Big Play

July 13, 2008

WHO
Anthony Kim

WHAT
109-yard gap wedge to five feet

WHERE
579-yard par-5 16th at Congressional Country Club

WHEN
Final round, AT&T National

WHY
Every Tour pro is driven, but Kim is different. Winning occasionally won't satisfy him. He's not blowing smoke when he says he wants to be the best, and now he's working hard enough to have a chance. Like Tiger Woods, Kim looks comfortable under the gun, as if he knows he'll win. Kim doesn't try to hold a lead; he tries to bury his opponents, which he did on Sunday with flawless ball striking, something I expect him to repeat many times in the coming years.

MICHAEL'S TIP
Delay the Release For Solid Impact

With all clubs, especially wedges, the release point should be ahead of the ball, so that you hit the ball before the ground. To groove the feel, try this: Without a ball, bring the left arm parallel to the ground and hold the shaft at a 90-degree angle to the left forearm (1). Rotate and maintain the 90-degree angle until your hands are in front of your left thigh (2). Release the clubhead so it impacts the turf (3).

Michael Breed teaches at Sunningdale Country Club in Scarsdale, N.Y.

... AND ANOTHER THING

"It wouldn't surprise me if Tiger Woods runs for U.S. president someday. He's exceptionally bright, universally loved and a good speaker."

GOLF MAGAZINE TOP 100 TEACHERS POLL

Should Tiger Woods attend the Ryder Cup to support the U.S. team?

Yes 47%

No 53%

"The Americans have enough trouble dealing with the Europeans; they don't need to deal with Tiger too."
—T.J. TOMASI, NANTUCKET GOLF CLUB

PHOTOCOURTESY OF CBS (KIM) PHOTOCARLOS MIGUEL SAAVEDRA (BREED) THREE PHOTOSCARLOS MIGUEL SAAVEDRA (BREED)1 2 3 PHOTOERICK W. RASCO (BACKGROUND) PHOTOROBERT BECK (WOODS)

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)