What 18-footchip-in with a nine-iron for par
Where 494-yardpar-4 9th hole at Firestone Country Club
When Final roundof the Bridgestone Invitational
Woods's creative short game has hardly changed since he turned pro in 1996, andhis chipping and pitching remain his safety net. Woods proved that at Firestoneby holing two chips, including the gem at 9 that increased his lead to six anddestroyed Rory Sabbatini's chances. Even if Woods's ball striking is off atclaustrophobic Southern Hills, his putter and wedges should keep him in thehunt.
Take the Flip Out of Your Chips
You can't chip if you flip your wrists, which makes the clubhead pass thehandle before impact. To ditch the flip, hit five- to 30-yard wedge shotsholding the club with only your left hand. That will force you to drag thehandle through impact. Be sure to pivot and keep your wrist flat, and don'tstrengthen your grip.
Mark Wood teachesat the Cornerstone Club in Telluride, Colo.
"I applaud Rory Sabbatini for having the guts to say what he thinks aboutrelishing the chance to challenge Tiger."
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"Woods won't be able to exploit his length atSouthern Hills, and he'll struggle with the bermuda grass. "
--BRIAN MOGG, GOLDEN BEAR CLUB AT KEENE'S POINTE
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ERICK W. RASCO (BACKGROUND; WOOD, 3); FRED VUICH (WOODS BOTTOM)