I Think, Therefore I Am

first_imgLOS ANGELES – Butch Harmon didn’t transform Jimmy Walker’s swing during this marvelous run of victories. More than anything, he transformed Walker’s thinking. He turned him into a badass. “Butch tells Jimmy `You’re a badass!’” says Erin Walker, Jimmy’s wife. “Butch tells him `You’re the man!’ Butch tells him these things all the time. “When you hear from the best coach who’s ever lived that you’re a badass, you have to believe it. I think that’s where this confidence is coming from.” OK, if you know Walker, you know he isn’t a you-know-what, not in the conventional sense. Between the ropes, though, Harmon is getting Walker to believe things about himself he never believed before. His work with Harmon is the largest factor in the 35-year-old Walker suddenly emerging as a force on the PGA Tour. Harmon is a significant reason Walker will tee it up Thursday at the Northern Trust Open with a chance to win for the fourth time in this 2013-14 season. Video: Walker discusses hot start from Riviera Northern Trust Open: Articles, videos and photos That’s what the confidant closest to Walker believes. “What’s different now?” Erin says. “It’s got to be Butch Harmon. He’s the reason. Butch didn’t have to change a lot in Jimmy’s swing. He had a good foundation from his old coach. I think it’s just the confidence Jimmy’s getting from having Butch Harmon want him in his stable of players, from being able to call Butch Harmon whenever he wants, to have Butch Harmon standing on the range with him. That’s really the only difference from Jimmy now and Jimmy three years ago.” Walker says he gets a lot of blunt direction from Harmon. “He sends me motivational texts,” Walker says. “He’s a pretty to-the-point guy. I like that about him. He says it’s all about winning.” Walker was a talented young prospect coming out of Baylor. He won twice on the Nationwide Tour in ’04, winning the tour’s money title and Player of the Year award. He would go on to battle neck and shoulder injuries and fail to reach the promise so many saw in his swing and game. Back in 2012, Walker sought out Harmon, asking for help. That first year, Harmon didn’t have room for Walker in his four-player stable. Harmon told Walker he would work with him at his school in Las Vegas, but he couldn’t work with Walker at tournaments. A little less than a year watching the potential in Walker, Harmon decided to take Walker under his wing as a full-fledged stable member early in the spring of 2013. Given Harmon’s status as the No. 1 teacher in the game, it was a bit surprising to see him take on an aging, winless player. What did Harmon see? “I saw tremendous talent,” Harmon said. “But I wasn’t sure how good he believed he was.” So Harmon went to work on more than Walker’s swing. “Jimmy needed to believe in himself more than anything,” Harmon said. “We worked on his swing, but it was important to get through to him how good he really was.” Harmon got Walker to believing that when he stepped inside the ropes, he could kick some butt. “We’re not drinking any magic potion,” Erin said. “Jimmy’s just confident, and confidence goes a long ways. He feels validated winning. That does amazing things for your golf and confidence.” Harmon mixes a little tough love with that back-slapping encouragement and bravado. With Walker glowing after the 2013 PGA Tour season, Harmon challenged him. Walker had just finished his best year on Tour, finishing a career-best 28th on the money list. That wasn’t good enough for Harmon. “We didn’t win,” Harmon told Walker flatly. “That’s what we want. That’s why we play golf. It’s all about winning.” Walker went out and won his first start of the new 2013-14 season. “You got to know when to kick a guy in the butt, you got to know when to give him a hug,” Harmon said. “You got to know when to give a guy some space, and you got to know when to make him laugh. I treat every player different. Jimmy needed to believe in himself more than anything.” These days, Walker is radiating with belief.last_img

‘Gardathug’ YouTube video pair given suspended jail sentences

first_imgNews Google+ Twitter By News Highland – May 10, 2013 Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 45 new social homes to be built in Dungloe Previous articleSeptic tank waste most likely cause of west Donegal swan deathsNext articleFive people rescued from stricken boat in Donegal Bay News Highland Pinterest Google+ Consultation launched on proposal to limit HGV traffic in Clady WhatsAppcenter_img Twitter Two men who videoed an attempted Garda search of them on a mobile phone were given suspended jail sentences today.John Deegan and Sean Fitzgerald had put the video on YouTube, called it Gardathugs, and claimed it showed harassment and intimidation by gardai at the Market Yard, Ballyshannon.It was viewed by Judge Kevin Kilrane in court.Judge Kilrane, who had convicted the two and remanded them in custody for a week, said in Sligo District Court today that the video proved the harassment and intimidation was done by the defendants and not the gardai.He said the gardai were rightfully attempting to conduct a search of the men and a van they were in on suspicion that one of them had drugs although no drugs were found.He said both men represented themselves at an earlier hearing in Ballyshannon District Court and made serious allegations of garda harassment and intimidation.When he found the allegations were unfounded and that instead the men were the intimidators he remanded them to consider what prison sentence to impose.The judge said both men had now placed before him letters of apology which were impressive. Testimonials which accompanied 40-year-old Deegan’s were “quite impressive.”.Deegan, of Drumacrin Avenue, Bundoran, and Fitzgerald, of Dalgan Rd, Navan, Co, Meath, were convicted of obstructing gardai last July 18 at Ballyshannon market yard and refusing a drugs search.Each received a one-month prison sentence suspended for two years. ‘Gardathug’ YouTube video pair given suspended jail sentences Facebook Today is the 30th anniversary of Eddie Fullerton’s murder Disruption to cancer service will increase mortality – Oncologist Hospitalisations rise as Donnelly suggests masks will stay ’til autumn Donegal hoteliers enjoy morale boost as bookings increase WhatsApp Facebooklast_img read more

Solicitation effort nets suspect, 32, 15-year sentence

first_img Vavasseur must register as a sex offender for 10 years. BEAUMONT — Judge Raquel West has sentenced Kirt Vavasseur, 32, to 15 years in prison for second-degree online solicitation of a minor.Vavasseur was also sentenced concurrently to 10 years in the Institutional Division in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice on three other charges of online solicitation related to the same investigation.In an issued statement, the Jefferson County District Attorney’s office said that shortly before Halloween 2017, law enforcement assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force conducted Operation “Trick or Treat” to target individuals attempting to prey on children over the internet. A task force member posed online as a 14-year-old girl named “Jane” and Vavasseur contacted her. Vavasseur told “Jane” he was 16 and not long into their conversation, Vavasseur sent “Jane” four pictures of himself and his genitals. Over the next month, they exchanged sexually explicit messages and he asked her to meet him in person.On Nov. 27, Vavasseur made plans with “Jane” to meet at a store in Fannett where law enforcement identified him and later arrested him on four charges of online solicitation of a minor.Three of the cases were third-degree felonies, with a range of punishment of two to 10 years in TDC. The fourth case was a second-degree felony with a punishment range of two to 20 years TDC because of Vavasseur’s attempt to meet with “Jane.”last_img read more