Big Play

April 19, 2009

WHO
Angel Cabrera

WHAT
171-yard four-iron to 22 feet

WHERE
495-yard par-4 10th hole at Augusta National

WHEN
Second playoff hole of the Masters

WHY
Under pressure, many players try to elevate their games. The great ones, however, stick to their regular approach and wait for opponents to fold. That's what Cabrera did on Sunday, and it's no surprise. The fearless mind-set Cabrera developed while fighting his way out of poverty led him to victory. At the first playoff hole he wasn't fazed after banging his second shot off a tree, and at the next hole he calmly hit his usual soft fade to the green to seal his victory.

T.J.'S TIP

Hold the Cup to Hit Angel's Soft Fade

The key to the soft fade is maintaining a cupped right hand through impact. With a slightly open stance, take several three-quarter practice swings with a cupped right hand (inset). The cupping should feel exaggerated, and you should sense a tension in the wrist. Once you get the feel, address the ball and hit away.

T.J. Tomasi teaches at the PGA Learning Center in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

...AND ANOTHER THING

"Watching Woods miss left and right all week was alarming. He may never regain the absolute dominance he had before knee surgery."

GOLF MAGAZINE TOP 100 TEACHERS POLL

Did Angel Cabrera win the Masters or did Kenny Perry lose it?

Cabrera won 19%
Perry lost 81%

"Perry's celebration after stiffing it at 16 disrupted his motion, and that was the last good shot he hit."
—JERRY MOWLDS, PUMPKIN RIDGE

PHOTOSIMON BRUTY (CABRERA) PHOTOSIMON BRUTY (PERRY) PHOTOERICK W. RASCO (BACKGROUND) THREE PHOTOSERICK W. RASCO (TOMASI)

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)