WHO: J.B. Holmes
WHAT: 257-yard four-iron to 14 feet to set up an eagle
WHERE: 558-yard par-5 15th hole at TPC of Scottsdale
WHEN: Final round of the FBR Open
February 13, 2006
Holmes has the rare ability to embrace pressure and remain aggressive when most players get tentative and collapse. Clinging to a one-shot lead at 15, Holmes took less club and swung away--twice. First he ripped a three-wood off the tee because he would've had to shape a driver to hit the fairway. Then for his approach to the island green he blasted a four-iron rather than trying to feather his hybrid or a three-wood.
When the Heat's On, Underclub and Turn
Under pressure, never take an extra club and swing easy. Instead, take a good rip with one less club. Make sure to turn all the way back and all the way through (that will help take the arms and hands out of the swing). If you've turned properly, your right shoulder should point directly at the target at the finish (left).
Jim Murphy, a Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher, works at Sugar Creek Country Club in Sugarland, Texas.
... AND ANOTHER THING
"Self-taught rookies J.B. Holmes and Bubba Watson prove you don't have to spend your childhood taking lessons to succeed on Tour."