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Big Play

May 12, 2008
May 12, 2008

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May 12, 2008

SI Bonus Section: Golf Plus
NBA PLAYOFFS
HORSE RACING
BASEBALL
  • A young flamethrower makes a Joba-like debut, another pitcher bangs a pinch-hit homer: It's been a charmed start for the youthful Diamondbacks, who can make a case as baseball's model organization

COLLEGE LACROSSE
STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS
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Big Play

WHO
Anthony Kim

This is an article from the May 12, 2008 issue

WHAT
147-yard lay-up from a fairway bunker

WHERE
491-yard par-4 9th hole at Quail Hollow Club

WHEN
Final round of the Wachovia Championship

WHY
The Tour has had its share of one-hit wonders, but I think Kim will be a star for the long haul. He can go overboard with his hyperintense attitude and admits that he has beaten himself up mentally at times, but I love the kid's fire. It shows that he cares, which is a valuable asset on Tour. And now Kim can control himself, as he showed at 9. Instead of trying to clear the lip and go for the green, he laid up, almost holed his ensuing 72-yard pitch shot and tapped in for a par.

MARK'S TIP
Use Runyan's Rule In Fairway Bunkers

Paul Runyan told me, "Never let a fairway bunker shot cost you more than a half shot." If you can't easily hit the green, lay up. To do so, bury your feet an inch or two in the sand and choke down on the grip by the same measure. The rest of the shot (posture, swing, ball position) is the same as usual, but be sure to maintain a stable lower body and contact the ball before the sand, taking a small divot.

Mark Wood teaches at the Cornerstone Club in Montrose, Colo.

...AND ANOTHER THING

"The PGA Tour should allow appearance fees. Sponsors and fans want stars, and money is the only way to consistently deliver them."

GOLF MAGAZINE TOP 100 TEACHERS POLL

What is your level of interest in a Tigerless Players?

Higher 8%

Lower 39%

Same 53%

"One person doesn't make a tour, nor does his absence alter my interest."
—GARY WIREN, TRUMP INTERNATIONAL

PHOTOCOURTESY OF CBS (KIM)PHOTOERICK W. RASCO (BACKGROUND)PHOTOERICK W. RASCO (WOOD 2)PHOTOROBERT BECK (WOODS)