2004 Daily Putting Digest
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2004 3rd Quarter - July thru September 

Putting course not the best indicator at Mt Juliet, FOX Sports, 30 Sep 2004

R Nachimuthu, Danny Chia take lead in World Cup qualifiers -- Nachimuthu finishes strong with birdies from 15, 20, and 8 feet and a chip-in birdie, The Malaysia Star, Malaysia, 30 Sep 2004

Keeping Our Eyes on the Green -- biotechnology and herbicide-resistant creeping bentgrass, AgWeb, 30 Sep 2004

The Yips Part 1: Hank Haney, How I cured my driver yips, GolfDigest.com (Aug 2004)

The Yips Part 2: Randy Smith, The chipping yips, GolfDigest.com (Sep 2004)

The Yips Part 3: Hank Haney, How to beat the putting yips -- Mark O'Meara found a way to overcome them, and you can, too, GolfDigest.com (Oct 2004)

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David Duval needs to shake rust, get his putter working, Jackson Clarion Ledger, MS, 29 Sep 2004

Moe the Schmoe -- Moe Norman was golf's purest ballstriker -- eccentric savant had photographic memory, was a math genius, wore three wrist watches, hid wads of cash in his Caddilac, once mis-hit a ball in 1962, and considered putting a bore, USA Today, 29 Sep 2004

Come putt-putt in cool comfort -- Calcutta open's India's 1st indoor 9-hole course, Calcutta Telegraph, India, 28 Sep 2004
 
Rare putter up for auction -- longnose beechwood club was made in about 1850 by James Wilson -- expected to fetch between 2,000 and 2,500 pounds, ic Dumfries.co.uk, UK, 28 Sep 2004

Callaway Golf Company, Companynewsgroup (Comunicados de prensa), Spain, 28 Sep 2004

Cleveland Golf / Never Compromise putters -- Tour results Sept 26, 2004, Categorynet (Communiqués de presse), France, 28 Sep 2004

Larry Nelson has eyes on Ryder Cup captaincy -- went 5-0 and then 4-0 in his two appearances! -- future Hall of Famer says the Euros have putted better than the US the last seven matches but there is more to their winning than that -- US needs to figure it out, Houston Chronicle, TX, 28 Sep 2004

Stewart Cink testing versions of Nike Golf's new OZ T100 putter throughout the year, BunkerShot.com, US, 28 Sep 2004

Linton HS standout Rachel Pruett wins Indiana Reegional, advances to State, in convincing fashion -- 3 strokes on field -- "I hit 14 of 18 greens in regulation and had only 29 putts. Saturday was my best round ever in a tournament.", Linton Daily Citizen,

Jim Roy overtakes Tony Hejna for State Mid-Am win in last two holes -- Hejna's bogey-bogey finish includes untimely three-putt on 18th hole to lose by 1 stroke -- 4th Mid-Am plus 1981 State Am title for former PGA Tour player Roy, Syracuse Post Standard, NY, 27 Sep 2004

Three wins in a row, and 5 of last 6 -- They're all playing for second now behind Vijay Singh -- John Daly: "Vijay is going nuts right now." , Uniontown Herald Standard, PA, 27 Sep 2004

San Jose's Christina Kim has breakthrough first career LPGA victory -- "I'm putting damn good right now.", San Francisco Chronicle, CA, 27 Sep 2004

Backyard putting courses require money, battling obstacles and lots of maintenance -- even when you're away,Monterey County Herald, CA, 27 Sep 2004

Christina Kim: "The game's so much easier if you can putt.", San Jose Mercury News (subscription), CA, 27 Sep 2004

Christina Kim holds off charging Karrie Webb who shot 64 but missed 7-footer to tie on last hole -- Kim: "Watching that putt was agonizing. It seemed to roll so slowly. I thought it was in, then it sped up and went past the hole.", Sarasota Herald-Tribune, FL, 27 Sep 2004

In-Craig-able! Craig Stadler polishes off third win in a row at SAS on final green needing only a six-putt to dust off the field, Durham Herald Sun, NC, 27 Sep 2004

Marc Cayeaux wins playoff with a 10-foot birdie, The Scotsman, UK, 27 Sep 2004

Vijay Singh's putting shines -- makes everything inside 6 feet, CBS Sportsline, 26 Sep 2004

Acker-Macosko shoots 60 in California -- 11 birdies in first 16 holes then chases a 59 but barely misses from 23 feet on the 17th and from 30 feet on the 18th, CBS Sportsline, 26 Sep 2004

Korea's Charlie Wi coasts to three-stroke victory in Taiwan Open -- gets it going on the weekend -- "I putted really solidly today and holed some nice putts.", The Malaysia Star, Malaysia, 26 Sep 2004

Stadler wins SAS Championship -- birdie putts of 4, 10, 11, 8, 18, and 10 feet with one three-putt -- "I made some good putts.", The Herald News, MA, 26 Sep 2004

Longs Drugs round 2: Christina Kim's second round rocky -- "I was sort of frustrated," Kim said. "It wasn't working because yesterday I saw a putt and felt like I could cross my eyes and still make it. But today, I think if anything I was standing a little too close to my putts." Allsports, US, 26 Sep 2004

Langer's caddie, Russ Holden, had big impact on Ryder Cup rout -- Detroit native helped Langer scout every inch of Oakland Hills greens for where to leave approaches for best chance for putts, Sun-Sentinel.com, FL, 26 Sep 2004

European Tour stats attack -- Steady Swede: Henrik Stenson -- hit 60 of 72 GIRs and had a business-like average of 29.5 putts per round, BBC Sport, UK, 26 Sep 2004

Henrik Stenson runs away with Heritage title -- "I played a great long game and the putter was working pretty good over the last few holes." -- four birdies in a row on holes 14-17 with three long ones, News-Herald.com, United States, 26 Sep 2004

The Heritage: Patrik Sjoland finishes third -- "I had struggled a bit on the greens on the front nine and then on the back nine I felt like I was hitting many good putts but they just not did not drop. That is the way it goes sometimes.", European Tour, UK, 26 Sep 2004

Richmond High School girls golf Devils qualify for the state meet with 2 strokes to spare -- Junior Sarah Habschmidt the unsung hero of the day -- steps up to drop 40-foot par putt on 16th and has best round of her career as last-minute substitute, Pallad-Item, IN, 26 Sep 2004

Paula Creamer setting sights high -- Teen wants Solheim Cup spot -- advanceses to final stage of LPGA Q-School set for December despite second-round 77 with 39 putts, San Francisco Chronicle, CA, 26 Sep 2004

Ian Woosnam: "Even after all these years my battle with the putter's not over yet! My putting is something I'm always working on. If I'm not playing well it's because I'm not putting well. And when my putting's going well I'm right up there on top of my game.", BBC Sports, UK, 26 Sep 2004

Xaverian Brothers HS Hawks Jeff Wallace very strong -- six-under for 9 holes in victory -- ''It wasn't just that I was hitting it close. My putter was so hot I was making everything. I had six birdies and three pars and on two of the pars, I lipped out from 15 feet, so it could have been lower.", Boston Herald, MA, 26 Sep 2004,

Max Weinstein storms to front at Cumberland County championship at Cypress Lakes GC -- greens stimping 11, rolling true, and getting faster -- "I just seemed to get it up there about 10 or 15 feet and I made some putts. If you're rolling it good on these greens, it's going in.", Fayetteville Observer, NC, 26 Sep 2004

Ben Butterfield medals with lights-out putting at Cascades GC as Jackson High School Vikings win -- only 24 putts -- "The greens were rolling good. My putts were great.", Jackson Citizen-Patriot, MI, 25 Sep 2004

84 Lumber: Mystic Rock greens still maturing after being rebuilt to answer Tour players' complaints last year -- tough to read in this condition, Stamford Advocate, CT, 25 Sep 2004

