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Big Play with John Elliott

Feb. 26, 2007
Feb. 26, 2007

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Feb. 26, 2007

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Big Play with John Elliott

WHO: CharlesHowell

This is an article from the Feb. 26, 2007 issue Original Layout

WHAT: 40-yardpitch off a cart path

WHERE: 315-yardpar-4 10th hole at Riviera Country Club

WHEN: Secondplayoff hole at the Nissan Open

WHY

Never give up adecent, predictable lie for an unpredictable one. When Howell's ball came torest on the cart path, he made a good decision when he decided to play it fromthat spot rather than taking a drop in the rough. He played the shot well butclipped the tree because he used a wedge instead of an eight- or a nine-iron.Luckily, that mistake didn't cost him, as he redeemed himself by stiffing thenext shot from the rough.

JOHN'S TIP

Hit the Pavementto Get off the Path

Address the ballwith your head, sternum and hands--but not your lower body!--ahead of the ball.On the downswing, try to have the clubhead hit the path just ahead of the ball,which assures that the club hits the ball first and prevents scooping. Atimpact you should feel two things: the club accelerating and a jarringsensation that'll cause you to make an abbreviated finish.

John Elliottteaches at Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club in Ocala, Fla.

... AND ANOTHERTHING

"Hank Haneysays that kids who want to maximize their potential should skip college. Theyshouldn't, and it's a horrible message."

Jet Set

The most amazingthing about Phil Mickelson's decision to stay home in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.,last week and fly 100 miles each way from Carlsbad to Santa Monica for theNissan Open every day is that Mickelson, a licensed pilot who owns a GulfstreamII jet (a.k.a. G2), didn't even use his own plane for the commute. Phil's rideis too much club for the short hop, so while it presumably sat idle, Mickelsonchartered a Cessna Citation from Jet Source, where a spokesman said theleast-expensive such aircraft goes for $3,000 per two hours of flight time.Nice. Here's a rundown of the pros who have their own set of wings.

[This articlecontains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

PlayerModelBluebook
Value
Pilots
Himself?
Why Own One
Ernie Els1997 G5$34 milNoHe splits time between South Africa, London and Orlando
Retief Goosen1985
Challenger
CL601
$7.8 milNoWell, if Ernie has one ...
Phil Mickelson1978 G2$2.6 milYesHome to the family on Sunday night--and off with the guys on Mondaymorning
Jack Nicklaus1998 G5$35 milNoJack fashions himself a high-powered CEO, and all those guys have one
Greg Norman2003 G550$47.8 milNoSays he would've been a pilot if not for golf; loves his toys
Arnold Palmer2002 Citation X$15.5 milYesHe has loved to fly since he was young and once held an aviationrecord
Corey Pavin2002 Citation CJ1$3.2 milYesNot enough leg room on commercial flights?


TIGER'S *HIT LIST
Tiger Woods's catalog of grudges reads like a best-seller list. No one wants tobe on it, but here's who is and why

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This WeekOFFENSELast WeekWeeks On List
1Retief Goosen
The usually reticent South African said Tiger skipped L.A. because "hewants to keep his streak going--he's never won here yet." TDub's notamused.
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2Peter Kostis
Pesky CBS ingrate is allowed to reenter Woods's personal space for postroundinterviews, then cracks, "Tiger only likes pat questions, so he can givepat answers."
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3Vijay Singh
El Tigre is not likely to ever forget that TIGER WHO? hat.
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4Ernie Els
Goosen's childhood buddy says he's gunning for No. 1. Tiger's less frosted thanhe is motivated to step on Big Easy's neck at every opportunity.
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GOLF MAGAZINE TOP 100 TEACHERS POLL

Which TV analystdo you prefer: Nick Faldo or Johnny Miller?

Faldo ...56%

Miller ...44%

" Nick Faldois a breath of fresh air. I mute Johnny Miller."

--KEVIN WALKER,NANTUCKET GOLF CLUB

SIX PHOTOSGEORGE HALL/CORBIS (JETS); COURTESY OF CBS (HOWELL); ERICK W. RASCO (BACKGROUND, ELLIOTT, 2); MICHAEL COHEN/WIREIMAGE.COM (FALDO)