son Logan on his return trip up 18. He was struggling to maintain his emotions. Once it was over, he was able to do what he’s seen so many of his colleagues do so many times before – embrace his family as a champion. “I’ve been dreaming of doing that with my wife for – we’ve been together for a long time. To have my son there, it’s just like – you see it on TV so much, and as a dad and as a husband, you think, ‘Geez, that would be the most incredible feeling.’ … “I was just so happy to see them run out. To win and to put everything together when I didn’t know if I was going to win again, to get to the Tour Championship, to have them here and have what’s going on in my life is just so amazing. I’m so lucky. This is an upper-echelon tournament to win. It’s a great win to come back after six years. So I’m very proud of that.” Monday’s victory marks the end of a six-year slump for Bradley, the 2011 PGA champion, who dipped as low as 122nd in the world in 2016. That year’s anchor ban was not kind to Keegan, leaving him to alternate between shorter and longer putters, to figure out how to hole putts with the grip of his club no longer pressed against his body. He became so fixated on his performance on the greens that he soon lost track of his golf swing. And it was only once he fixed every other part of his game that he could once again focus on his putting. On Monday, Bradley credited his friend Webb Simpson, who went through a similar post-anchor transition, for inspiring him to rededicate himself to arm-lock putting. “A lot has happened to me over these six years,” Bradley said. “The belly putter was a tougher transition than I thought, and I kind of fell off the radar there for a little while. It’s tough to go from being on Ryder Cup teams, being on Presidents Cup teams, to outside the top 100 in the world. “It was about two years ago, maybe. I had missed over 10 cuts. … It’s scary when I look back because I didn’t know I needed this much improvement. But to put it all together, especially with the putter the way it was this week and the way it’s becoming, is so gratifying. Because for a little while, I didn’t know if I was going to be able to get back to this spot, and today I did it.” By virtue of his return to East Lake – his first trip since 2013 – Bradley will once again reap the benefits of being a top-30 player on Tour. Atlanta invitees are exempt into all four of the following year’s majors in addition to the season’s first two World Golf Championships. Bradley hasn’t made the Masters since his exemption for winning the PGA ran out, but he’ll be back at Augusta next April. That kind of scheduling certainty is why he was so focused on qualifying for the Tour Championship, and why he really gave some thought to the benefits of what could have been a rain-shortened event. “It’s a game changer for a player like me that’s not in the top 50 to get in the Tour Championship,” he said. “You’re in all the WGCs, or most of them. You’re in all the majors. And that’s so huge for a player where I am at this point because then I can play my way back into the top 50. “So thankfully we got out here and played, and I made it to Atlanta and more now.”last_img read more

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