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TOUGH SHOT

March 19, 2012
March 19, 2012

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March 19, 2012

GOLF PLUS
LEADING OFF
THE MAIL
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
  • As it starts its 17th season, MLS has become a hotbed for talented players from Latin America—especially Colombia, which has a long history with the U.S. game

  • Everyone wants to see the Suns move their point guard—except for Steve Nash, who's happy to keep things as they are

  • These five players were once can't-miss kids. They're still kids and (for the most part) still have a chance to bust out like the Royals' Alex Gordon did in 2011

NCAA TOURNAMENT PREVIEW
PRO FOOTBALL
PRO HOCKEY
  • St. Louis has found its happy groove under coach Ken Hitchcock, who has taken his new club from unheralded to seemingly unbeatable

BASEBALL
ANTOINE WALKER
POINT AFTER
Departments

TOUGH SHOT

A U.S. Army specialist in Afghanistan writes in to clarify the definition of a bad lie and a risk-reward hole

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:

This is an article from the March 19, 2012 issue

Back in 1988, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED ran a story about the golf course at Camp Bonifas, South Korea, along the demilitarized zone (DMZ), calling it the most dangerous course in the world. I was stationed in South Korea for two years and, as a Black Hawk helicopter crew chief, flew many times to Camp Bonifas. I've had the pleasure of playing that hole, and I'm not that impressed. Sure, you are right next to the line that separates the South from the North, and there is a level of animosity between the two, but unless you shank it way left and happen to hit a mine inside the DMZ, the hole is not that dangerous.

I would like to nominate the hole I helped build here in Afghanistan as the World's Most Dangerous Golf Hole. The green is made from a layer of combatives matting 15 feet by 20 feet, with two layers of fleece blankets on top to make an even putting surface. Surrounding the green are 15 or so three-foot-by-five-foot rugs, which serve as the fringe or rough. We have three tee locations, at 148, 125 and 106 yards. Try putting for par when you have mortar rounds going off around you.

Thank you very much.

SPC Cates, Jason A.

DCO 3-227 TF Spearhead

Shindand, Afghanistan

SI GOLF RANKING

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RANKPLAYER (FIRST-PLACE VOTES)POINTSLST. WK.
1.Rory McIlroy (15)1501
2.Phil Mickelson1022
3.Lee Westwood1013
4.Keegan Bradley846
5.Hunter Mahan834
6.Justin Rose68
7.Luke Donald5110
8.Bill Haas365
9.Charl Schwartzel31
10.Bubba Watson26

For expanded rankings go to Golf.com/ranking

GOLF MAGAZINE

TOP 100 TEACHERS POLL

Should the winner of a concurrent event, like the Puerto Rico Open, get a Masters exemption?

Yes 82%

No 18%

THREE PHOTOSJASON A. CATESBUNKER PLAY The hole sits next to the motor pool (top), and we hit off small artificial grass mats until we reach the green. Phil Mickelson, Angel Cabrera and Michelle Wie have donated equipment and items for our "clubhouse" (right).