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Golf: Tiger’s Putting Post Mortem

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Stan Sutherland
Stan Sutherland

It’s been suggested Tiger will be dead and buried if he doesn’t start buying some putts.

The inquest into Tiger’s putting performance and the missed 5½ - foot birdie putt which would have extended his match against Nick Watney is fully covered in Geoff’s Shackelford’s, “Tiger assures concerned media industry that putting woes fixable “In about a day”

Doug Ferguson, Jeff Rude, Robert Lusetich and Steve Elling all have something to say about that missed 5 foot six-incher putt that in the past was a sure thing for Tiger. And I’m thinking that the last time I read so much coverage on one missed putt has to go all the way back to Bernhard Langer’s missed putt at the 1991 Ryder Cup.

Fortunately Bernhard had the mental fortitude to not dwell on this important missed putt and very soon after went to win the German Masters. And I’ve the feeling the prophets of doom and gloom about Tiger’s future may well have to retract their reservations.

Steve Elling states, “..if he (Tiger) putts the way he has in his two PGA Tour starts -- which included missing five times from five feet or closer in the final round at Pebble Beach -- he's going to have trouble winning matches for pocket money at his home club in South Florida."

Jeff Rude chips in with, “He missed seven putts inside of 15 feet, all but one for birdies. Five of the misses were in the range of 5-10 feet. The longest of the three birdie putts he made was 6 feet, on a 335-yard driveable par 4; the two others were tap-ins on par 5s. His longest make was on a 14 1/2-foot par save at the fifth.”

And Doug Ferguson adds, “In what is becoming a troubling trend for Woods, he missed the birdie putt so badly that it never even touched the hole, giving Watney a 1-up victory Thursday in the Match Play Championship.”

In reply to his critics Tiger suggests, "I should be able to fix it (putting issues) in about a day," And so he can. What a difference a day can make just ask Hunter Mahan.

Hunter wasn’t too happy with his putting prior to the Match Play Championship. So much so he was persuaded to try a putter that in his eyes wasn’t too pretty.

Nevertheless he tried the newly-designed Ping Nome putter and overnight his putting dramatically improved.

Commenting on his recent poor putting Hunter said, “…I was kind of pushing my putts. I wasn’t getting a true roll and a true read.”

“Pushing my putts” was also part of Tiger’s putting problems and no doubt can be fixed in about a day with the right putter.

Here’s the link to Geoff  

Quote of the day

"The only thing that will make me feel better is if I punch Nick Faldo in the back of the neck." - Matt Kuchar, commenting on Nick Faldo’s criticism of the belly putter used by the likes of Matt and many others

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