This is an article from the Aug. 6, 2007 issue
What: Wedge-outfrom a fairway bunker
Where: 449-yardpar-4 18th¬†hole at Muirfield
When: Final roundof the Senior British Open
There are sixreasons why Watson is the greatest links player in history: 1) He embraces badweather; 2) he knows that even a great shot can end up dead, so he was unfazedat 18 when he left his first bunker shot, which was next to a wall, in thesand; 3) his steep swing nips the ball clean, a key for hard turf and thickrough; 4) he plays by feel more than by numbers; 5) he has a commanding, briskpace, so after his first sand shot he took only 12 seconds to wedge his ballback to the fairway; and 6) his rap putting stroke is perfect for slow, hillygreens.
Try Tom Watson'sPostshot Routine
Watson hitsquickly but then diligently observes every shot--during practice and on thecourse--until the ball stops rolling. That lets him evaluate what worked orwhat didn't and then adjust for the next shot. Emulate Watson by not wastingtime before swinging. It's better to pose at the finish, process what happenedand then plan ahead for the next shot.
Spearman teachesat Manhattan Woods Golf Club in West Nyack, N.Y.
"It wouldn'tsurprise me if Phil Mickelson ends his season after the PGA and skips the FedExCup. Playing with a wrist injury could end a career."
PRO OR CON?
What has becomecommon in women's golf is now a trend in the men's game: Teenage boys areskipping college and turning pro. Their odds on immediate success on Tour arelong--hundreds of kids can go low from time to time, but you have to be specialto shoot a score four days in a row. Here are five teenagers who recentlyturned pro or are about to turn pro, and their prospects of success.
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|Jason Day||Age 19|
Height 6' 1"
Home Forest Lake, Australia
|Won ‚Äô07 Nationwide Legend Financial Group Classic;11th in ‚Äô06 PGA Tour Reno-Tahoe Open; ‚Äô04 and ‚Äô05 Australian amateur of theyear||Has made cut in 10 of 13 starts on the Nationwide in‚Äô07 (second on money list)||Pro: PGA Tour card and bright future await in2008|
|Tony Finau||Age 17|
Height 6' 3"
Home Salt Lake City
|Monday-qualified for U.S. Bank Championship withcourse-record 64 (70th place); won ‚Äô06 Utah Amateur||Led in driving avg. (331.6) at Milwaukee; needs toimprove iron play||Con This work in progress is still raw|
|Oliver Fisher||Age 18|
Height 6' 1"
Home Chigwell, England
|Made it through Euro Q school last fall; won FaldoSeries (amateur circuit in Great Britain) in ‚Äô03, ‚Äô04, ‚Äô05||By all reports, the real deal||Pro Has touched all the bases on the way up|
|Tadd Fujikawa||Age 16|
Height 5' 1"
|20th in ‚Äô07 Sony Open, the youngest player in 50 yearsto make a Tour cut; won ‚Äô07 Hawaii Pearl Open||Averaged only 287.1 off the tee at Sony; that‚Äôs atough way to play on Tour||Con Can he draw enough to justify exemptions?|
|Rory McIlroy||Age 18|
Height 5' 9"
Home Holywood, Northern Ireland
|‚Äô06 European Amateur champion; made cut at ‚Äô07 DubaiDesert Classic (52nd place); first-round stud at ‚Äô07 British Open (68)||Good all-around player who needs seasoning; he‚Äôll playin Europe first||Pro Already has all the shots|
GOLF MAGAZINE TOP 100
If Mike Weir(18th) fails to qualify for the Presidents Cup, should Gary Player pick him forthe team?
"ThePresidents Cup in Canada without Weir would be like the NHL All-Star Game inCanada without Gretzky."
--STEVE BOSDOSH, MEMBERS CLUB AT FOUR STREAMS