Northern Counties Cup final at Royal Dornoch between Inverness and Nairn comes down to playoff between 2-pair teams -- Nairn's 1st pair drives the playoff hole and eagles to win hole while Nairn's 2nd pair sinks a critical 7-footer to halve the hole for the team win, Northern Times, UK, 25 Sep 2004

Tour Rep to the pros -- Mike Neal follows the PGA Tour offering McHenry Metals and STX putters, Uniontown Herald Standard, PA, 25 Sep 2004

SAS: Craig Stadler goes for three in a row -- bounces back from bad hole with a 40-foot eagle and ends up shooting 7 under for 2-shot lead, Rocky Mountain News, CO, 25 Sep 2004

Ashok Kumar wins second straight golf title at Bangalore GC's Hero Honda Open despite very poor putting -- missed six putts inside 4 feet, including two from 2 feet, and still shot 69 to win by one stroke, Kerala Online, India, 25 Sep 2004

Kent Jones gets his putting on track with new Never Compromise putter, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, PA, 25 Sep 2004

84 Lumber 1st round: Singh on top of pile again with opening 64 -- 13 of 14 fairways, 17 of 18 greens and 28 putts, China Post, Taiwan, 24 Sep 2004

Longs Drugs Challenge: Laura Davies 5 back after ridiculous 3-putt for par from 3 feet, Sporting Life, UK, 24 Sep 2004

Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell stayed out in front in The Heritage at Woburn Golf and Country Club with 68 -- putting well as his game matures to new level in pursuit of 2nd win this year -- Padraig Harrington misses lots of birdie putts and feels frustrated, CBS Sportsline, 24 Sep 2004

ADT Seniors Open round 1: Carl Mason suffers lip-out day -- 8 wins in first 14 months on Tour, PGA European Tour, 24 Sep 2004

Why the US lost the war: "As someone so aptly put it, Tiger wouldn't read a putt for Phil if Phil came out there with a cane and a dog. And vice versa.", Electric New Paper, Singapore, 24 Sep 2004

La Contenta assistant pro Glen Stubblefield second at Senior NorCal Open -- putter on fire first day and keeps him steady second day -- has won event three times, Calaveras Enterprise, CA, 24 Sep 2004

St Julian Cup: 'Disappointed' Bobby Eggo equals own course best 64 but a three-putt and a missed short putt cost him new L'Ancresse course record, Guernsey Weekly Press, UK, 24 Sep 2004

'Tobans fail to crack Canadian Q-school -- putting poorly at the wrong time, SLAM! Sports, Canada, 24 Sep 2004

Albertsons Boise Open: Boisean Kevin Burton rides birdie binge and sits T28 -- poor driving means he only hit 7 GIRs but putting saved him -- only 21 putts, IdahoStatesman.com, ID, 24 Sep 2004

Albertsons Boise Open: Double-eagle vaults rookie Justin Bolli to 2-shot lead -- plays final 4 holes birdie, double-eagle, birdie, birdie for 63 -- birdie putts from 10, 3, and 6 feet and double-eagled par 5 with a 4 iron, IdahoStatesman.com, ID, 24 Sep 2004

84 Lumber round 1: Jeff Brehaut stays with Vijay Singh until the last holes: "Putting has been my problem for as long as I can remember and I gave three shots away with the putter in the last four holes. I hit a good shot into 15, and I three-putted. I missed a 2-footer for par on 17, and I three-putted the last hole.", Pittsburgh Live, PA, 24 Sep 2004

Thailand's Thammanoon Srirot takes first-round lead in Taiwan Open -- only 27 putts, China Post, Taiwan, 23 Sep 2004

Freeport BGA's annual Over and Under tournament at Freeport Municipal Golf Course: Robbie Nieman and Rick Spencer have the right mix -- Nieman bombs the drives off the tees and Spencer drops the bombs on the green, Brazosport Facts, TX, 23 Sep 2004

European Challenge Tour – Open de Toulouse: Zimbabwe's Marc Cayeux dropping a slew of 20-footers and a 40-foot bomb for 7-under 65 and 1 stroke lead -- greens a little slow, BunkerShot.com, US, 23 Sep 2004

Revitalised Raymond Russell has Darren Clarke to thank for recent putting instruction session -- "I wasn't happy either with my stroke or my set-up at the time and he helped me to try and find something. I didn't use everything Darren suggested, but I took a chunk of it and that's given me something to work on.", Scotsman, UK, 23 Sep 2004

Vijay Singh switches to Never Compromise putter -- new Milled Series prototype set to premier in January, iseekgolf, Australia, 23 Sep 2004

European Tour - The Heritage: Nick Dougherty told to lay off the partying and get back to golf, CNN International, 23 Sep 2004

Third-ranked Duke Blue Devils edge out Washington to claim NCAA Fall Preview title -- Coach Dan Brooks: "Liz Janangelo played from tee to green very well all week, but just couldn't get any putts to drop. It just happens like that in some tournaments.", CollegeSports.com, US, 23 Sep 2004

What a pain in the arse -- Glenn Benson spends about $20,000 and 5 years fighting to overturn USGA's Frank Thomas' ruling against his simple putter design -- attorney finally convinces new USGA ruler that USGA position is inconsistent, unfair, and incorrect, South Bend Tribune, IN, 23 Sep 2004

Here's the hole truth about backyard putting courses, Fort Wayne News Sentinel, IN, 23 Sep 2004

An odd-ball putter: Bob Chorne's Nassau Golf Company welds ball on back of new design to helps golfer optics in making solid contact in 3D ball-to-ball, New York Newsday, NY, 23 Sep 2004

It's Europe or bust: Bruce Heuchan battling bad putter, rare form of leukemia on European Senior Tour -- skipping chemotherapy for a while to chase his dream after winning Q-School but he still needs to do something about his putting, Vancouver Sun, Canada, 22 Sep 2004

At Heritage Pointe's three nines, the challenge is usually getting the approach shot into the right quadrant of the greens, Calgary Sun, Canada, 22 Sep 2004

ClubCorp Championship Series Country Club and Resort Team Championship: Fair Oaks Ranch Golf & CC 4-person team's finish in "lower half" of field attributed to poor putting, San Antonio Express (subscription), TX, 22 Sep 2004

Robert Trent Jones Jr. credits his father's Oakland Hills greens with Ryder Cup difference -- Euros putted beautifully as if on their home course, while Americans were uncomfortable on the dance floor, DetNews.com, MI, 22 Sep 2004

Midwest Sports Surfaces, LLC offers SofTrak Synthetic Greens, BunkerShot.com, 22 Sep 2004

Phil Mickelson's great year ending on sour note, MLive.com, MI, 22 Sep 2004

SAS Championship: Last year's battle was a putting scrap between Tom Kite's 61 with just 9 putts on back nine and DA Weibring, who won with an eagle putt and a last-hole 14-foot birdie, PGA. com, 21 Sep 2004

Sergio Garcia Interview: on his improved short putting: "I've been working really hard on my putting, trying to get a good motion on it and working it through in my head, with my head. I've been more still than I used to be, and I think it's going to help.", Cybergolf National, 21 Sep 2004

Chris Riley's UNLV coach Dwaine Knight says Chris was having real trouble breathing in his Ryder Cup matches -- not handling his excitement and anxiety well, Las Vegas Sun, NV, 21 Sep 2004

Long Drug's Challenge: Last year Sweden's Helen Alfredsson won at Lincoln Hills when Pat Hurst four-putted the 18th hole for a double bogey, San Francisco Chronicle, CA, 21 Sep 2004

In 1987 at Murifield with Jack Nicklaus captaining the Americans, the Euros danced the dance of victory on the final green for the first time on American soil -- earlier, Ben Crenshaw accidentally snapped the shaft of his famed Little Ben putter when he tried to smash an acorn and had to finish putting with his 1-iron -- It was that kind of day, Chicago Tribune, IL, 21 Sep 2004

