SAN FRANCISCO — Tiger Woods seems to have a thing new in retail outlet for this PGA Championship: his putter.
Woods has won all but 1 of his 15 majors with a Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS, the putter he borrowed from Mark O’Meara in 1998 and never ever returned. The only other time he switched at a main was at St. Andrews in 2010, when he utilized a Nike Method.
Woods has experimented with other putters due to the fact then, these as a TaylorMade range in 2018 just before heading back to his typical putter at the Tour Championship, which he won.
This 7 days he has been doing the job with a putter just like his Cameron Newport but with adjustable weights in the sole to adjust to green speeds. Golf Channel reported it would be in the bag Thursday, and Woods utilized it in the course of a apply round Wednesday with Steve Stricker and Davis Really like III.
“It’s essentially the very same putter with a minimal little bit much more versatility,” Stricker mentioned. “He’s in a position to adjust the weights close to a minimal little bit, but the duration is the variation. He’s obtained a minimal much more duration on there, and that’s just so he can apply a minimal little bit much more with no back ache. That is what excites him the most is that he was in a position to place in a ton of time with this putter. And watching him putt, it appeared just the very same to me. He rolled the ball terrific.”
Notah Begay III, a longtime close friend who now operates as an analyst for NBC and Golf Channel, mentioned Woods was hunting “to produce some new sensations in his palms.”
“The additional weight could give him a thing to at the very least function on and concentration as he tries to discover that placing stroke,” Begay mentioned.
Will he make the change? And if he does, for how lengthy?
“I assure you, old devoted is back at the location wherever he is remaining right now,” Begay mentioned on Golf Channel. “It is not much away.”