Frenetic lifestyle wearing down Moseley
Jonny Moseley eased back into a plush leather seat inside the lobby at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course on Wednesday. The noticeably tired 23-year-old, who attended the press conference for the upcoming American Century Celebrity Golf Championship, seemed to relish a moment of peace. He’s been traveling for five straight days, going virtually nonstop since the end of the ski season.
“I’ve been traveling a lot, man, doing (media events) like this,” said Moseley, the charismatic defending Olympic mogul skiing gold medalist. “I’m psyched to be back in this tournament and I jones to play golf all of the time. I just haven’t been in a position to. I’ve been so unsettled that I can’t play because I’ve had so much other (stuff) going on. I’m trying to get the rest of my life together.”
That other “stuff” has included numerous public appearances for his new boss, American Skiing Company, as well as trying to return to championship skiing form following a back injury sustained during this year’s X Games. He was also recently renamed to the 2000 U.S. Freestyle Team and still is a crowd magnet wherever he appears.
He’s even moved his home to Los Angeles in order to be nearer the celebrity scene.
“I’ve only played golf twice since ski season ended – once in Jamaica and another time at the Ronnie Lott tournament in Spanish Bay. I’m now just getting to the point where I’ll be able to play,” he said.
Celebrity tournament organizers apparently didn’t mind Moseley’s last-place performance last season. In fact, his infectious smile and fan appeal probably enhanced his return status. The charming young star handed out his trademark multi-colored ski beanies during the final round and punctuated the day with a memorable “dude-like” interview on NBC.
“I was a little surprised (to be back). The tournament is about being serious and scoring well. It was a big humility lesson,” Moseley said. “If I want to be competitive out there, I’ll need to be a lot more serious. But right now, I’m more out here to have fun with the fans and players.”
Apparently, the competitor who has reached the pinnacle of his profession at a relatively young age, has learned that age-old expression, “A bad day on the golf course …”
“Playing bad golf doesn’t faze me. If I were doing that badly skiing, that would faze me. I’m competitive, but I’m not dumb. I know where my abilities stop. There’s no reason to beat the (stuff) out of yourself because you know even if you play your very best, you’ll still be at a certain level. I take it in stride and know I’ll get better when I get better. I know that when I get to the tournament, I’ll be as good as I’m going to be.”
Consequently, Moseley plans to play as often as possible between now and the start of the tournament July 2.
“I’m lucky to be in this thing. When I retire or get close to the end I’ll get a lot better at golf. Right now, five hours on the golf course could be spent getting in shape for skiing or something else. But I want to play as much as I can. This summer I’ll play a ton. It’s starting now.”
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