WHO: Jos� Mar�a
WHERE: Par-3 16th
hole at Torrey Pines South
playoff hole at the Buick Invitational
Olaz�bal used to be the king of the short game, but is he still? In the last 12
months he's had two chances to win Tour events, and he's lost both by missing
short putts in playoffs. Is age catching up with Ollie, who just turned 40?
Does he have the yips? Perhaps he was simply intimidated by Phil Mickelson at
the 2005 BellSouth and by Tiger Woods last week, but the next time Ollie is in
the hunt, we'll all wonder whether his short-game magic is a thing of the
Eyes, Ball, Feet = Every Ball Falls
To putt well
follow this routine, especially under pressure:
1) Eyes Set your
eyes directly over the target line.
2) Ball Holding the putter with your dominant hand, aim the club at the
3) Feet Place your feet on a line two putter heads from the ball with your
weight evenly distributed and the ball under the eye closest to the hole.
John Elliott, a Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher, works at Golden Ocala Golf and