An element of golf strategy that even pros get wrong

When golfers play as partners, either in four-ball matches (as in the recent Solheim Cup and upcoming Presidents Cup) or in scrambles, they commonly follow a strategy in which the first partner to play hits a “safe” shot — maybe a layup on a long par 5, or a tee shot to the center of the green on a par 3 — and then, if the safe shot has been successful, the next partner hits an aggressive shot, right at the flag.

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