THE BUNKER THAT ALMOST GOT PHIL
In the final round of the 2004 Masters, Phil Mickelson put his approach to the fifth green into a bunker. He attempted a full explosion shot, but the ball hit the lip and stayed in the hazard. (He later said he underestimated the thickness of the sand.) Undaunted, Phil adjusted, and his next swing— bigger and with more speed—sent the ball out. He saved bogey and went on to win his first green jacket. Rick Smith is a Golf Digest Teaching Professional.
Illustration by Paul Blow