Golfer Marlin Neita was always good under pressure. Here’s why he cried after his big Swedish win.

I remember when I won a tournament in Sweden. It was a big one for me. I didn’t play as well in Europe as I did in the States, but I made it happen…

Golfer Marlin Neita was always good under pressure. Here’s why he cried after his big Swedish win.

I remember when I won a tournament in Sweden. It was a big one for me. I didn’t play as well in Europe as I did in the States, but I made it happen when I got home. I’d just come off a U.S. event, so I was really excited to win.

After the tournament finished, we gathered in the hotel and I had a big party. I still remember the room. We pulled out all the couches to make it a small ballroom. As I was walking toward the stage, I was looking around and I could see everybody all lined up right next to me. I didn’t have the words to say. I was in the room with golf legends, but I couldn’t say anything. I was too nervous. I think I cried. I love crying, though.

I also recall running around the gym for an hour after the tournament, having a workout, and then having dinner with my golf buddies. The guys who got me to the Ryder Cup are still my friends. That’s what’s great about playing in the Ryder Cup. I’ve been there eight times, and I feel like I’ve been to most of them.

I think I missed playing golf when I took on other jobs. I didn’t know what else to do. I went to school, got my Masters and then graduated at 24. That’s unusual. You see a lot of 30-somethings who just retire from golf and get into other things. I tried something different. Now I enjoy what I do more. I just stay home and read, watch TV and visit with my family.

Anna’s U.S. Masters bid turned cold this year, and she won’t be back for the 2018 event. It’s been a hard year, she says, but it’s a new challenge.

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