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March 16, 2009
March 16, 2009

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March 16, 2009

SI Bonus Section: Golf Plus
SI Players: LIFE ON AND OFF THE FIELD
BASEBALL
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COLLEGE BASKETBALL
  • Why isn't the best player on the team with the best record in the best conference better known? Maybe it's because Louisville's Terrence Williams plays the most underappreciated position in the game

HOCKEY
PRO BASKETBALL
  • For years Nate Robinson was seen as little more than the Knicks' 5'9" slam-dunk novelty act. But after his recent string of 30-point games, height is no longer his defining measure

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WHO
Y.E. Yang

This is an article from the March 16, 2009 issue

WHAT
149-yard knockdown to eight feet for birdie

WHERE
427-yard par-4 12th hole at PGA National

WHEN
Final round of the Honda Classic

WHY
Yang could be the Tour's breakout player of the year. Fit and fiery, he's an experienced winner (four Japan PGA titles, one on the Asian tour and one in Europe) who pulled away on Sunday at one of the Tour's hardest tracks. Two facets of his game impressed me. Yang used a variety of knockdown approach shots to control distances, and he proved that he's a super lag putter by rapping his crucial 50-footer at 18 to a foot.

ERIC'S TIP
Cut Off Your Swing to Control Distance

You can achieve distance control by varying the length of the follow-through. Practice by hitting seven-iron shots with three follow-throughs: 1) halfway (shaft parallel to ground); 2) two thirds (shaft points up); 3) and full finish. The goal is to learn your distances and trajectories with the different swings.

Eric Johnson teaches at Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pa.

... AND ANOTHER THING

"American kids don't know how to practice. Foreigners, especially Koreans, are infinitely more focused, hardworking and hungry."

GOLF MAGAZINE TOP 100 TEACHERS POLL

Will Tiger Woods win at Doral?

Yes 31%
No 69%

"Woods's layoff has given his challengers the shot of confidence they needed.?"
—STEVE BOSDOSH, THE MEMBERS CLUB AT FOUR STREAMS

PHOTOCOURTESY OF NBC (YANG)PHOTOERICK W. RASCO (BACKGROUND)PHOTOERICK W. RASCO (JOHNSON)THREE PHOTOSERICK W. RASCO (JOHNSON)1 2 3PHOTOROBERT BECK (WOODS)