THE BUNKER THAT AL­MOST GOT PHIL

Golf Digest Middle East - - Play Your Best Curing Faults By Rick Smith -

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

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