2004 Daily Putting Digest

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Updated Thursday, July 8, 2004 8:30 AM

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2004 3rd Quarter - July thru September

A day at the beach -- For many years, Sag Harbor Golf Course had "sand greens," making rakes pivotal pieces of equipment, New York Newsday, NY, 8 Jul 2004

1962: A look back at the American Golf Classic at Firestone CC -- Palmer won with 116 putts averaging 29 per round -- the best he'd putted since winning the 1960 Masters and US Open, Akron Beacon Journal (subscription), OH, 8 Jul 2004

Amazing 66 puts Maki Kobayashi 4 shots clear of field in control of Jr. PGA -- "I didn't make many mistakes and I had the putter going really well.", New Britain Herald, CT, 8 Jul 2004

Big Ten Champ Danah Ford takes Indiana Women's Open -- Elly Leonard has a bad day on the greens and finishes two back -- difficulty reading putts and getting the stroke working, Indianapolis Star, IN, 8 Jul 2004

Big-hitting Mat Blair makes 18-hole 60 look easy in winning Monticello Open -- Indiana Section PGA record -- left a 59 on the course missing makeable putts on last two holes, Indianapolis Star, IN, 8 Jul 2004

There's no place like home - Canadian Tour soph Adam Spiers hits it well but doesn't score low enough -- putting a new putter in his bag this week to see if that helps, Winnipeg Sun, Canada, 8 Jul 2004

Vijay Singh to defend at John Deere Classic -- has won three times already this season, but has blamed a bulky putter for two finishes outside the top 25 in his last six starts -- says he has solution now but it's a "very big secret.", Quad-Cities Online, 8 Jul 2004

Tips of the week -- putt short ones until you make 100 in a row, AZ Central.com, AZ, 8 Jul 2004

NCAA champ Ryan Moore of Washington State wows local fans with deft touch around greens -- won national championship by whopping 6 syrokes on field, Seattle Post Intelligencer, WA, 8 Jul 2004

Vijay Singh the defender -- thinks last week's discovery may turn his putting around, Quad City Times, IA, 8 Jul 2004

15-year-old Wes Roach fires 6-under 66 to lead Tennessee Junior Championship -- putting drills from local pro Brad Rose helped him one-putt ten greens, Knoxville News Sentinel, TN, 8 Jul 2004

Scottish Open greens in great shape -- Montgomerie trying out putters again and settles on one he used in Ryder Cup for 4.5 points, Springfield News Sun, OH, 8 Jul 2004

Mickelson checks out Royal Troon-- hopes to putt like he did in the Masters, PGA.com, 8 Jul 2004

Paul Lawrie reverts to former coach Adam Hunter -- Thomas Bjorn returns to Peter Cowen -- both end experiment with Claude Harmon -- Lawrie: "The key is I've not been knocking in the putts you need.", The Scotsman, UK, 8 Jul 2004

Freddie Jacobsen finished second at Loch Lomond's Scottish Open two years ago after missing a 4-footer on last hole, Glasgow Daily Record, UK, 8 Jul 2004

Golf's a short story for Pelz -- 80% of shots lost to par are within 100 yards, Rocky Mountain News, CO, 8 Jul 2004

Meg Mallon's putting in US Open first three days not so hot -- missed 8 putts inside 3 feet, GolfDigest.com, 7 Jul 2004

Jarrett Marchand gets summer season off to a sizzling start -- 20-footer ends three-hole playoff in Arrowhead Junior Tour event -- "My putting's been unbelievable.", Gonzales Ascension Citizen, LA, 7 Jul 2004

Consistency key to 17-year-old Carley Hrusovsky's round in Ohio Junior Championship -- "I made some birdie putts and some good par putts.", Marion Star, OH, 7 Jul 2004

Chad Bricker, last year's runner up, wins Pennsylvania Junior Championship by a stroke -- missed only one putts inside 5 feet on a day no one got hot with long putts, Chambersburg Public Opinion, PA, 7 Jul 2004

Jamie Elson, European Tour rookie, reverts to short putter in case R&A bans belly putter -- wishes R&A would let golfers know it's thinking, BBC Sport, UK, 7 Jul 2004

Seven-handicapper Scott Hansel shoots an unexpected 64 with only 25 putts to snag 1st round lead in Northern Kentucky Amateur, Cincinnati Enquirer, OH, 7 Jul 2004

Rick Sessinghaus, To improve, be more goal-oriented -- set putts-per-round goals, Los Angeles Daily News, CA, 7 Jul 2004

Meg Mallon lost 2000 US Open to Karrie Webb with four 3-putts in final round, DetNews.com, MI, 6 Jul 2004

Kjell Enhager, the Swedish golfing philosopher, was the man who suggested that if a golfer took aim on one putt per green, rather than two, he or she could start thinking of scoring in the 50s -- influenced Annika Sorenstam and Thomas Bjorn, Telegraph.co.uk, UK, 6 Jul 2004

Stephen Ames gets first PGA victory -- Tiger Woods leaves a number of birdie putts short and fades, Monterey County Herald, CA, 5 Jul 2004