US needs to make putts, not excuses, Duluth News Tribune, MN, 21 Sep 2004

Greatest team of putters ever assembled: "We just didn't make enough putts.", St. Paul Pioneer Press, MN, 21 Sep 2004

US needs new approach to Ryder Cup -- Jay Haas and others haunted by all the missed putts, Charlotte Observer (subscription), NC, 21 Sep 2004

Johnny Miller: America's top four major-winning players -- Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Davis Love III, and Jim Furyk -- stunk up the place -- combined 5-12-1 losing record, Knoxville News Sentinel, TN, 21 Sep 2004

Forget the psycho-babble -- the Euros won because they played better -- make your shots or go home, Detroit Free Press, MI, 21 Sep 2004

Nike Golf releases new Blue Chip OZ T100 Putter, iseekgolf, Australia, 20 Sep 2004

Heavy Putters making inroads on Tour, iseekgolf, Australia, 20 Sep 2004

Andy Stevenson - Ask Andy -- Reading putts cannot be taught, ic CheshireOnline, UK, 21 Sep 2004

Vodacom Origins of Golf Tour at Arabella: Maiden SA win for Louis Oosthuizen -- phenomenal putting gives him the needed cushion, IAfrica South African News, South Africa, 19 Sep 2004

Langer's captain's picks pay off -- outplay American captain's picks Stewart Cink and Jay Haas -- top putters don't get it done, Charleston Post Courier (subscription), SC, 19 Sep 2004

The fragile psyche of Tour pros on the greens -- Stewart Cink returns to form after dealing with his golf fears, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, PA, 20 Sep 2004

Final word: The Euro side hit more fairways and putted way better than the American side, News-Herald, NY, 20 Sep 2004

Patrick Sheehan's 3-putt from 22 then 5 feet ends his challenge to Bart Bryant at Valero Texas Open -- "It was just a poor putt. These greens, there's enough grain in them to affect little putts, and if you don't get it rolling end over end right away, the grain takes it." SLAM! Canoe, Canada, 20 Sep 2004

Sergio Garcia: "Believe it or not, there's people that can play golf outside the States.", Arizona Daily Sun, 19 Sep 2004

Captain's picks for good putting -- Stewart Cink and Jay Haas -- get thoroughly outplayed by Europeans, San Luis Obispo Tribune, CA, 19 Sep 2004

A flurry of missed American putts, ESPN.com, 19 Sep 2004

Jeff Quinney erases five-stroke deficit for first win -- good putting day, CBS Sportsline, 19 Sep 2004

New Nike has rear plug, Sunday Life, UK, 19 Sep 2004

Larry Blake sinks the 50-footer for $5,000, The Southern Illinoisan, IL, 18 Sep 2004

Local golfer Ryan Palmer in contention but he could use some better putting, Amarillo Global News, TX, 18 Sep 2004

Hal Sutton: "They're making putts, and we're not. It's difficult to be the captain. You feel helpless. You'd like to make a difference. The difference is making putts.", Oakland Tribune, CA, 18 Sep 2004

Tiger Woods blames two short missed putts for lost match, Washington Post, DC, 18 Sep 2004

Tiger Woods blows a 6-footer and a 5-footer to fumble match, NY Times, 18 Sep 2004

Chris Riley too pooped to putt, MLive.com, MI, 18 Sep 2004

Synthetic putting green a way for co-workers to bond, Centre Daily Times, PA, 15 Sep 2004

Tufts University Jumbos win Bowdoin Invitational -- Freshman David Hunt wants to get his putts-per-round down from 34, The Tufts Daily, MA, 15 Sep 2004

US needs to putt better to win Ryder Cup -- Jay Haas: "If you look at the tapes of past Ryder Cups, you see the team that wins is the team that makes the 6- and 8-, 10-, 12-footers consistently.", Florida Today, FL, 15 Sep 2004

Stan Utley hanging around Ryder Cup in case Jay Haas' putting needs fixing -- "Things hold up if you understand what you're doing. It helps to understand your cause-and-effect. Golf is so complicated that when someone tries to fix himself, it doesn't work.", Detroit News, MI, 15 Sep 2004

Cooperstown Otesaga Hotel Seniors Open at Leatherstocking: Cortland CC pro Tony Saraceno misses putts from 7 and 4.5 feet on last two holes to lose by one -- costs $11,000, Press & Sun-Bulletin, NY, 15 Sep 2004

Elephant posted on Web not Putt Putt's pachyderm -- Search for purloined giraffe and elephant continues, News Journal, TX, 15 Sep 2004

Brad Faxon: Good play in Ryder Cup more important than experience or course knowledge or pairing -- "Just because I'm a guy who scrambles more than most, and putts better than most, doesn't mean I'm going to play that way that particular day.", Providence Jopurnal, RI, 15 Sep 2004

Chad Campbell perhaps not as sharp as usual -- working with Stan Utley to improve his putting, Charlotte Observer, NC, 14 Sep 2004

Stewart Cink: Facing the demons every week -- "Sometimes your body doesn't act the way you think it's going to act. You can't have 100% control of your bodily movements and that's why you hit bad shots under pressure." -- Accepting imperfection critical to reaching higher level of performance, sportinglife.com, UK, 14 Sep 2004

Tommy Armour III's putter was golden in 2003 Valero Open -- made 52 of 52 putts inside 7 feet, CBS Sportsline, 14 Sep 2004

The MacGregor V-Foil GT MOI putter, PGA.com, 14 Sep 2004

Ryder-Oakland Hills praised for its fair Cup set-up -- David Toms: "The greens are fast and you'll see a lot of big-breaking putts. The greens seem to make the whole golf course.", Reuters, UK, 14 Sep 2004

Curtis Strange on Jay Haas' rejuvenated career: "When you start making putts, the world changes before your eyes.", Charlotte Observer, NC, 14 Sep 2004

Justin Leonard, How to Make the Clutch Putt, Golf Digest, 14 Sep 2004

Women's Mid-Am: Former ASU player Thuhashini Selvaratnam defeats 7-time USGA champ Carol Semple Thompson in quarterfinals -- Thompson: "My putter let me down.", Knoxville News Sentinel, TN, 13 Sep 2004

East Texas Safari Hunt Under Investigation -- Police say a 500 pound fiberglass elephant and a 10 foot tall giraffe are missing from the Putt-Putt Golf Course on Bill Owens Parkway -- valued at $5,000, KTAL-TV, LA, 13 Sep 2004

Tommy Armour III's 2003 success at LaCantera -- 28 birdies on 35 one-putt greens, CBS Sportsline, 13 Sep 2004

Callaway Golf Company, CompanynewsGroup (Communiqués de presse), Belgium, 13 Sep 2004

Vijay Singh ties Mike Weir with an 8-foot birdie on the 72nd hole -- Weir then misses from 7 feet for the win, and also misses from 5 feet to win in the playoff before Singh wins, SLAM! Sports, Canada, 12 Sep 2004

Mike Weir's putting costs him the Canadian Open -- 3-putts 16th from short range then misses a 5-footer for the win on 2nd playoff hole -- Vijay Singh wins next playoff hole, SLAM! Sports, Canada, 13 Sep 2004

Weir today, Gone tomorrow -- Mike Weir on losing the Canadian Open: "I only made one putt in the last two days. If I had putted halfway decent, I would have won the golf tournament.", SLAM! Sports, Canada, 13 Sep 2004

Mike Weir had three putts to become the first Canadian in 50 years to win his national title -- a 10-footer for birdie on the 72nd hole, a 25-footer for eagle on No. 18 in the playoff, and a 5-footer on No. 17 at the second playoff hole -- He missed them all, Contra Costa Times, CA, 13 Sep 2004

Basics of golf etiquette -- don't dig the ball out of the hole with your putter, Travel Golf, 13 Sep 2004

Mark Plummer wins the Welsh National Open for the third time with a closing 65 -- "I have been playing really well in the last month and owed this success to my putter. I didn't three-putt once in three days.", Bath Chronicle, UK, 13 Sep 2004

