Big Play

May 13, 2007

WHO: TigerWoods

WHAT: 57-footeagle putt

WHERE: 532-yardpar-5 7th at Quail Hollow Club

WHEN: Final roundof the Wachovia Championship

WHY

Putting is thebest part of Woods's game, as he showed on the front nine on Sunday by holingthree birdie putts from between eight and 21 feet, plus the monster eagle. Atimpact his putter is perpendicular to the target line, so his ball rolls endover end with no sidespin. When watching Woods putt, pay attention to theclose-up shots that focus on the straight black line on his ball. It neverswerves, even on misses.

MARK'S TIP

Line Never WaversOn Perfect Putts

To learn to makesquare and solid contact, practice with a two-colored ball (right) or draw athick straight line along the equator of your ball. The ball should roll endover end all the way to the hole, even on putts that break. If you've hit asolid putt with no sidespin, the black line or the line formed where the twocolors meet will remain perpendicular to the ground and not swerve a bit.

Mark Wood teachesat the Cornerstone Club in Montrose, Colo.

... AND ANOTHERTHING

"Players havebeen going ballistic since the Tour let Phil Mickelson play the Nelson aftermissing the pro-am. Clearly, the stars have their own rules."

Was the move to May an upgrade for the Players orshould the Tour have left it in March?

May 88%

March 12%

"A slight upgrade and an elite tournament,especially to the pros, but the Players will always be the fifthwheel."

--BRUCE PATTERSON, BUTLER NATIONAL

PHOTOCOURTESY OF CBS (WOODS) FIVE PHOTOSERICK W. RASCO (BACKGROUND, WOOD, 4) PHOTODAVID WALBERG (PEPPER) PHOTODON HEUPEL/AP (BIVENS) PHOTOAL MESSERSCHMIDT/WIREIMAGE.COM (KERR)

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)