Big Play

March 30, 2008

WHO
Tiger Woods

WHAT
Eight-iron tee shot

WHERE
177-yard, par-3 9th hole at Doral

WHEN
Final round of the WGC-CA Championship

WHY
No one is better at staying focused on the shot at hand than Tiger, but coming off a birdie at the 8th hole, Woods was four shots behind the leader and eventual winner, Geoff Ogilvy, and looking to build some momentum for a charge toward his sixth straight PGA Tour win when he was distracted midswing by a clicking camera. Woods pulled the shot, which narrowly missed going into the water, and made a rally-killing bogey.

DOM'S TIP

Get in the Bubble to Stay Focused

In the Golf Psych system, we teach players to block distractions by imagining themselves inside a bubble that no external force can penetrate. Hone this ability at work or home when you're in a situation with a lot of external stimuli by closing your eyes and picturing yourself in a quiet bubble. Practicing away from the course will improve your ability to ignore disturbances.

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

...AND ANOTHER THING

"There's no way to make a course harder that doesn't give the advantage to Tiger. The tougher Augusta is, the greater advantage he has."

GOLF MAGAZINE TOP 100 TEACHERS POLL

Which would you take to win the Masters, Tiger Woods or the field?

Tiger 64%
Field 36%

"It is a 50-50 shot. Like the Incredible Hulk against 96 Black Belt high schoolers."
—GARY WIREN TRUMP GOLF

TWO PHOTOSFRED VUICH (WOODS) PHOTOERICK W. RASCO (VEGEMITE) PHOTOERICK W. RASCO (BACKGROUND) TWO PHOTOSERICK W. RASCO (DIJULIA)

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)