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Big Play with Patti McGowan

WHO: PhilMickelson

WHAT: Sliceddrive that bounced off a hospitality tent

WHERE: 450-yardpar-4 18th hole at Winged Foot Golf Club

WHEN: Final roundof the U.S. Open

WHY
Hitting driver at 18 and then trying a miracle recovery shot reveal the twothings that Mickelson must learn to complete his major package: He has toadjust his game plan when his mind is going haywire from the pressure, and heneeds to make his driver swing more stable and compact, like his iron swing.With the driver he still goes back too far and gets out of sync, with his kneessliding toward the target and his spine leaning away from it.

PATTI'S TIP
Big Drive? Don't Move the Boxes

To drive wellunder pressure, make a more compact swing. Also, be sure the lower body rotateswithout sliding and that it finishes stacked below the upper body. To practice,hit drives with a thigh-high object next to your lead leg. (I like to use astack of boxes.) Your lead leg should barely touch the boxes, moving them onlyan inch or so.

Patti McGowanteaches at Lake Nona Golf & Country Club in Orlando.

... AND ANOTHERTHING

"The U.S.Ryder Cup team is in trouble. The Euros had 11 of the top 26 at Winged Foot andsome of them weren't even their first-stringers."

GOLFMAGAZINE
TOP 100
TEACHERS POLL

Will PhilMickelson contend at the British Open?

Yes 83%

No 17%

"Mickelson isthe best player in the world when he makes good decisions."

--EDENFOSTER,

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Tournament

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NetJets

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U.S. Senior Amateur

Ironman Triathlon

Shared concerns: sore feet and tenuous bladder control

U.S. Senior Women's Amateur

Environmental Defense Fund

Both love their woods

U.S. Amateur

Cleveland Wedges

That's all they hit into the par-4s anyway

U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur

Botox

A wrinkle-free round every time

U.S. Senior Open

AAA

They put a premium on driving too

U.S. Women's Publinks

Apple

iPods are the new range finders

U.S. Girls' Junior

myspace.com

Shoot 68, then go home and post about Britney's baby

U.S. Women's Amateur

Oprah's Book Club

Pity the fool who gets caught cheating

U.S. Junior

Adderall

Tomorrow's Ritalin, and it doesn't produce acne

U.S. Women's Open

GM

Stalwarts struggle against newer, better-looking imports

U.S. Publinks

MasterCard

Start-up cost: minimal. Selling out your championships: priceless

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COURTESY OF NBC (MICKELSON); GINA HOUSEMAN (MCGOWAN, 3); TODD BIGELOW/AURORA (BACKGROUND); ROBERT BECK (MICKELSON, BOTTOM)