One of the more endearing and enduring legacies of Arnold Palmer was his refusal to enjoy, never mind celebrate, an opponent’s error. Even if it was match play and the game was at stake. He taught himself to always expect his opponent to make every putt so he could concentrate on making his own.

It is now a philosophy shared by the vast majority of professional golfers, which is why most of them still say “good shot” to their opponents no matter how much is on the line. You won’t find too many players fist-pumping somebody else’s slice onto the railway line. It is a philosophy that doesn’t work well in team sports, at least not until the action is over.

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