As soon as Peter Malnati won his first PGA Tour title, the rave reviews from his peers started to surface. Aron Price, called him one of the top three putters he's ever seen. Bob Estes said, "he might be the nicest, happiest guy I've ever met." In short, Malnati seems easy to root for. Watch this video about the bond he has with a young cancer survivor and her family and that becomes even more apparent.
But there's plenty more to like about this 28-year-old tour pro. Let's start with his blog. And no, this isn't a blog written by a team of PR people or one that an athlete goes months without updating. Malnati is an active participant, providing readers with information on what it's like to be a tour pro in an articulate manner. Here's a sample:
Lastly, I am going to commit to playing golf in the moment tomorrow, this week, and this whole season. I know from my rookie year on the PGA Tour that there are a lot thoughts and big distractions that can spiral in a player's head at this level, but I am committed to being focused on the shot at hand when it's time to hit a golf shot. I have created an anchor, something to pull me back into the present when my mind starts wondering, and I will have it in my pocket during every round I play this year. I have trained too hard mentally and physically to let the distractions beat me, and I'm not going to let that happen. I will be in the moment over all of my shots this year, and that is an exciting thought.
Sounds like someone has a post-career as a sports psychologist. And check out the goals he posted for this season in a post from last month:
Go ahead and check off those first two, Peter.