This is an article from the Aug. 21, 2006 issue
WHAT: Drive in thefairway
WHERE: 468-yardpar-4 18th hole at Castle Pines
WHEN: 1st hole ofthe playoff at the International
Even winless andnervous Tour pros are like souped-up race cars: a little fine-tuning willusually fix any problem. That's why Wilson, after blocking his drive at 18 inregulation, didn't dwell on the bad shot. Instead, he spent his 10-minutepractice session before the playoff hitting drivers to regain his rhythm. Thepractice got Wilson back in sync, and he split the fairway with both tee shotson the extra holes.
Count One-Two toGet Back in Rhythm
Several Tourprofessionals use the one-two counting drill when they feel as if they'relosing their rhythm. During a practice swing, say one at the top of thebackswing, when your lead shoulder is under your chin, then say two at impact.Next, hit the ball counting with the same cadence. Be aware that everyone'sone-two count will be slightly different.
Mitchell Spearmanteaches at Manhattan Woods Golf Club in West Nyack, N.Y.
... AND ANOTHERTHING
"Birdies winpoints, so Lucas Glover and Scott Verplank [ninth and 11th in birdie average,respectively] should be the U.S. captain's picks."
This week's PGAChampionship is the last chance for U.S. players to accumulate Ryder Cuppoints. The top six spots are locked up, but the next four are wide open, andany of the players holding the seventh through 20th spots on the points listhas a solid chance to make the squad. Below are the contenders' careerachievements, including how many Ryder or Presidents Cup teams they've playedon and their combined record in those events.
|Standings||Age||W's||Top 10s||Teams||Ind. Rec.||W-L-T|
|7. Vaughn Taylor||30||2||14||0||--||0-0-0||Team Prospects: His putter should carry him home|
|8. J.J. Henry||31||1||18||0||--||0-0-0||Team Prospects: Medinah sets up well for him|
|9. Zach Johnson||30||1||14||0||--||0-0-0||Team Prospects: Needs to maintain confidence after Internationalflameout|
|10. Brett Wetterich||33||1||7||0||--||0-0-0||Team Prospects: Sign him up for the Valero Texas Open|
|11. John Rollins||31||2||19||0||--||0-0-0||Team Prospects: His one good week won't punch his ticket|
|12. Stewart Cink||33||4||65||4||7-7-2||2-2-0||Team Prospects: He's got the track record and he's closing strong|
|13. Jerry Kelly||39||2||55||1||2-2-0||0-0-1||Team Prospects: He could will himself in|
|14. Lucas Glover||26||1||15||0||--||0-0-0||Team Prospects: Wilting under the pressure|
|15. Davis Love III||42||18||156||12||25-20-9||6-5-1||Team Prospects: Captain's pick front-runner|
|16. Fred Couples||46||15||153||9||16-14-6||5-4-0||Team Prospects: Captain's pick 1A|
|17. Tim Herron||36||4||49||0||--||0-0-0||Team Prospects: One top 10 in 32 majors|
|18. Tom Pernice Jr.||46||2||31||0||--||0-0-0||Team Prospects: Journeymen don't jet to Ireland|
|19. Tom Lehman||47||5||91||6||11-11-3||4-2-0||Team Prospects: Captain says he probably won't play even if he makesit|
|20. Scott Verplank||42||4||69||2||4-3-1||1-1-0||Team Prospects: Tom Lehman has to be rooting for him|
If Tom Lehman makes the top 10 in the Ryder Cupstandings, should he play?
" If the captain is at all important, then itshould be a full-time job."
--T.J. TOMASI NANTUCKET NATIONAL