Yip, Yip, Hooray
Germany's Bernhard Linger contracted the yips when he was 19. He cured them by switching to a heavier putter. But in 1988 Langer, then 30, suffered a relapse. Shortly after tempting golf's gods by discussing the yips with a reporter, Langer five-putted from three feet on one hole at the '88 British Open. Ten years ago this month at the Million Dollar Challenge in Sun City, South Africa, his putter twitching all the way, he finished last. That December debacle prompted Langer to invent a hand-over-wrist yip grip that took all wrist action out of his stroke and revived his game. "I've had the yips and overcome them," he said. "I just hope they don't come back." They haven't yet. In '93, five years after his total eclipse in Sun City, the yip-gripping Langer won his second Masters. This year he ranked 50th on the European tour in putting and earned $432,872.