Rory McIlroy's 7-iron out of a fairway bunker on the 16th hole locked up his first PGA Tour title.
Sunday, November 08, 2009

Who: Rory McIlroy
What: 170-yard 7-iron to 5 feet from the hole for birdie
When: Final round of the Quail Hollow Championship
Where: 480-yard, par-4 16th hole at Quail Hollow Club

Rory McIlroy hit two amazing irons on the back nine which cemented his first PGA Tour win. The first, at the par-5 15th hole, was a 206-yard 5-iron to inside 4 feet to set up an eagle. Then at 16, he hit that perfect 7-iron from the right fairway bunker to set up a birdie.

\nThe bunker shot was certainly incredible. But fairway bunker shots like McIlroy's -- flat lie, no lip to clear, ball sitting up -- are actually easy to execute if you understand the fundamentals of the shot and you set up correctly for success. To hit solid fairway bunker shots, remember the "Three 2s."

\n1. Choke down 2 inches on the grip.
2. Move the ball back 2 inches in your stance
3. Open your stance 2 inches.

\nMike Adams is director of instruction at Hamilton Farms Golf Club in Gladstone, N.J.

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