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Aug. 18, 2008
Aug. 18, 2008

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Aug. 18, 2008

2008 PGA CHAMPIONSHIP: Golf Plus
SI.com
SI Players: LIFE ON AND OFF THE FIELD
Beijing 2008 Olympics
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WHO
Padraig Harrington

This is an article from the Aug. 18, 2008 issue

WHAT
15-foot par putt

WHERE
498-yard par-4 18th hole at Oakland Hills

WHEN
Final round of the PGA Championship

WHY
Harrington doesn't have half the raw talent of Tiger-challengers such as Ernie Els, Sergio García and Phil Mickelson, but the Irishman will duel Woods for No. 1 because of his attitude. His focus, determination and passion remind me of Bruce Springsteen baring his heart and soul on stage. Just look into Harrington's eyes, and you see fearless purpose, especially on the greens, as he showed by draining long putts at 16, 17 and 18 on Sunday.

DOM'S TIP
Freeze the Finish by Counting to Three

To develop a confident, committed putting stroke like Harrington's, start with your finish. At the end of your stroke your body should be as still as a statue, and the putter should be motionless. To practice, pick a target, hit the putt and then freeze the finish while counting "one, two, three." Doing so helps prevent steering or recoiling the putter and gives you better control of the putt.

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

... AND ANOTHER THING

"I don't like the U.S.'s chances at the Ryder Cup. Having Kenny Perry as the team's headliner isn't exactly fear-inducing."

GOLF MAGAZINE TOP 100 TEACHERS POLL

What do you think of the USGA's decision to limit the size and shape of grooves on irons?

Good 68%
Bad 0%

Unnecessary 32%

"Amateurs should be exempt because they need the help."
—JOHN ELLIOTT, GOLDEN OCALA GOLF & EQUESTRIAN CLUB

PHOTOCOURTESY OF CBS (HARRINGTON)PHOTOERICK W. RASCO (BACKGROUND)TWO PHOTOSCARLOS M. SAAVEDRA (DIJULIA)