Jackie Burke at 81 the voice of Ryder Cup experience, Houston Chronicle, TX, 13 Sep 2004

From putt-yipping perfectionist to perfect -- Stewart Cink's learning that a bad golf shot does not make him a bad person eases up the fear of poor performance and allows the skill to come through, Atlanta Journal Constitution, GA, 13 Sep 2004

Blame Missouri lawmakers for putting woes -- passed over 1931 legislation to replace all regulation-size putting cups with 14-inch galvanized buckets, Joplin Globe, MO, 12 Sep 2004

Edwards Loar holds off Ernie Els' challenge to win in Korea -- Els' title hopes evaporate with three-putt and double bogey, Brisbane Courier Mail, Australia, 12 Sep 2004

Canadian Mike Weir leads Canadian Open by 3 -- gives himself 13 birdie putts but makes only one, Toledo Blade, OH, 12 Sep 2004

Mike Weir builds a three-stroke lead in Canadian Open with 1-under 71 despite horrible putting -- missed all but one decent chances at birdie putts -- lots of pars, Monterey County Herald, CA, 12 Sep 2004

Edward Loar wins Korean Open -- Ernie Els blames cold putter -- "I thought I hit it better today but the putter went kind of cold. I think I lost all the momentum when I missed those little putts on 10 and 11 in the third round.", News24 (subscription), News 24, South Africa, 12 Sep 2004

Lisa Ball one-putts 5 of 6 greens to come from 3 down to halve match in Home Internationals -- "I was pleased with my putting because it was windy and the greens were undulating. I had put in some practice with Kenneth Ferrie and our coach John Harrison at Matfen Hall at a time when they were working on `putting in the wind' for the golf tip spot!", icNewcastle, UK, 12 Sep 2004

Annika Sorenstam seizes 3-shot lead with 3-under 68 in 2nd round -- birdie putts from 10, 7, 25, and 6 feet -- one 3-putt from 12 feet, ABC Online, Australia, 12 Sep 2004

Christie Kerr with three wins this year tops the LPGA in putts per GIR, Oregonian, OR, 12 Sep 2004

Chris DiMarco explains the claw grip -- "It's really simple. It just takes my right hand out of play. I try to use my left hand, my left arm and my left shoulder to stroke the ball. There's no right hand involved, so there's no tension.", Detroit News, MI, 12 Sep 2004

Nobody makes more putts in the Ryder Cup than Colin Montgomerie, DetNews.com, MI, 12 Sep 2004

Doug Tewell takes lead on Champions Tour with 7-under 65 -- "My putter is feeling good in my hands." Winston-Salem Journal, NC, 12 Sep 2004

Phil Mickelson on the Ryder Cup: "One of the things I've noticed is that our team has incredible putters. We have a great putting team, as well as a great core of guys who are all fun and easy to get along with.", Independent, UK, 12 Sep 2004

Virginia Beach Open: After 3-putt bogey at 13th left him 2 behind clubhouse leaders, Kyle Thompson poured in four birdies at 14th, 16th, 17th (chip-in), and 18th to end with 2-shot lead, News-Herald, US, 12 Sep 2004

Gary McCord goes on birdie binge at Kroger Classic -- 8 birdies to 1 bogey -- all but one with short putts -- sticking ball close to pin all day, Hamilton Journal News, OH, 11 Sep 2004

Canadian Open 1st round: Vijay Singh sets front-nine course record with 8-under 28 -- six birdies inside 6 feet plus a 40-foot eagle, Akron Beacon Journal (subscription), OH, 11 Sep 2004

2002 Virginia Beach Open at TPC: Jason Buha recalls his course-record 64: "Really, it's all putting. You have so many rounds where you hit the ball pretty well and you shoot, like, 68. When you shoot a 63 or 64, you usually haven't missed a putt inside of 10 feet.", Pilot News, VA, 11 Sep 2004

Police begin safari after wild theft of giant fiberglass animals at Longview Putt-Putt -- elephant and giraffe missing -- probably a four-man job, News Journal, TX, 11 Sep 2004

Moe Norman spent his last months putting at his boyhood Rockway Golf Club in Kitchener -- died with $20,000 hidden in his Cadillac, The Globe and Mail, Toronto, Canada, 10 Sep 2004

Virginia Beach Open: Kyle Thompson's 68 leads but he lipped out six putts -- "I had so many putts that were just off the edge. I had a stretch of eight holes where I had six putts lip out. If I had been able to use my string, I would have needed about three inches to make them all.", Pilot News, VA, 10 Sep 2004

Amby Valley-MGC Open: Shiv Kapur triumphs over Mukesh Kumar -- Kumar's putting falters with three misses of sure birdies, Rediff, India, 10 Sep 2004

US Blind Golfer Ass'n: Ron Plath stays on course despite loss of sight to macular degeneration -- paces off putts and tries to get the ball withn 3 feet -- feels the slope with his feet, Register-Guard, OR, 10 Sep 2004

Padraig Harrington putting well after LASIK surgery to improve his left-eye vision -- nothing to correct -- just trying to have better-than-average eyesight on Tour, Winnipeg Sun, Canada, 10 Sep 2004

Matt Acuff, Tips from the pros -- Short putts, Arizona Republic, AZ, 9 Sep 2004

Odyssey White Hot Two-Ball and Ping Craz-E putters lead sales at Edwin Watts's Lakewood Ranch store, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, FL, 9 Sep 2004

Europeans have edge as matches approach -- Vartan Kupelian: "A hot putter is the most important weapon in match play.", DetNews.com, MI, 9 Sep 2004

New models driving sales surge for PING, AZ Central.com, AZ, 9 Sep 2004

Golf Legend Harvie Ward Recalled as ‘Great Guy', Southern Pines Pilot, NC, 8 Sep 2004

Singapore Business Federation Challenge at Laguna National: Indian Open champ Mardan Mamat leads with opening 68 -- uses under 30 putt, Straits Times, Singapore, 8 Sep 2004

Phil Mickelson Switches to Callaway Equipment, Myrtle Beach Sun News, SC, 8 Sep 2004

Vijay Singh believes hard work led to achieving No. 1 -- from Borneo to the top of the heap -- "It was different from the get-go.", The Desert Sun, CA, 8 Sep 2004

Callaway Golf Signs Phil Mickelson to Long-Term Contract; Reigning Masters Champ to Endorse Company's Clubs, Balls -- "He will work with Callaway Golf club designer Roger Cleveland to develop the irons, wedges and putter that best suit his game.", Busines Wire, 7 Sep 2004

US Women's Mid-Am: Suzanne Strudwick offers her advice for Holston Hills - "You do not want a downhill putt at any time.", Knoxville News Sentinel, TN, 7 Sep 2004

Mukesh Kumar in sole lead at MGC Open with first-round 7-under 63 -- 16 GIRs and 25 putts, Indian Express, India, 7 Sep 2004

Farmington Italian Fest features "Cheso golf" contest for children -- putting a ball up a ramp into a toilet, Canton Daily Ledger, IL, 7 Sep 2004

Craig Stadler finishes 63-66 to win First Tee Open by 3 with 27 putts Sunday -- Partner Aaron Woodard (16) says he learned "The better you putt, the better you score.", San Francisco Chronicle, CA, 6 Sep 2004

Golf legend Moe Norman lived life his way, Globe and Mail, Canada, 6 Sep 2004

Harvie Ward Passes Away at 78 -- Former Tar Heel collegian golfer, Tar Heel Blue, Chapel Hill, NC, 6 Sep 2004

Legendary amateur golfer Harvie Ward of Pinehurst dies at 78 -- paired with Ken Venturi in famous 1956 'amateurs vs. pros' match with Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson, Charlotte Observer, NC, 6 Sep 2004

Craig Stadler cruises to 4th win at First Tee Open -- 23 putts Saturday, 27 putts Sunday -- "When you aim the putts at the hole, and they all go in, it's a pretty easy week.", Contra Coasta Times, CA, 6 Sep 2004

