Brook's blog: Lipsky's 2-week adventure

Tue 14 Jul 2015

Brook's blog: Lipsky's 2-week adventure

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David Lipsky turns 27 on the same week where he will make his debut in his first ever Major championship at The Open which will be played at St. Andrews, the Home of Golf.
After a challenging season so far, will the reigning Asian Tour Order of Merit champion feel pressure or enjoy the experience at The Open? Let’s not forget that he also defends his title at the Omega European Masters next week!
Lipsky looks back on his career on the Asian Tour where he earned playing rights after winning the 2012 Qualifying School in Thailand.
“I would never have thought I would be where I am three years ago when I started on the Asian Tour,” he revealed.
[pullquote align="left"]I am really looking forward to seeing The Road hole, hitting my drive on the first on Thursday and crossing that bridge that all the legends of the game have crossed - David Lipsky on The Open.[/pullquote]He won in his rookie year at the 2012 Hands Faldo Cambodian Classic and steady progress saw him claim a career-changing victory at the 2014 Omega European Masters in Switzerland, the only event to be sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour in Europe.
“I struggled plenty on my journey to where I am at. Coming from a multi-ethnic and cultural background meant that I never quite fit in anywhere, but it also gave me the opportunity grow and learn in a different way. I struggled with my golf for most of my junior/amateur career,” Lipsky explained.
Lipsky and his brother Michael were born and raised by his Lithuanian father and Korean mother, Aaron and Yon Suk, in Los Angeles until he went to Northwestern University in Chicago, one of the most selective universities in the United States.
His parents always stressed the importance of education and it’s clear to see why he excelled at school, confident and well-crafted in his responses. A hard work ethic and love of a challenge certainly permeates the Lipsky family; as does a passion for food.
His mother started a chain of Japanese-American restaurants and his brother is a chef at Alinea, one of the top five ranked Michelin starred restaurants in the United States.
David Lipsky of the USA with the Asian Tour Order of Merit trophy David Lipsky of the USA with the Asian Tour Order of Merit trophy
“She mortgaged our house, found investors, and did pretty much anything else conceivable to get the restaurant going,” said Lipsky.
So how is he feeling about the biggest two weeks of his year (playing at The Open and defending his title at the Omega European Masters next week)?
“Biggest? Maybe. Most memorable? Definitely,” replies Lipsky. “I think I am just going to try and enjoy myself. It's hard to do especially after playing some disappointing golf in Scotland, but I can't wait to have some fun. Obviously playing well at these events opens a lot of doors. So, yes, there is no doubt that they are big. I want to play well at both of them, but I also can't put that much pressure on myself to perform.”
“Expectations change and they can put a lot of pressure on you. I am coping with that right now. I want to put together four solid rounds and let the rest happen; to get some good results to get the confidence going again.”
Lipsky is looking forward to re-visiting the happy memories of his victory in Crans Montana, one of his favourite places in the world (one of the streets in the town is named after him - a privilege afforded to all previous Omega European Masters champions). “Being a defending champion means I know how to play the course well and that I am comfortable there. It also means there are certain expectations, whether real or perceived, that exist.”
On St. Andrews and his first Major championship, "I have been told by everyone how magical the place is. I am looking forward to experiencing that myself. In terms of the golf course, I am really looking forward to seeing The Road hole, hitting my drive on the first on Thursday and crossing that bridge that all the legends of the game have crossed.”
Ends.