Gilder Loves Life as a Senior Player


2005 Constellation Energy ClassicThe way to play tournament golf, Bob Gilder was saying, is really simple.
The ideal thing, he said, is to play your own game and be in a fog. And hopefully, when the fog lifts, you're the one left there standing.
Gilder is the defending champion this week at the Constellation Energy Classic near Baltimore. He hasnt been the one left standing this year yet. Last years Constellation was the last of his six Champions Tour victories. His best finish this year has been a tie for sixth at the Regions Charity Classic.
Last year, Gilder was the only Champions Tour player to play in all 28 official events, and this year he has played in all 22 coming into the Constellation. And, he remains one of the top putters on tour, placing third going into this week.
The 55-year-old has been a solid performer since joining the tour in 2001, winning four times in 2002 and winning every year but 2004. It really was a nice surprise for the regular-tour journeyman who won just six times in a 24-year junior career.
I didn't know what to expect when I got out here until I got here, said Gilder in a bit of double-speak. It's probably been a little bit more than I expected, a lot nicer than I expected. Certainly seems a lot friendlier. Everybody seems to, you know, you are back with the buddies that you started out with on (the PGA) TOUR, and some of guys you haven't seen for quite a while because some of them quit playing and then came back out and started playing again.
As far as performance is concerned, I wasn't sure what to expect. I knew I could play. I knew, especially after I won, that I could win again. But winning is - you can't force winning to happen you can't do anything about the other guy. They are going to play their game and you have got to go out and play the best you can play.
You play your best and hope nobody else play(s) better than you. That is usually what happens when you win. When you try to force some things, then you make mistakes. And you don't do as well, you put too much pressure on yourself.
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