But I'll never forget that shot. Interestingly, Tom clearly remembers it as well. He referred to it
In a deep greenside bunker like the one I'm trying to escape from here, I take a weak grip and open the clubface even more than 45 degrees. Then I hinge my wrists early and swing the club up outside my normal arc--much like Fred Couples does on his typical swing. I keep the clubface open through impact by holding on firmly with the last three fingers of my left hand.
The bunker in the photo here is on the 200-yard, uphill 17th hole at The Conservatory in Palm Coast, Fla., a course I designed. This British-style pot bunker protects the front-left of the green. You can play to the right side safely, but you'll leave yourself a long putt on most days.
I once faced a tough, deep-bunker shot on another 17th hole, at Oakmont during the 1983 U.S. Open. I made the kind of vertical swing described above, sliced under the ball, and it came out high and rolled to about five feet. I lipped out the putt but remember that shot as one of my best.
(Photo: Dom Furore)