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
July 22, 2007
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.
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.
"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."
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%|
|Arron Oberholser||$6,078,696||Pebble Beach||$1,385,242||23%|
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"Nightmares die hard, especially when they keephappening over and over. "
Hayes won $69,700 at the Deere, where he has accrued 17% of his careerearnings.