Christie Kerr survives charge by Christina Kim -- Kim's 6-under 66 nearly overcomes Kerr's 4-shot lead beginning final round, but comes up short with missed 4-footer on final hole to force playoff, Monterey County Herald, CA, 6 Sep 2004

Craig Stadler's birdie putts: 2' (par-5 2nd), 2' (4th), 10' (par-5 6th), 1.5' (par-3 7th), 15' (par-3 12th), 5' (14th), 12' (par-3 17th) -- plus a 3-putt bogey on par-3 5th, Monterey County Herald, CA, 6 Sep 2004

Vijay Singh enters final round with 3-shot lead over Tiger Woods -- Tiger dropping some nice long birdie putts (29 and 22 feet), but has one 3-putt after running the first putt 10 feet past, Monterey County Herald, CA, 6 Sep 2004

Jay Haas' putter falters in final round -- Craig Stadler: "Jay missed some early putts and after the 12th hole I pulled away a little bit.", Grand Forks Herald, ND, 6 Sep 2004

Deutsche Bank: Jay Williamson stands at T5 and credits 45-inch putter he rests in sternum -- "I think I've stumbled onto something. I went cross-handed last week, and I really think it's going to be good for me.", Hartford Courant, CT, 6 Sep 2004

Deep South 4-Ball Quarterfinals -- Defenders Rod Baronet and Will Carstens survive into semifinals when opponent 3-putts from 15 feet -- Jay and Eric Lavespere advance when Jay birdies 18th hole from 25 feet for win, Alexandria Town Talk, LA, 6 Sep 2004

Moe Norman dies of heart failure at 75, London Free Press, UK, 5 Sep 2004

Golf phenom Moe Norman dies, Calgary Sun, Canada, 5 Sep 2004

Canada's golf savant Moe Norman never fit in -- "The club face is the trigger. The ball is the bullet. Aim and fire. Aim and fire.", Toronto Star, Canada, 5 Sep 2004

Golf won't be the same without Moe Norman, Winnipeg Sun, Canada, 5 Sep 2004

A Natural: Moe Norman, the eccentric Canadian golf star whose amazingly accurate swing dazzled tour stars for many years, died Saturday, PGA.com, 5 Sep 2004

Tiger Woods on a roll -- second day of 27 putts, including a 58-foot "depth charge" putt -- greens speeding up, Herald News, MA, 5 Sep 2004

Pechanga California State Open: Jason Gore 3-putts 18th from 60 feet to allow a playoff then sinks a 35-footer on 2nd playoff hole to win for second time, Press-Enterprise, CA, 5 Sep 2004

Vijay Singh takes lead from Tiger Woods in Boston -- shoots 63 despite a 3-putt from 28 feet and a missed eagle putt from 18 feet to lead by 2, Billings Gazette, MT, 5 Sep 2004

Ryan Palmer follows 23-putt round with 27-putt round -- "I've switched my routine a little bit for this tournament. I'm trying not to think too much about my stroke and focus more on a line. I'm picking out a line and making sure I put a good stroke on it." Boston Globe, MA, 5 Sep 2004

Bill Haas fires stellar 64 to step into second place -- "I really putted well today. I had a lot of tap-ins, and that makes it easier.", Boston Globe, MA, 5 Sep 2004

Brad Faxon's steady putting salvages bad ballstriking day -- only 8 GIRs, but also only 22 putts, for 72, Boston Globe, MA, 5 Sep 2004

Deep South 4-Ball Championship: Ted Lemoine and Mike Launay pushed defenders Rod Baronet and Bill Carstens to sudden death -- Lemoine's putting fantastic, The Town Talk, LA, 5 Sep 2004

Retirees get putting green outside their back door, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, PA, 5 Sep 2004

Adam Scott plays pretty solid golf except for two 3-putt bogeys -- "I've got to get rid of those if I'm going to have a chance to win.", Boston Herald, MA, 5 Sep 2004

Billy Andrade misses an 8-footer and misses the cut by 1 -- "I've been scuffling with getting the ball in the hole and scoring. You've got to putt out here. If you don't you can't compete to win.'' , Boston Herald, MA, 5 Sep 2004

Deutsche Bank: Tiger Woods making the short putts for birdies -- 6-birdie round of 6-under 65 got lead, Ocala Star-Banner, FL, 4 Sep 2004

Mukesh Kumar cruises to Hyundai-TNGF title and credits 2 hours of hotel room carpet putting -- Sandeep Syal fires career-best 8-under 64 with fantastic long putting -- sinks from 30, 20, and 40 feet in succession, Rediff, India, 4 Sep 2004

Sponsorship Research Institute says: Player endorsement contracts -- Television views of players lining up putts showing the hat account for 43 percent of the exposure, San Diego Union Tribune, CA, 4 Sep 2004

Mark O'Meara back in the hunt with only 24 putts -- four one-putt par saves key to round, Boston Globe, MA, 4 Sep 2004

European Masters in Switzerland: Argentina's Eduardo Romero 2 back of Sergio Garcia -- missed birdie opportunities and missed two short eagle putts, Miami Herald, FL, 4 Sep 2004

Mark O'Meara: "I'm starting to putt better because of my change in my putter grip." -- Saw grip rejuvenates his putting, Herald News, MA, 4 Sep 2004

Tiger Woods now tied for 1st in putting stats on Tour, Herald News, MA, 4 Sep 2004

Patrick Sheehan putting great as usual with only 23 putts -- Billy Mayfairs gets a slight putting grip modification from Phil Mickelson and Rick Smith that lights up 5-birdie, 1-bogey round, Boston Herald, MA, 4 Sep 2004

Still playing on fire at State Farm: Christina Kim follows 62 with 66 to smash 36-hole record by 3 -- Birdie putts: 12, 2-putt from 2, 15, 15, 8, 10, 16, Herald News, MA, 4 Sep 2004

Virginia GA Senior Am: John Cuomo surges from 1 down with 4 holes to play and birdies next 3 holes to win 2 and 1 -- 3-wood to 3 inches, wedge to 1 foot, and a 10-footer on 17th for the win, Hampton Roads, WVEC.com, VA, 4 Sep 2004

State Farm Classic: Charleston's Laura Myerscough struggles to 75 before home crowd -- poor putting, Charleston Times-Courier, IL, 3 Sep 2004

European Senior Masters: Sam Torrance in third despite messing up the finish with two three-putts, Sporting Life, UK, 3 Sep 2004

York HS Dukes girls team on fire -- Snare York Golf Invite title -- medalist Sarah Hannon uses only 27 putts for 1.5 putts per hole, York News Times, NE, 3 Sep 2004

Korea's Christina Kim's 62 and Sweden's Mikaela Parmlid's 64 lead field at State Farm Classic -- hot putters pouring in the birdies from all over, Springfield State Journal Record, IL, 3 Sep 2004

Corporate lawyer Chuck Munson explains how yoga helps his putting, Yoga Journal, 3 Sep 2004

Christina Kim takes lead in LPGA State Farm Classic with 24 putts and 16 GIRs in 11-birdie, 1-bogey round of 62, Korea Times, 3 Sep 2004

Paula Morton holes a 10-footer and wins a $125,000 condo / villa at Barefoot Resort plus a membership in contest at World Am Handicap Championship, Sun News, Myrtle Beach, SC, 3 Sep 2004

European Challenge Tour BA-CA Austrian Golf Open: SA's Johan Kok and England's Mark Sanders have marvelous days on lightning-fast greens -- holing lots of long putts -- Sanders changes style to emulate Els and Woods in release, iseekglf.com, Australia, 3 Sep 2004

Rules of Golf: When watching another player putt, you can't stand on the line or extension of line to get a read on your similar putt -- breaches Rule 14-2b, Bega District News, Australia, 3 Sep 2004

