Another U.S. Open is in the books. From June 12-18, the PGA’s finest gathered at Erin Hills, in Erin, WI to battle it out for the highly coveted title. Many golfers brought their A-game, but in the end, only one could be crowned the champion.

At Premium Staffing, Inc. — one of the top Chicago staffing agencies — we’re big golf fans. We watched as much of the tournament as possible, and realized there’s a lot of parallels to the professional world. Take a look at what we learned.

The Underdog Can Win

Everyone expects a big-name golfer to win a major tournament like the U.S. Open, but this year, Brooks Koepka came out on top. Ranked 10th in the World, Koepka came into the tournament with just one career victory on the PGA Tour under his belt. Not only did Koepka win, his tournament-ending score of 16-under par tied Rory McIlory’s U.S. Open record.

This is nowhere near as surprising as it sounds, considering Koepka’s win is the 10th out of 13 times the U.S. Open title has gone to a first-time major winner. Therefore, a hunger to win really does pay off.

Success Is Never a Given

Even if they don’t win the tournament, you expect golf’s biggest names to be in the game. However, this year’s lineup had a few shakeups as Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day — the top three golfers in the world — didn’t make the cut. Despite their past successes, these three were unable to keep their game up, which ultimately kept them out of the U.S. Open.

Overthinking Can Hurt You

Jordan Spieth finished the U.S. Open strong, but struggled on Saturday, which put him out of the running for the top spot. He admitted, in an interview, that at least part of the problem was he couldn’t get out of his own head. This is certainly understandable, given the amount of pressure the 2015 U.S. Open champion has been under for another title, but overthinking certainly didn’t do him any favors.

Winning Isn’t Everything

Rickie Fowler’s golf skills are nothing short of amazing, but another major tournament is in the books and he still hasn’t scored a win. Despite the disappointment of not winning the tournament, he shared his belief that winning isn’t the only thing that matters. He explained that success is measured in many ways, and winning is just one of them. This positive attitude allows him to enjoy the great work he did in the U.S. Open, instead of focusing solely on his lack of a major title.

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