Big Play with T.J Tomasi

April 15, 2007

WHO: ZachJohnson

WHAT: 20-yard chipto six inches for the winning par

WHERE: 465-yardpar-4 18th hole at Augusta National

WHEN: Final roundof the Masters

WHY

It's no surprisethat Johnson, ranked 162nd in driving distance, won the green jacket. Augustawas so hard and fast that driving accuracy and the short game--both strengthsof Johnson's--became more important than length. Johnson laid up on every par-5but still played those holes in 11 under, which led the field. His scramblingskills were invaluable, especially on the 72nd hole, where he stiffed adeadhanded chip to seal the win.

T.J.'S TIP

To Control theRoll, Go Deadhanded

To take the spinand chance out of short chips, hit them deadhanded, like a putt. Johnson didthat at 18 by playing the ball back in his stance and keeping his hands andarms quiet. (He didn't cock his wrists or bend his arms.) He maintained a firmtriangle between his arms and shoulders while rotating back and through. Topractice this technique, hit chip shots with a soda bottle wedged between yourarms.

T.J. Tomasiteaches at Nantucket (Mass.) Golf Club.

... AND ANOTHERTHING

"I wish TigerWoods would go back to his Butch Harmon swing, which was less dependent ontiming and more reliable, especially with the driver."

GOLF MAGAZINE

TOP 100

TEACHERS POLL

Is the Mastersdiminished when Augusta National plays as hard as it did last week?

Yes... 29%
No... 71%

"The Masters has been all about exciting golf, not grind-it-out golf. Let Augusta be Augusta."
--Bruce Patterson, Butler National Golf Club

First-ShotMaker

Last week ArnoldPalmer, 77, became the seventh ceremonial starter in Masters history. Here arethe men who have held that position.


¬† Résumé Years
Jock Hutchison
Only two Masters finishes (1935 and '41); the best, 43rd
2 majors 1963--73
Fred McLeod
Died a month after hitting final shot at Augusta; best finish, 50th
9 wins / 1 major 1963--76
Gene Sarazen
Died a month after hitting final shot at Augusta
39 wins / 7 majors 1981--99
Byron Nelson
Bridge on the 13th at Augusta named after him
52 wins / 5 majors 1981--01
Ken Venturi
As amateur, finished 2nd in '56; if he had won, wouldn't have turned pro
14 wins / 1 major 1983
Sam Snead
Died a month after hitting final shot at Augusta
82 wins / 7 majors 1984--02
Arnold Palmer
Airport in Latrobe, Pa., named after him
62 wins/ 7 majors 2007--


ELEVEN PHOTOSCOURTESY OF CBS (JOHNSON); ERICK W. RASCO (BACKGROUND; TOMASI, 2); BETTMANN/CORBIS (HUTCHISON); AP (MCLEOD, VENTURI); MICHAEL O'BRYON (SARAZEN); ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/GETTY IMAGES (NELSON); SIMON BRUTY (SNEAD, PALMER)

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)