The ghost of Bernard Langer's 1991 Ryder Cup putt still haunts, Sportinglife, UK, 2 Sep 2004

Northern Ohio PGA Championship: Gary Robinson's 12-footer for tie on last hole tips in on last roll -- goes on to win playoff, Cleveland Plain Dealer, OH, 2 Sep 2004

Charity golf outing for Vision Resource Center to feature "blind putting" contest, Redding Record Searchlight, CA, 2 Sep 2004

Dave Pelz, Reading Breaking Putts -- double your read and add two inches, New York Newsday, 2 Sep 2004

Tampa's Woody Austin sees a change in his luck -- putting has always been his nemesis -- 175th in stats -- twice missed putts to win MCI playoff -- somehow putted well to win in Hartford (28.5 putts per round), St Petersburg Times, FL, 2 Sep 2004

Claw grip to the rescue: Bill Hansen at World Am Handicap Championship had 13 3-putt greens over holes 1-16 than tried claw on 17th and holed a 20-footer, Myrtle beach Sun News, SC, 2 Sep 2004

Dave Pelz at the Dupont World Amateur Handicap Championship -- studying how amateurs chip and putt, Myrtle Beach Sun News, SC, 2 Sep 2004

Woody Austin: "If you can't putt, it's a tough gig." -- Bernard Langer may not have realized Fredrik Jacobsen is 4th in putting on PGA Tour when he picked Luke Donald instead for Ryder Cup team, LA Times, CA, 2 Sep 2004

Brad Faxon 3-putted last two holes at Whistling Straits -- finished 13th, Boston Herald, MA, 2 Sep 2004

Skip Kendall uses the claw grip occasionally to make himself rock his shoulders properly and to "lock" his right wrist, Boston Herald, MA, 2 Sep 2004

Independent putter makers -- the source of innovation: Tim Durnin's Penneagle putters and the Oppositional Weight System, CNS Sportsline, 2 Sep 2004

Bob Smith, For better putting, place the putter 1/2 inch behind the ball and focus eyes on a single blade of grass during the stroke, Ventura County Star, CA, 1 Sep 2004

Cleveland Golf and Never Compromise putters on Tour, Communiqués de presse et salles de presse, 1 Sep 2004

Home Holes: Golf Landscapes of Chanhassen -- the backyard synthetic greens business, St. Paul Pioneer Press, MN, 1 Sep 2004

Paul Holtby, Die putts into cup to make cup larger, L.A. Daily News, CA, 1 Sep 2004

Connecticut PGA Championship: Kevin Giancola makes it into 4-man playoff but misses 3-footer to fall out -- Tom Gleeton survives with par when two others bogey, New Britain Herald, CT, 1 Sep 2004

What UNLV coach Dwaine Knight taught Chris Riley about putting: keep his head still, let his stroke go through the ball and not worry about the result, Golfweb, 1 Sep 2004

Prototype Odyssey putter helps Jill McGill get around with only 25 putts per round average over 1st 36 holes, Journal des Finances, 1 Sep 2004

Senior club team matches: 30-foot birdie putt ends key match on last hole as Athenry team defeats Strandhill golfers, Sligo Weekender, Ireland, 1 Sep 2004

Peter Jacobsen's putting comes apart in loss to Craig Stadler -- missed 4-footer on 16th -- "I hit six or seven putts today that looked like they were going in.", Register-Guard, OR, 31 Aug 2004

Never Compromise introduces Voodoo Daddy Putter, iseekgolf.com, Australia, 30 Aug 2004

Rhode Island GA Senior Am at Pawtucket CC: Lightning fast greens lead to many three-putts, Providence Journal, RI, 30 Aug 2004

2004 Wachovia LPGA Classic Hosted by Betsy King: Lorena Ochoa is a brilliant putter, iseekgolf.com, Australia, 30 Aug 2004

Manawatu native Tim Wilkinson gets a check on PGA Tour -- ranked third in putts per GIR for field with 26.5, Manawatu Standard, NZ, 30 Aug 2004

Footballer Gordon Smith's original-generation Ping putter on display -- avid golfer greatly admired Bobby Locke, Scotsman.com, UK, 30 Aug 2004

Left-handed golfers, GolfDigest.com, 30 Aug 2004

Reilley Rankin gets a putting tip from David Morland IV that helps her at LPGA event to T-27th finish, GolfDigest.com, 30 Aug 2004

Gleneagles Scottish PGA Championship: Chris Kelly forces playoff with 15-footer on 72nd hole but Craig Ronald answers with 20-footer on 2nd playoff hole to win, Glasgow Daily Record, UK, 29 Aug 2004

Peter Jacobsen at Jeld-Wen: "My focus was to drive the ball in the fairway and give myself chances for birdies, which I did. But I just didn't make the putts.", kgw.com, OR, 29 Aug 2004

Four Nealy sisters of Grants Pass have tradition of their own at Southern oregon Golf Tournament -- in 1995 semis Amanda Nealy drained a 90-foot bomb on last hole of match to force playoff, Mail Tribune, OR, 29 Aug 2004

Peter Jacobsen's poor putting lets in some company -- Vincente Fernandez finds the speed and rolls in the putts, Oregonian, OR, 29 Aug 2004

Aggressive Tom Kite charges into contention with new claw putting grip, Oregonian, OR, 29 Aug 2004

Fairfield native JJ Henry just makes the Buick cut -- putting troubles holding him back, Middletown Press, CT, 29 Aug 2004

York Newspaper Company Futures Golf Classic: Steph George wields hot putter and close approach play for career-best 65 in 9-birdie, 2-bogey round, Lebanon Daily News, PA, 29 Aug 2004

Chad Campbell takes off to watch NASCAR at bristol and wins a putting contest, Knoxville News, TN, 29 Aug 2004

PGA Tour rookie Zach Johnson hits all fairways and has seven one-putt greens in 65 round for share of 8-under lead at Buick after 2 rounds, Taipei Times, Taiwan, 28 Aug 2004

Ed Fiori's new Odyssey Two-ball putter on fire in field-lowest 65 round in Jeld-Wen -- five birdie putts in the 15-25 feet range, Columbian, WA, 28 Aug 2004

York College golfer Raul Cortes switches to belly putter -- "It's given me more stability because my wrists don't break down as much as they used to. If I read the greens right, it's going to go in.", York News Times, NE, 28 Aug 2004

Vincente Fernandez's putting wheels come off in 2nd round -- follows 27 putts Thursday with 32 Friday, including two three-putts, Oregon Live, OR, 28 Aug 2004

Tom Watson in putting woes turns to Ping Doc-17 putter -- a giant "waffle iron" or "snake killer" -- but still finds no success on greens, Oregon Live, OR, 28 Aug 2004

Justin Wileman at 12 is winning lots of events -- once DQ'd himself while in the lead due to wind moving his ball on the green after addressing the putt when he misinterpreted the rule and signed a wrong scorecard, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, TX, 28 Aug 2004

Kris Tschetter uses the claw grip to over come the yips -- takes only 21 putts for a 67 at Kutztown -- form has left hand on handle in normal way with right hand facing ground palm-down -- How it works: ''Basically, you are using your left side. You're putting with your left side. It took a while to get used to.", Allentown Morning Call, PA, 27 Aug 2004

Hilary Lunke gets putting in high gear -- six-birdie, no-bogey round of 66 for share of lead features putts of 20, 18, 18, 12 and 12 feet, Philadelphia Inquirer, PA, 27 Aug 2004

Brad Faxon takes 30 putts at Buick: "I thought I putted good. They just weren't going in. I had a lot of 10-, 15-, 20-footers that were close.", Providence Journal, RI, 27 Aug 2004

Sue Artis claims the Border Mail Shield with a closing 66 -- superb putting rescued round from two OB shots, Wodonga Border Mail, Australia, 27 Aug 2004

