In the final round of the 1934 U.S. Open, Bobby Cruickshank appeared to be on his way to winning his first major tournament on the PGA tour. He had the lead on the 11th hole when a wayward shot miraculously bounced off a rock and onto the green.
Overjoyed, Cruickshank threw his club into the air, exclaiming, “Thank you, Lord!”
It turns out, he should have ducked. What goes up must come down. His golf club came down – right across his head, leaving a gash that required seven stitches. The tournament was delayed while the doctors treated the wound. When he returned, Cruickshank shot five over par for the last seven holes, losing the tournament by one stroke.
Nate Silver said, “Almost everyone’s instinct is to be overconfident.”
The Bible says it like this: “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before stumbling” (Proverbs 16:18).
Recovery Step: Stay humble.