Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Greg-norman-masters Forget about Tiger versus Phil and that wild three-man playoff, the
craziest thing I saw at the Masters was Greg Norman laying up into
Rae's Creek on No. 13 on Friday and then missing the cut.Let me set the scene for you: Norman's just made birdie on the par-3 12th.
He's 1-under for the tournament and looks well on his way to playing
the weekend. You even heard a couple what if... murmurs. Norman playing
the weekend on the scene of so many heartbreaks becomes one of the main story lines of the 2009 Masters. On Saturday it would have been the story. Heck, he potentially could have played with Larry Mize, who made the cut at 1-under.His drive on the famous par-5 13th ends up right in the pine needles. Well, that happens on this hole.
It's a garden-variety layup. He can lay up 20 yards from the green or
50 yards from the green. He's even fine if he lays up 150 yards from
the green. But one yard long is disaster, and Norman knows as well as
anyone that a big number lurks on every hole at Augusta National.With
all that hard-earned knowledge, Norman still dunks his layup into Rae's
Creek and ends up with a double-bogey 7. The wheels come off after that
and he bogeys 14 and 17 on his way to 77 and a ticket home.It
had to be a lapse in concentration. About 90 percent of your energy
goes to running your brain and Augusta National challenges you on every
shot unlike any other course. A 54-year-old part-time player with a
wide-ranging business empire, diverse hobbies like wine and tennis, and
a new wife isn't going to be able to run his brain at the concentration
level needed for major tournament play, even if his name's Greg Norman.(Photo: Robert Beck/SI) Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher T.J. Tomasi, Ph.D., a Class A PGA
professional, teaches at the Nantucket Golf Club in Massachusetts. You
can learn more about T.J. at tjtomasi.com

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