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Big Play with Michael Breed
Jim Gorant
February 14, 2005
WHO: Phil Mickelson
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February 14, 2005

Big Play With Michael Breed

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DAY

EVENT

HIGHLIGHT

LOWLIGHT

TUE

NFL Media Party

John Daly joining Hootie and the Blowfish for Knocking on Heaven's Door

Of 1,650 balls hit, only 101 landed on the green

FRI

NFL Alumni Super Bowl of Golf

Lions QB and Paddy's cousin Joey Harrington won

The weather: 50� with gusty 20-mph winds

SAT

FOX Outing

FOX tipped the head pro two Super Bowl tickets

Jimmy Johnson didn't play, so no one got to see his hair do battle with the wind

SUN

NFL--PGA Tour Commissioners Cup

Schwag bag included an r7 Quad driver

Watching CEOs swing

SUN

Super Bowl Shootout

Stars from three sports swinging at 17

Marlins lefty Al Leiter slicing one over the cart path to the left

WHO: Phil Mickelson

WHAT: A 235-yard five-iron between trees from a sandy waste area

WHERE: Par-5 13th, TPC of Scottsdale

WHEN: Final round of the FBR Open

WHY

Mickelson's four-shot lead was in jeopardy after he pulled his drive, but he threaded a remarkable recovery through the trees. He capitalized on the shot by sticking an L-wedge to three feet and making birdie. On the back nine Mickelson had only 10 putts as he got up and down with the wedge five times.

MICHAEL'S TIP

Hit the Front Ball For Solid Contact

Clutch chipping is how you make a good scramble pay off. To get the ball airborne, don't scoop, but hit down for solid contact. Try this drill: Put two balls five inches apart. At address, align the club behind the rear ball, but on the downswing hit the forward ball. You'll need a steep angle of attack and must keep the handle ahead of the clubhead to do so.

Michael Breed teaches at Sunningdale Country Club in Scarsdale, N.Y., and is a Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher.

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