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July 23, 2007
July 23, 2007

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July 23, 2007

SI Bonus Section: Golf Plus
SI Players: LIFE ON AND OFF THE FIELD
Baseball
  • Henry Aaron is about to be displaced from his spot atop the alltime home run list, but 755 will endure as one of baseball's magical numbers, a lasting monument to an underappreciated star and to the courage and integrity with which the Hammer attained his crown

  • It's after midnight on the East Coast: Do you know where baseball's best closer is? J.J. Putz is in Seattle, saving games with near-historic efficiency

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Big Play

Who: Tim Clark

This is an article from the July 23, 2007 issue

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.

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$500,000Career $EventEvent $Pct.
Andre Stolz$913,148Las Vegas$720,00079%
Tjaart Van Der Walt$778,975Hartford$473,72861%
Chris Couch$1,952,078New Orleans$1,090,73656%
James Driscoll$1,111,296New Orleans$594,00053%
Toru Taniguchi$860,567Match Play$427,50950%
Boo Weekley$2,022,112Heritage$972,00048%
Gary Nicklaus$693,571Atlanta$330,12048%
$5 million
Shaun Micheel$6,983,860PGA$1,861,95127%
Brett Wetterich$5,175,300Nelson$1,356,95126%
Zach Johnson$9,709,286Atlanta$2,341,65024%
Arron Oberholser$6,078,696Pebble Beach$1,385,24223%


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)REGULARPHOTOERICK W. RASCO (BACKGROUND, DIJULIA, 3)PLUGGEDPHOTOERICK 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)