Five minutes with: Steen Tinning

Martin Park poses a few short sharp questions for The Wales Open winner...

Martin Park
Wed, 21 Jun 2000

GOLFmagic caught up with Wales Open Winner Steen Tinning to ask him a few questions about the game and his lifestyle…

Who were your sporting heroes when you were younger?
I always enjoyed badminton and football when I was younger, so Sven Pri who won the All-England Badminton one year and Alan Simonsen who played for Bayern Munich.

How do you control your anger on the course?
It differs. I have worked a lot on my mental side, so now I try not to let it get to me. That is the key to me playing well.

In percentage terms, how much of the game is physical and mental?
Mental is 90% of the game. It is so important to be relaxed and in the right frame of mind to hit the shots. 85% of my bad shots come from a mental error when I don’t feel comfortable, not nervous, but just something about the shot, or the lie or where the pin is. It is a big part of the game at our level.

Name four dinner guests, living or dead that you would invite for stimulating conversation.
I would probably like to have some fun, so Bill Murray from Caddyshack, Rodney Dangerfield in the same film, Rene Russo to add the glamour and of course my wife!

Have you ever had a shot that you wish had been on TV?
At the ninth at Crans-sur-sierre, I had to one-putt the hole to make the cut. I had 30-yards up three levels of the green and I made it! But the TV could not pick it up because it was getting dark!

Have you ever had one that you wish that had not been shown on TV?
I know that the TV has picked up a few of my bad shots, too many to count. You know that we have to hit bad shots sometimes and it is unlucky to have it on TV.

What annoys you on the golf course?
Errors. I am too much of a perfectionist. If we don’t get the yardage right or we don’t settle down on which club, I get annoyed. Sometimes it is the caddies fault, sometimes mine. We talk about it so we get it right as often as possible. All I want from a caddie is options.

If someone else is running away with the tournament, what is your motivation?
I just try to play well. I always set goals and I try to reach them and get more under par and higher up the leaderboard.

If you had to play one course for the rest of your life, where would it be?
I love the course in Dubai. I enjoy everything about that place.

What are your hobbies away from golf?
I am a bit physical. I like to play tennis, badminton and football. I just enjoy other sports. And of course, I do a bit of wine too!



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