Big Play

July 22, 2007

Who: Tim Clark

What: 52-yardfairway bunker shot from a plugged lie

Where: 557-yardpar-5 17th hole at TPC Deere Run

When: Final roundof the John Deere Classic

Why:
Clark didn't bogey the easy 17th and lose the Deere because of his flubbedbunker shot. With a fried egg on an uphill lie to a back-right flag on a greenfronted by another huge trap, he was likely to miss the putting surface evenwith a great shot. No, Clark lost because he made unforced errors on three mucheasier shots on the hole: a 268-yard three-wood (thin), a 40-yard pitch (fivefeet short) and a missed putt.

DOM'S TIP
Shut the Face to Feast On a Fried Egg

With a plugged lie, you need to dig down and take extra sand to get the ballout. To do that, make these three adjustments from your regular bunker addressposition (far left):

1. Close the clubface so the club cuts through the sand like a knife.

2. Stand a lotcloser to the ball to reestablish the loft that you lost when you closed theclub face.

3. Move the ballback in your stance to create an excessively downward swing.

Dom DiJuliateaches at Jericho National Golf Club in New Hope, Pa.

...And anotherthing

"Tadd Fujikawa made a sound decision by turning pro. He'll get paid forpursuing his career and have money for college if he wants to go."


ONE-EVENT WONDERS

By coming in 15thand taking home $69,700 at the John Deere Classic, J.P. Hayes pushed his careerearnings in the event to $1,091,199, thanks in large part to a win in 2002(worth $540,000) and a runner-up finish last year ($432,000). Overall, Hayeshas won $6.46 million in his 13 years on Tour, so his bounty at the Deererepresents 17% of his total earnings. That's impressive, but it isn't thehighest percentage of total earnings one player has tallied from a particulartournament. Here are the biggest single-event stalwarts on Tour, first forplayers who've amassed at least $500,000 in career earnings and then for thosewho've toted up more than $5 million.


$500,000 Career $ Event Event $ Pct.
Andre Stolz $913,148 Las Vegas $720,000 79%
Tjaart Van Der Walt $778,975 Hartford $473,728 61%
Chris Couch $1,952,078 New Orleans $1,090,736 56%
James Driscoll $1,111,296 New Orleans $594,000 53%
Toru Taniguchi $860,567 Match Play $427,509 50%
Boo Weekley $2,022,112 Heritage $972,000 48%
Gary Nicklaus $693,571 Atlanta $330,120 48%
$5 million
Shaun Micheel $6,983,860 PGA $1,861,951 27%
Brett Wetterich $5,175,300 Nelson $1,356,951 26%
Zach Johnson $9,709,286 Atlanta $2,341,650 24%
Arron Oberholser $6,078,696 Pebble Beach $1,385,242 23%


GOLF MAGAZINE TOP 100 TEACHERS POLL

Will Phil Mickelson's second at the Scottish Open helpor hurt him at Carnoustie?

Help 68%

Hurt 32%

"Nightmares die hard, especially when they keephappening over and over. "

-MIKE PERPICH,

RIVERPINES GOLF

PHOTOCOURTESY OF CBS (CLARK) PHOTOERICK W. RASCO (BACKGROUND, DIJULIA, 3)REGULAR PHOTOERICK W. RASCO (BACKGROUND, DIJULIA, 3)PLUGGED PHOTOERICK W. RASCO (BACKGROUND, DIJULIA, 3) PHOTOMARC FELDMAN/WIREIMAGE.COM (HAYES) DEEREHUNTER
Hayes won $69,700 at the Deere, where he has accrued 17% of his careerearnings.
PHOTOIAN WALTON/GETTY IMAGES (MICKELSON)

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)