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A parade of personalities heads to Tour Championship

Steve Hummer, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on

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Which brings us to the Spaniard Rohm.

He's trying to get a handle on that red mist, which occasionally gathers between his ears when the golf goes bad. You see it in the low boil after a bad shot. You saw it during the U.S. Open as he executed a nice wedge toss with a kicking flourish and had a disagreement with a bunker rake. You await the next eruption, like the crowd gathered expectantly around Old Faithful.

His mental coach is a former bomb disposal expert. Insert pithy aside here. It's just too easy.

Rohm apologized to all for the little snit at the Open and declared shortly afterward that he has "been working a lot on mindfulness -- being aware of the moment, and trying to focus on right now."

As Maltbie sees it, he is simply another player requiring work on an element of his game. Just as Johnson fine-tuned his short game, he said, so does Rahm need to go to work on his short fuse. "I admire Jon for realizing this is a weakness," Maltbie said.

He looks 30, but is just 22, so there is time for Rahm to refine his playing personality.

But what, you ask, if that is just Rohm's basic nature? What if that fire is as much a part of him as his blood type?

"People love to say, 'That's my nature.' I don't care if that's your nature or not if you want to be a great player," Rotella said. "For a guy like Rahm who's obviously a great talent, as the expectations get higher and you start to see what you're capable of, it's easy to start getting really upset when you're not living up to it. That's the challenge, to have really high expectations and stay calm out there. My guess is he wants to be great and he'll learn to control it."

"My whole teaching is that there is no perfect temperament," Rotella said. "There is no personality that has a huge advantage over another personality. It's about learning to be yourself and to play within your personality and use your (beneficial) tendencies and calm down the ones that hurt you."

This week, the focus is solely on the tendencies of just those top few FedEx Cup players as they take on East Lake, the rest of a mere 30-player field and themselves.

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