Big Play with Derek Hardy

June 04, 2006

WHO: JeffMaggert

WHAT: 260-yardtwo-iron to 36 feet to set up an eagle

WHERE: 530-yardpar-5 16th hole at the TPC at Southwind

WHEN: Final roundof the FedEx St. Jude Classic

WHY

Maggert isconsidered a short-knocker, so most assumed he would lay up at 16. But hedisplayed plenty of power by hitting a two-iron that far. Maggert's lengthcomes from two sources: the lag (90-degree angle between the arms and shaft ofthe club) he creates going back and sustains until impact; and the ability tokeep his mind on the target, not the ball, which allows him to make a full turnthrough impact. He also remains stable, as if he's standing between twowalls.

DEREK'S TIP

Toss at theTarget
To Swing Through

This exercise,which will help you make a full turn on the downswing, promotes solid contact.Get into address position while holding a golf ball in your right hand. Thenrotate back and through, as if swinging, and toss the ball to a target 20 yardsaway. Your torso should end up facing the target (yes), not the target line(no).

Derek Hardyteaches at Los Amigos Country Club in Downey, Calif.

... AND ANOTHERTHING

"Coursemanagement companies are bad for golf. They tend to jack up prices and cutcorners while focusing only on the bottom line."

SUPER LOOPERS

It doesn't appearon the schedule, but the PGA Tour's annual caddie tournament is one of the mosthighly anticipated and hotly contested events of the season. This year'sedition, held recently at Squaw Creek Golf Club in Fort Worth, Texas, was wonby James Edmondson, Ryan Palmer's bagman, who defeated Matt Hauser, J.J.Henry's man, in a playoff. The victory gives Edmondson a big boost in SI'sunofficial ranking of the best players among Tour caddies.

GOLF MAGAZINE TOP100

TEACHERSPOLL
If you had to choose, would you pick Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson to win theU.S. Open?

Tiger ...61%

Phil ...39%

"Woods willbe highly motivated to deliver a thank you message to his father."

--GARYWIREN
TRUMP INTERNATIONAL

FOURTEEN PHOTOSCOURTESY OF CBS (MAGGERT); DAVID WALBERG (BACKGROUND, MICKELSON); ANDY LYONS/GETTY IMAGES (GREEN); CHRIS LIVINGSTON/ICON SMI (EDMONDSON); DARREN CARROLL/ICON SMI (TEN BROECK); STEPHEN MORTON/AP (WALDMAN); COURTESY OF JULIE BUCEK (BUCEK); STAN BADZ/PGA TOUR/WIREIMAGE.COM (SEGAL); BOB GEVINSKI/WIREIMAGE.COM (HENLEY); TOM HAUCK/WIREIMAGE.COM (NELSON); REBECCA NADEN/PA/ABACA (DONALD); CHRIS CONDON/PGA TOUR/WIREIMAGE.COM (AMES); ROBERT BECK (WOODS);ERICK W. RASCO PHOTO ERICK W. RASCOYES PHOTO ERICK W. RASCONO

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)