Stephen Ames putted beautifully all week -- no 3-putts and averaging under 30 putts a round -- Steve Lowery: "I just couldn't get the putts in.", Chicago Sun Times, IL, 5 Jul 2004

A low blow: Meg Mallon's 6-under 65 wins Open -- lowest final round features lights-out putting to nip Annika Sorenstam by 2, Torrington Register Citizen, CT, 5 Jul 2004

Meg Mallon wields magic putter, San Francisco Chronicle, CA, 5 Jul 2004

`Amazing putts' lock up US Women's Open title for Meg Mallon, San Jose Mercury News (subscription), CA, 5 Jul 2004

Meg Mallon masters the greens, Monterey County Herald, CA, 5 Jul 2004

Meg Mallon Rallies to Win US Women's Open -- 24 total putts, The Ledger, FL, 5 Jul 2004

Meg Mallon: "Today was just magical. I haven't putted like this in, I can't tell you how long. To have these amazing putts go in was so much fun.", Newsday, NY, 5 Jul 2004

Jennifer Rosales feels Open win slip away with missed short putts -- blows 3-stroke lead with final 75 -- her putting stroke up and left her late on the front nine and failed to return on the back, The Republican, MA, 5 Jul 2004

Annika Sorenstam 2nd in Open 2 shots back -- hits 17 GIRs but doesn't sink enough putts -- "I hit some really good putts all week, but sometimes they went in, sometimes they didn't.", St. Petersburg Times, FL, 5 Jul 2004

Jennifer Rosales Loses Touch On The Greens, Hartford Courant (subscription), CT, 5 Jul 2004

Korean Jeong Jang fires final round 66 good for 7th at Open -- her liking of downhill putts allows her to be aggressive at tough pin placements on fronts of greens typical of fourth rounds and go behind the pins, The Republican, MA, 5 Jul 2004

Jim Thorpe retains Long Island crown with clutch 18-foot par putt at 18th hole that beats three others by a stroke, Jackson Clarion Ledger, MS, 5 Jul 2004

Jerry Pate's putting lets him down -- fades with a 73, Newsday, NY, 5 Jul 2004

Nationwide Tour: Paul Gow overcomes Ben Bates' 1-stroke headstart, but Bates sinks a 22-foot birdie on final hole to catch Gow and goes on to win playoff, San Diego Union Tribune, CA, 5 Jul 2004

Day of mixed emotions for Paul Gow on Nationwide Tour -- overcomes 1-stroke headstart of Ben Bates, but Bates catches Gow on last hole with 22-foot birdie and goes on to win playoff, iseekgolf, Australia, 5 Jul 2004

Ben Bates catches Paul Gow on final hole with 22-foot birdie then wins in eight-hole playoff at Nationwide Tour, Canada.com, Canada, 5 Jul 2004

Putting is tourney's focus -- Putt-Putt, Ann Arbor News, MI, 5 Jul 2004

Ray Carrasco wins Wales Senior Open by 1 with 45-foot birdie on final hole, ic Wales, UK, 5 Jul 2004

Bob Murphy once said, "'Close' in golf usually means one more putt.", Indiana Gazette, PA, 4 Jul 2004

At K Club -- Austrian Martin Wiegele disqualified for "disfiguring" his putter on the 12th green and continuing to play on with a club that had accordingly become illegal, IrishExaminer.com (subscription), Ireland, 3 Jul 2004

Irish effort blown off course -- Darren Clarke declares belly putter experiment at an end, IrishExaminer.com (subscription), Ireland, 3 Jul 2004

Fearless Goosen calm in the storm -- perfect greens -- 6 birdies and 12 pars, IrishExaminer.com (subscription), Ireland, 3 Jul 2004

John Morse's 7-under 64 good for share of Reese's Cup lead with Paul Gow -- Morse hits only 11 GIRs but uses only 21 putts, CBS Sportsline, 3 Jul 2004

The end of brief romance -- back to earth for Brittany Lincicome -- 77 second round with 31 putts takes her out of contention with pros, Albany Times Union, NY, 3 Jul 2004

Jennifer Rosales posts 67, takes lead after second round of Open -- only mistake a 3-putt from 25 feet, Denver Post, CO, 3 Jul 2004

Peter Jacobsen recovered from arthroscopic hip surgery in April -- tied for Champions Tour lead on Long Island with 7 birdies and one bogey for 6-under 64 -- 5 birds on putts in the 15-20 foot range, Chicago Daily Herald, IL, 3 Jul 2004

Tiger struggles, keeps made-cut streak alive -- narrow miss includes 60-foot bomb, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, FL, 3 Jul 2004

Open notebook -- even with 32 putts, Juli Inksters says she putted well but off on speed -- Karin Koch having difficulty reading tricky greens -- Karrie Webb has had 5 3-putts in first two days, The Republican, MA, 3 Jul 2004

Jerry Pate turns back clock with 64 -- says he could have shot 60 if he had putted better, New York Newsday, NY, 3 Jul 2004