Henrik Nystrom credits belly putter for 64 and lead in Sweden's Skandia Open: “I think the main difference in the round today was the belly putter. I got it out of the basement the other day and decided to have a go because my putting has been really streaky recently with the short putter. My stroke is more consistent with the belly putter and it is closer to ground. After holing a 40 foot birdie putt on the 17th, I think it is safe to say that I will be using it tommorrow!", European Tour, 27 Aug 2004

Tommy Armour III's record low 254 at last year's Valero Texas Open built upon solid putting -- sank 49 of 51 putts inside 10 feet, Kerrville Daily Times, TX, 27 Aug 2004

Bill Murray is a darn good hacker -- drains 15-footers all the time, Record-Journal, CT, 26 Aug 2004

Northeast golfer Stephanie Conneley can make putts from anywhere -- Deft touch on the greens, Washington Post, DC, 25 Aug 2004

Coaching Timmy Driver: Years of swing tweaking and finally work on the putting yields low numbers and "no fear of either a low number or a name" -- left-hand low style to handle 'jumpy" right arm, Augusta Free Press, VA, 25 Aug 2004

Wilson Staff returns to claim premium status as clubmaker -- nine putters in line, CBS Sportsline, 25 Aug 2004

Ernie Els -- Three times on the 18th green putting could have made a big difference in Majors, Golf World, 25 Aug 2004

Stuart Appleby weighs in against the belly putter: "It's certainly not a stroke, what I would call a stroke or what the rules book would traditionally call a stroke." -- "I think the players that use them aren't any better than they were before.", Las Vegas Sun, NV, 25 Aug 2004

Stewart Cink and Dr Preston Waddington of Ft Lauderdale -- on the counch each Wednesday to change the fear of three-footers into simply excited nervousness -- from buzzards in the stomach back to just butterflies, Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, GA, 25 Aug 2004

Rescue club cuts thru the fringe grass so that the stroke feels like a putter stroke, Houston Chronicle, TX, 24 Aug 2004

Dryden's Chris Gardner rides hot putter to Junior Open title, Daily Miner and News, Canada, 24 Aug 2004

Catriona Matthew: Putting was key to my success in Ohio, Scotsman.com, UK, 24 Aug 2004

Monday qualifier for the Buick: Billy Downes' balky putter costs him a spot -- ballstriking pretty good -- says his putting will eventually come around, Journal Inquirer, CT, 24 Aug 2004

Vaughn Taylor wins in one playoff hole -- Steve Allan blows 2-shot lead on 18th hole missing 4-footer for double bogey to allow 4-man playoff -- Taylor got into playoff sinking 14-footer on 18th -- Scott McCarron missed 14-footer in playoff; Hunter Mahan missed 16-footer in playoff; Allan missed green; Taylor sank 11-foot birdie for win, Contra Coasta Times, CA, 23 Aug 2004

Stewart Cink's secret? Butch Harmon (tighter swing), belly putter (56 of 57 putts inside 9 feet), Dr Preston Waddington (therapist for accepting the self), and a Tiger off his stride, Cleveland Plain Dealer, OH, 23 Aug 2004

Phil Mickelson planning rest, then Ryder -- "I putted very poorly all week.", Cleveland Plain Dealer, OH, 23 Aug 2004

Commentary: Winged Foot treasure trove -- 1929 US Open and "Golf's greatest putt" -- After fumbling 6-shot headstart, Bobby Jones' 12-foot downhiller on 18th to tie Al Espinosa and then go on to win 36-hole playoff by 23 shots, Journal News, NY, 23 Aug 2004

Commentary: Winged Foot treasure trove -- 1984 US Open -- the "white towel" Open -- Greg Norman sank a 45-footer for par and Fuzzy Zoeller thought it was a birdie and waved towel -- Zoeller tied -- next day, Zoeller sank a 68-foot birdie on 2nd hole and Norman waved towel -- Zoeller won 18-hole playoff 67-75, Journal News, NY, 23 Aug 2004

Catriona Matthew defeats Hee-Won Han in playoff when Han misses short 5-foot comeback putt, Biloxi Sun Herald, MS, 23 Aug 2004

Doug Tewell uses Ping Anser putter borrowed from Walter Hall to win Greater Hickory Classic with only 22 putts -- "Walter is not going to get that putter back.", National Post, Canada, 23 Aug 2004

Champions Tour: Ready or not, Gary Player to try long putter -- "I do believe they should be banned because nerves are part of the game, yet because they haven't been banned, I'll try it.", Charlotte Observer, NC, 22 Aug 2004

NEC: Stewart Cink widens lead to 5 -- six straight one-putt greens (holes 2-7) -- working on wire-to-wire win, Spokane Daily Journal - St. Francois County, WA, 22 Aug 2004

Reno-Tahoe Open: Roland Thatcher, who had four three-putt bogeys, fell three strokes behind Vaughn Taylor with four holes remaining at Montreux Golf and Country Club but rallied with three birdies on final three holes for one-stroke lead, Charleston Post & Courier, SC, 22 Aug 2004

Champions Tour Greater Hickory Classic: Bruce Fleisher hits 14 fairways and uses only 26 putts to take 3-stroke lead with event-lowest 65 -- Mark Lye fades with 72 -- Fleisher's record is 12 for 15 wins entering final round with lead, Chicago Daily Southtown, IL, 22 Aug 2004

US Am: Ryan Moore reaches finals with stellar putting -- Jeff Overton credits Moore's flatstick: "He made every (putt) he looked at, basically. He probably made 10 putts from 8 to 12 feet, along with a 30-footer. If you can putt like that out here on these greens, you deserve to win.", Las Vegas Review Journal, NV, 22 Aug 2004

NEC: Luke Donald hoping for Ryder Cup bid from Bernhard Langer -- sinks four birdie putts in 20-30 range for round of 65, Cleveland Plain dealer, OH, 22 Aug 2004

Putt-fest at Alberta Classic -- David Hearn makes putts he shouldn't have made, including a 50-foooter -- flatstick sends him to the front -- Nick Watney just 3 back after sinking four putts outside 30 feet for 66, Calgary Sun, Canada, 22 Aug 2004

US Am: Luke List edges out Chris Nallen -- Nallen sinks 40-footer on last hole to extend match, but List wins next hole, Journal News, NY, 22 Aug 2004

Tight Lies player Brad Weesner's work with Miami swing coach Marshall Smith helps him find the fairways but his putting holds him back -- too many three-putts to be a winner, Joplin Globe, MO, 22 Aug 2004

Reno-Tahoe Open round 2: Scott McCarron finishes strong -- birdie putts of 10, 17, and 24 feet -- Mark Calcavecchia blows lead with 4-putt and other bogey holes and now hovers at cut line, Monterey County Herald, CA, 21 Aug 2004

NEC round 2: Vijay Singh not playing well -- misses 2 par putts inside 3 feet, Porterville Recorder, 21 Aug 2004

US Am: Mamroneck local favorite Andrew Svoboda putts poorly and drops match to IU's Jeff Overton despite raucous crowds cheering him on -- misses very familiar 5-footer and putts poorly, NY Newsday, NY, 21 Aug 2004

NEC: Stewart Cink leaving an old-school mark -- why he uses a plastic marker instead of a coin to mark his ball on the green, Cleveland Plain Dealer, OH, 21 Aug 2004

Renoe-Tahoe Open round 2: Vaughn Taylor sinking long putts in his rookie season -- 32, 22, 13, and 15 footers help him to lead, Cleveland Plain Dealer, OH, 21 Aug 2004

LPGA Wendy's: Michelle Wie playing pretty well in rain at 2-under for event 7 back -- good momentum interrupted coming in with two three-putts from 40 feet on 14th and 16th holes, Cleveland Plain Dealer, OH, 21 Aug 2004

NEC round 2: Charles Howell III hangs near the top at 2-under with 5 birdies and 2 bogeys -- dropped putts of 22, 6, 17, and 7 feet, Cleveland Plain Dealer, OH, 21 Aug 2004

