Golf's Great Divide

The big shots drive into the Masters with chips on their shoulders. Inside the clashes that could make 2005 the game's most intriguing year ever

Dusk is creeping up the pine trees at the Sawgrass Players Club, but Vijay Singh isn't heading for the 19th hole. After shooting a 5-under-par 67 in the first round of the Players championship, the world's top-ranked golfer ambles over to the driving range, pulls an iron out of his bag and, like a windmill, whacks 10 balls straight down the fairway. He switches irons and hits 40 more. Autograph seekers would be advised to go elsewhere. "I'm not going to stop," he tells his caddie. After 80 more shots, sunlight has dropped into the cup. "That's what I do," Singh,...

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