How this hero can save his player from a mistake in ending the tournament

Georgia Hall made a smart move with the help of her caddy at the Women’s Open at Muirfield.

WWelcome to Play Smart, game improvement Column and podcast From Editor Luke Kerr-Dineen to help you play smarter and better golf.

I wrote about it repeatedly And the repeatedlyAnd I will continue to write about it until the world of golf is cleansed of these terrible pains.

This scourge is trying to hit the hero with bullets that look It cools the smallest part of the time and ends up in a mess the rest of the time.

In the end, it was going to glory that faded Sahith Theegala at the Travelers earlier this year.

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And I almost got rid of the previous Georgia Open in Georgia Hall in 2022 AIG Women’s Championship On Friday – until the champ, Jo Miller, enters.

Playing Muirfield’s fifth hole hole, Hall found herself in a frightening predicament.

After shoving her ball into a left pot hide, her lie was good enough to get her ball forward, but only as far as the next bunker in line. There, her lie was horrific: straight on the lip, making the shot from just 111 yards unplayable.

But Hall, like any elite player, was tempted. She took her stance and started looking straight ahead, hoping to push her ball somewhere in an up and down range. But as the lips watched, everyone around her could see a lurking disaster.

“If you go in this corner, you can’t get it out,” says commentator Karen Staples. “I can’t see that come out.”

Hall was about to fall into the classic trap posed by these situations: a little More than you can chew.

Just look at the stats. From 111 yards, let’s say it hit two bullets.

  • At first, I grabbed on the lips and advanced the ball about 35 yards–a really nice shot from that position. Best case scenario from here.
  • In the second, she hits something straight from side to side, so her next shot is between 100 and 125 yards.

According to the proximity stats of the PGA Tour, the average player on the tour The next shot will end 18 feet from the pin If the hero pulled the first shot. In the second, the stats say that The average player of the round will finish 20 feet. Both those hits They carry with them a manufacturing rate of about 18 percent.

So, at the risk of bringing in the Double Stealth, or worse, her reward is…Can Hit her on her next shot two feet closer, with the same 80 percent chance of missing the next shot?

It doesn’t make sense, which is why hitting the champ doesn’t make sense to us. Fortunately, Hall had some A+ cans to help her out. Miller trained her to push the ball sideways, back to safety.

She hits her ball on the green and hits with two hits. This is golf, but the real victory is what didn’t happen. You can recover from a hangover. In a major like this, you can’t afford to double or worse.

It didn’t, thanks to the perfect pairing of tactics and techniques from both player and pack. You can watch the full moment below.

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Luke Kerr-Dineen is Game Improvement Editor for GOLF Magazine and In his role, he oversees game improvement content for the brand that includes Help, Equipment, and Health & Fitness across all multimedia platforms at GOLF.

An alumnus of the International Junior Golf Academy and University of South Carolina – the Beaufort golf team, where he helped them number one in the NAIA National Rankings, Locke moved to New York in 2012 to pursue a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. . His work has also appeared in USA Today, Golf Digest, Newsweek, and The Daily Beast.