WHO: Chris DiMarco
WHAT: 144-yard nine-iron to 14 feet to set up the clinching birdie
WHERE: Par-4 18th at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club
WHEN: Presidents Cup singles
Most players would've had to improvise the shot Chris DiMarco played with the Presidents Cup on the line. Standing in a bunker with the ball on the grassy lip above his feet, DiMarco had to avoid pulling it to the left. To do that he simply took his normal swing--a unique Arnold Palmer--like action during which he leads with his left elbow and doesn't reach a full finish.
To hit a short iron when the ball is above your feet, you need to wing it--the term for a swing during which you lead with your left elbow and keep that elbow ahead of the clubhead all the way to a restricted finish. Arnold Palmer popularized the technique by using it on all of his shots, as DiMarco does. On this shot, choke down slightly, use your normal ball position and avoid hanging back on your right side.
Mitchell Spearman, a Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher, works at Manhattan Woods Golf Club in West Nyack, N.Y.
... AND ANOTHER THING
"The ultimate question with Michelle Wie is this: Will she be golf's Anna Kournikova, another Annika Sorenstam or a combination of the two?"
If the Ball's Above Your Feet, Wing It
Which pairing was the U.S.'s best?
DiMarco / Mickelson 72%
Furyk / Woods 28%
"With DiMarco and Mickelson, neither player dominated, but they played together as a perfect team."
COURTESY OF NBC (DIMARCO)
ERICK W. RASCO
ERICK W. RASCO
JIM GUND (BACKGROUND)
ROBERT BECK (DIMARCO AND MICKELSON)