Big Play: Retief Goosen
By Jim Murphy
Top 100 Teacher
Who: Retief Goosen
What: Five-foot par putt
Where: 445-yard, par-4 18th hole at the Innisbrook Resort Copperhead course
When: Final round of the Transitions Championship
Playing a tough course that had fast, baked-out greens and four-inch rough, Goosen relied on his putter. For the week he was a perfect 55 for 55 on putts inside five feet and 62 for 64 on those shorter than 10 feet. On the 72nd hole Goosen had to two-putt to lock up his seventh PGA Tour win. His first putt, a fast, downhill 25-footer, slid five feet past the hole. But as he had all week, Goosen coolly drained the comebacker for a one-shot victory.
2 of 2Erick W. Rasco
Through the Gate to Make More Putts
Find a straight five-foot putt and stick two tees three inches apart in front of the hole. Putt through the tees and into the hole. When you can do it consistently, move the tees closer together. (You can place them as close as two inches apart.) The gate formed by the tees is narrower than the hole, so when you leave the practice green, the hole will look as big as a garbage can.
Jim Murphy teaches at Sugar Creek Country Club in Sugar Land, Texas.
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