Who: TomWatson

What: Wedge-outfrom a fairway bunker

Where: 449-yardpar-4 18th hole at Muirfield

When: Final roundof the Senior British Open

Why

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.

Mitchell's Tip

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.

...AND ANOTHERTHING

"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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Background Background Pedigree Skinny
Jason Day Age 19
Height 6' 1"
Weight 180
Home Forest Lake, Australia
Career $445,463
Won ’07 Nationwide Legend Financial Group Classic;11th in ’06 PGA Tour Reno-Tahoe Open; ’04 and ’05 Australian amateur of theyear Has made cut in 10 of 13 starts on the Nationwide in’07 (second on money list) Pro: PGA Tour card and bright future await in2008
Tony Finau Age 17
Height 6' 3"
Weight 190
Home Salt Lake City
Career $7,960
Monday-qualified for U.S. Bank Championship withcourse-record 64 (70th place); won ’06 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"
Weight 179
Home Chigwell, England
Career $278,038
Made it through Euro Q school last fall; won FaldoSeries (amateur circuit in Great Britain) in ’03, ’04, ’05 By all reports, the real deal Pro Has touched all the bases on the way up
Tadd Fujikawa Age 16
Height 5' 1"
Weight 135
Home Honolulu
Career $0
20th in ’07 Sony Open, the youngest player in 50 yearsto make a Tour cut; won ’07 Hawaii Pearl Open Averaged only 287.1 off the tee at Sony; that’s atough way to play on Tour Con Can he draw enough to justify exemptions?
Rory McIlroy Age 18
Height 5' 9"
Weight 160
Home Holywood, Northern Ireland
Career $0
’06 European Amateur champion; made cut at ’07 DubaiDesert Classic (52nd place); first-round stud at ’07 British Open (68) Good all-around player who needs seasoning; he’ll playin Europe first Pro Already has all the shots


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TEACHERS POLL

If Mike Weir(18th) fails to qualify for the Presidents Cup, should Gary Player pick him forthe team?

Yes ...51%

No ...49%

"ThePresidents Cup in Canada without Weir would be like the NHL All-Star Game inCanada without Gretzky."
--STEVE BOSDOSH, MEMBERS CLUB AT FOUR STREAMS

EIGHT PHOTOSCOURTESY OF ABC (WATSON); ERICK W. RASCO; STAN BADZ/PGA TOUR/WIREIMAGE.COM (DAY); RICHARD HEATHCOTE/GETTY IMAGES (FINAU, FISHER); MARCO GARCIA/WIREIMAGE.COM (FUJIKAWA); FRED VUICH (MCILROY); ROBERT BECK (WEIR) PHOTOERICK W. RASCO Watch until yourball stops rolling

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HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
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Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)