WHO
Vijay Singh

WHAT
26-foot birdie putt

WHERE
470-yard par-4 18th at Ridgewood Country Club

WHEN
First playoff hole of the Barclays

WHY
Singh has always been a mediocre putter (116th in putting average this year) by Tour standards, but he hasn't piled up 33 wins, including three majors, without making some clutch putts. After Sergio García made his 27-footer for birdie on the first playoff hole, Singh drained his own 26-footer to extend play. Both putts caught the edge of the hole and went in because they had the perfect speed. That's why putts should die in the hole, not ram into the back of the cup.

MIKE'S TIP
Hit the Semicircle To Control Speed

To hone your speed control, take six balls and place them in a semicircle around the hole one putter-length from the cup. Then hit two putts from 15 feet, two from 30 feet and two from 45 feet, stopping each ball inside the semicircle. If even one of them stops short of or outside the arch, start over from the beginning.

Mike Lopuszynski teaches at the David Glenz Golf Academy in Hamburg, N.J.

... AND ANOTHER THING

"People like to see birdies. If the Tour wants to see TV ratings go up, mow the rough and shorten the courses."

GOLF MAGAZINE TOP 100 TEACHERS POLL

Do you like Mike Weir's playoff beard?

Yes 73%
No 27%

"He looks like G.I. Joe. But unfortunately he's built like Johnny Quest."
—SHAWN HUMPHRIES COWBOYS GOLF CLUB

PHOTOCOURTESY OF CBS (SINGH) PHOTOERICK W. RASKO (BACKGROUND) PHOTOERICK W. RASKO (CUP) PHOTOERICK W. RASKO (BALLS) TWO PHOTOSDIANA ELIAZOV (LOPUSZYNSKI) PHOTOMIKE EHRMANN (WEIR)

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)