Big Play with Steve Bosdosh

March 11, 2007

WHO: BooWeekley

WHAT: Missed39-inch putt

WHERE: 556-yardpar-5 18th hole at PGA National

WHEN: Final roundof the Honda Classic

WHY

Weekley's chokecould be a career killer. Plenty of Tour pros have lost by blowing short puttsand never recovered. They want to delete the bad vibes, but it's oftenimpossible. Weekley might never stop thinking about what he tossed away. Toavoid becoming another Doug Sanders, who was never the same after yipping awaythe 1970 British Open, Weekley must view his performance positively: He played71 awesome holes and missed one putt.

STEVE'S TIP

Shorten theBackswing On the Little Ones

On short pressureputts, players often take a backstroke that's too long, then decelerate throughimpact. Instead, take a shortened backstroke and accelerate going through. Topractice, put a tee behind the ball even with your back foot. Take the putterback short of the tee, then make a smooth forward stroke. The abbreviatedbackswing may feel too short, so resist making a jerky jab at the ball.

Steve Bosdoshteaches at The Members Club at Four Streams in Beallsville, Md.

... AND ANOTHERTHING

"Tough trackslike PGA National, which produce high scores and wild action, should be usedevery week, but players would complain because they don't like to lookbad."

MinorSensations

Mark Wilson'splayoff win at the Honda Classic marked the 200th PGA Tour victory by aNationwide alumnus, but it isn't the only new entry in the records of golf'sminor league. On Feb. 23, Ben Bates, 45, made the cut at the HSBC New ZealandPGA Championship, the 193rd time he had finished in the money, a feat thatpushed him past Steve Haskins for the record of most cuts made on theNationwide tour. If Bates, who's playing in his 15th season on the Nationwide(he played on the PGA Tour from 1998 to 2001), tees it up in 40 more events, hewill also break Haskins's record for the most career starts (370) on that tour.In honor of both Wilson and Bates, here's a peek at other notable achievementslisted in the Nationwide tour record book.


Category Holder When/Where Record
Earnings/Career Chris Couch -- $984,975
Earnings/Year Troy Matteson 2005 $495,009
Wins/Career Matt Gogel, Jason Gore, Sean Murphy -- 6
Wins/Year Sean Murphy 1993 4
Consecutive Wins Jason Gore 2005 3
Seconds/Career Chris Smith -- 9
Seconds/Year Chris Smith 2000 5
Top 10s/Year Jerry Kelly 1995 15
Consecutive Cuts Made Chris Perry 1993--96 31
Consecutive Bogey-free Holes Heath Slocum 2001 106
Longest Drive Bubba Watson 2004/Gila River Classic 422 yards
Oldest Winner Dick Mast 1999/New Mexico Classic 48 years, 6 months, 17 days
Youngest Winner James Oh 2003/Mark Christopher Classic 21 years, 5 months, 27 days
Oldest Player Gary Player 2006/BMW Charity Pro-Am 70 years, 5 months, 28 days
Youngest Player Michelle Wie 2003/Albertsons Boise Open 13 years, 11 months, 7 days
Oldest to Make Cut Jack Nicklaus 2003/BMW Charity Pro-Am 63 years, 3 months, 13 days
Youngest to Make Cut Gipper Finau 2006/Utah Energy Solutions 16 years, 20 days


GOLF MAGAZINE TOP 100

TEACHERS POLL

Was Ernie Els wise to switch clubs so close to theMasters?

Yes ... 19%

No ... 31%

Doesn't matter ... 50%

" It's the Indian, not the arrow, and Ernie is achief."

--KEITH LYFORD AUBURN COUNTRY CLUB

TWOPHOTOSCOURTESY OF NBC (WEEKLEY);DAVID CANNON/GETTY IMAGES (ELS) PHOTO ILLUSTRATIONERICK W. RASCO (BACKGROUND, TEE, BOSDOSH, 2) PHOTOERICK W. RASCO

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