Former champ scrambling -- Karrie Webb 2nd in GIRs but 10th worst in total putts (67) for two days with five 3-putts, Boston Globe, MA, 3 Jul 2004

Old pro Kim Saiki giving lessons in second place after 36 holes -- 18 one-putt greens so far and no 3-putts, Rocky Mountain News, CO, 3 Jul 2004

Loren Roberts makes a small adjustment at the Western and is terrific in the 10- to 20-foot range -- greens called "receptive" or "springy," Melbourne Herald Sun, Australia, 2 Jul 2004

At the K Club: Darren Clarke takes 29 putts with his new belly putter but still struggles to a 76, The Mirror, UK, 2 Jul 2004

Teenage amateur Brittany Lincicome leads US Open with record-tieing 66 -- starts with 3-putt bogey on 2nd hole then shoots lights out on back nine with record-tieing 30 -- only 10 putts on back and a 7-iron eagle from the woods, New York Daily News, NY, 2 Jul 2004

Michele Wie's first US Open round 71 includes a 45-foot birdie, New York Daily News, NY, 2 Jul 2004

Loren Roberts keeps ball below the hole and capitalizes on his putting strength -- no real tough putts -- coming out of small problems with tennis elbow and back, ABS CBN News, Philippines, 2 Jul 2004

NC State's Briana Vega lets US Open nerves show -- 4-putts a 10-foot downhiller, Boston Globe, MA, 2 Jul 2004

Davidson golf coach Tim Straub wins Carolinas Open in 3-hole playoff against Deer Track pro Karl Kimball -- first two playoff holes had Kimball missing birdie putts of 20 and 35 feet, and Straub missing looks from 25 and 35 feet, Myrtle Beach Sun News, SC, 2 Jul 2004

Matt Donovan struggles on day two of Greater Portland Open to 1-over -- hit 14 greens in regulation but no putts fell -- "I hit some good putts but the hole seemd to have a cover on it.", Berkshire Eagle, MA, 2 Jul 2004

Josh Hillman shoots course-record 65 to win MetroWest open -- birdie-fest includes a 60-foot bomb, Milford Daily News, MA, 2 Jul 2004

Bad day with the putter at Buick Classic spurs Loren Roberts to get hist stroke worked out, Tallahassee.com, FL, 2 Jul 2004

'Boss of the Moss' Loren Roberts lives up to billing with 7-under 64 -- 27 total putts after adjustment with help of Jim Sutie, Chicago Tribune (subscription), IL, 2 Jul 2004

Canberra's Andrew McKenzie shares Dogwood Invitational lead -- great ballstriker needs to get his putting up to scratch, Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription), GA, 1 Jul 2004

The Firestone 1954 Rubber City Open -- Tommy Bolt's amazing haberdashery -- Marty Furgol's fateful encounter with a putter in the old lady's closet, Akron Beacon Journal (subscription), OH, 1 Jul 2004

Immaculate Riverside greens with average speed renders the Greater Portand Open venue defenseless as 28 players shoot in the 60s, Press Herald, ME, 1 Jul 2004

Trey Denton and Michael Stringer battle thru 5 extra holes in Mississippi Match Play Championship -- Stringer leaves a 20-footer inches short and Denton claims the win by sinking his 12-footer, Jackson Clarion Ledger, MS, 1 Jul 2004

Lori Kane confident as five Canadians tee up at US Open -- not putting as well as she would like -- greens are softer than those at Shinnecock Hills and have some winter kill, The Globe and Mail, Canada, 1 Jul 2004

Trick-shot artist and inspirational entertainer Dennis Walters shows handicap no obstacle -- routine includes driving a ball 200 yards with a putter, The Republican, MA, 1 Jul 2004

Country Youth Classic: Illinois State teammates Hillary Anderson and Chelsea Bach battle for title in girl's 18-22 -- Anderson's 76 prevails by one over hard-charging Bach's 73 -- both girls missed key putts and both said they should have shot 68s, Bloomington Pentagraph, IL, 1 Jul 2004

The move is on to Bermuda grass in the Valley -- Tif dwarf varieties provide smoother surfaces that last longer and remain in better shape than bent, East Valley Tribune, AZ, 1 Jul 2004

USGA rules and competitions head Tom Meeks to retire -- once missed qualifying for US Senior Open when his caddie failed to pull the flagstick, Indianapolis Star, IN, 1 Jul 2004

Patrick Schroder and David Hallford win Memphis GA fourball title -- slick greens at Memphis CC followed by "velcro" greens at Irene GC -- Shroder's round-2 putting "magic" -- trusting and banging the ball, Commercial Appeal, TN, 1 Jul 2004

Tom Gillis on target after 3 rounds in Michigan Open at T6 -- hits all 18 greens and takes 30 putts for 67 -- says he left 5 more birdies on the course, DetNews.com, MI, 1 Jul 2004

Spotlight: A few quick questions for Lee Trevino - oldest club in the bag: a 1954 Arnold Palmer putter, USA Today, 1 Jul 2004