NEC round 1: Tiger Woods has two bogeys before suspension and returns to 18th and misses a 3-foot putt and slings his putter at his bag, Daily Record, UK, 21 Aug 2004

US Am: Masterful putting puts Ryan Moore in the semifinals -- "I hit some really solid putts all the way around. Short putts, long putts, my speed control was great. I feel really comfortable with my putter now, and in match play that's what you have to do, Tacoma Tribune News, WA, 21 Aug 2004

Royal Challenge Indian Golf Tour: Manav Das comes back strongly to take title at Bangalore GC after leader misses a two-foot tap-in putt on last hole to fall into playoff -- Manav Das wins playoff with par to opponent's bogey, Dehli newsline, India, 21 Aug 2004

US Am: Stamford native and 4-time Mamroneck club chance putts horribly in front of home crowd to drop match to IU's Jeff Overton -- misses very familiar 5-footer and 8-footer at end -- "It came down to I simply didn't get it done on the greens. I putted horribly." Greenwich Times, CT, 21 Aug 2004

Reno-Tahoe Open: Michael Allen close at 7-under 3 back -- “I was pretty consistent overall. I started putting a little better with the long putter. I missed a few putts coming in, but overall it was pretty solid.”, Reno Gazette-Journal, NV, 21 Aug 2004

Champions Tour Greater Hickory Classic: Golf Channel's Mark Lye takes putting lesson from Frank Nobilo and gets lead with only 26 putts -- more agressive and more comfortable, Charlotte Observer, NC, 21 Aug 2004

Champions Tour Greater Hickory Classic: Mark Lye credits Frank Nobilo putting tip with sinks from 10, 8, 20, 10, 10, 2 feet in round of 66 with 26 putts -- more aggressive, not aiming to die putts over lip, Winston-Salem Journal, NC, 21 Aug 2004

US Am: Hackettstown's Chris Nallen destroying opponents as he advances into semifinals -- nothing stupid, keeping ball below the hole to avoid treacherous downhill putts -- finishes off his matches early and then scouts final holes in case he ever has to play them, Newark Star-ledger, NJ, 21 Aug 2004

US Am: Evansville native Jeff Overton ousts Mamronenck champ and local favoritie Andrew Svoboda to reach semifinals -- "It was a day I wasn't at my best putting or with my irons, but I was still able to win.", Evansville Courier Press, IN, 21 Aug 2004

NEC: John Daly at even par -- "I shot 1-under today and feel like I shot 80. I missed an awful lot of very makable putts inside of 15 feet.", Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, PA, 21 Aug 2004

NEC: Rod Pampling's putter runs hot to keep him in the hunt 3 back -- ''I'm making some nice putts, so that's what's keeping me up there, making putts longer than I normally do.", The Age, Australia, 21 Aug 2004

Nationwide Tour Alberta Classic: Canadian Tour player David Hearn shares second-round lead after sizzling 65 -- made every putt he looked at with hole as big as a bucket, CBS Sportsline, 20 Aug 2004

Asia Tour: Thailand's Thammanoon Srirot topped the halfway leaderboard in the Tianjin TEDA Open -- putter running hot and cold -- missed four inside 8 feet but sank birdie putts of 30, 25, and 25 feet, Daily Times, Pakistan, 20 Aug 2004

NEC: Tiger Woods misses 8-footers on 16th and 17th before play suspended and then returns to miss a 4-footer on 18th -- slings putter in disgust, Xposed, 20 Aug 2004

New Hampshire PGA: Abenaqui CC pro Jim Sheerin wins by 3 --uses only 28 putts in first-round 67, Hampton Union, NH, 20 Aug 2001

NEC: Phil Mickelson misses a slew of putts inside 10 feet, In-Forum, ND, 20 Aug 2004

Michelle Wie three-putted from 15 feet on the final hole of US Am match to lose but she is undaunted in her pursuit of big-time victories, Cleveland Plain Dealer, OH, 19 Aug 2004

Ernie Els focuses on fixing his putting -- "I've had to learn some tough lessons in major championships this year. If you don't hole putts, you can't expect to win.", Globe and Mail, Canada, 19 Aug 2004

Every golfer's dream - even three-putting six greens doesn't spoil the experience for Dave Rowson -- invited by member to play Augusta National a few days after conclusion of the Masters, Gloucester County Times, Newark Star-Ledger, NJ, 19 Aug 2004

US Am: NCAA champ Ryan Moore gets past first match 4 and 2 -- "I hit some real good long irons to 15 and 20 feet and didn't make any of those, really. The ball-striking was pretty solid, I just have to get the putter rolling a little bit better.", Tacoma Tribune, WA, 19 Aug 2004

Paul J. Schneider, the voice of the Denver Broncos, talks golf -- What's the most frustrating part of golf? "Putting. I can't putt. If I could putt, I could be a pretty good player.", Idaho Statesman, 19 Aug 2004

US Am: Local Andrew Svoboda wins match over Matt Kodama -- turning point Kodama's three-putt from 3 feet, Stamford Advocate, CT, 19 Aug 2004

New England PGA: Ron Philo Jr. misses cut at Whistling Straits then takes NEPGA by 5 -- on cruise control with only three bogeys for 10-under 206 -- three-putt on final hole didn't matter, Boston Globe, MA, 19 Aug 2004

US Am: Lakewood Ranch HS's Seath Lauer misses match-play cut -- 5 three-putt greens in rainy first round -- DLGA's Trent Leon comes close but misses cut by a stroke, Bradenton Herald, FL, 19 Aug 2004

PGA: Adam Scott: "My ball-striking was awesome. I just didn't get my share of putts.", Queensland Sunday Mail, Australia, 19 Aug 2004

US Am: Hackettstown's Chris Nallen the last Jerseyan standing -- wins match 7 and 6 -- "I got off to a little shaky start but my putter kept me in it.", Newark Star-ledger, NJ, 19 Aug 2004

US Am: Georgia dogfight at Mamaroneck -- Savannah Christian HS's Brian Harman catches Georgia Southern's Aron Price but loses on first extra hole when he misses 5-footer for bogey, Savannah Morning News, GA, 19 Aug 2004

Tiger Woods: "I haven't been hitting the ball as close to the flag and consequently not making so many putts.", Guardian Unlimited, UK, 19 Aug 2004

Reno-Tahoe Open: At Lake Tahoe mountain course, optical illusions make putts tricky to read, KESQ NewsChannel 3 Palm Springs, CA, 19 Aug 2004

Marshall U Thundering Herd golfer Shawn Warren wins Charlie's Maine Open playoff with a 25-foot birdie putt, Herdzone.com, WV, 19 Aug 2004

Value club manufacturers offer budget-priced clubs, CBS Sportsline, 18 Aug 2004

Nationwide Tour: Tyler Williamson narrowly missed becoming the third Nationwide Tour player in history to shoot 59 in last week's final round at the Price Cutter Charity Championship. Williamson posted a 60 after missing a 3-foot eagle putt on the 11th hole, CBS Sportsline, 18 Aug 2004

Fulton County Men's Golf Tournament championship flight goes 3 extra holes -- Justin White emerges winner over Steve Widger and Larry Scarcliff -- Scarcliff 3-putts 18th in regulation to allow playoff, Canton Daily Ledger, OH, 18 Aug 2004

Callaway CEO Ron Drapeau resigns -- former Odyssey putter head inherited top spot on death of Ely Callaway but hit recent rough spots in market -- longtime advocate of "bifurcated" rules of golf -- one set for pros, another for amateurs, Score Golf, Canada, 18 Aug 2004

Lee Trevino: "The first sign a guy is choking is when he looks up too early on a putt. He'll decelerate and miss to the right. When your opponent does that, you've got him.", GolfDigest.com, 18 Aug 2004

Reno-Tahoe Open: Tehama pro Rick Leibovich rolling his putts well these days with belly putter -- trying his game with pros -- Montreaux greens confusing to read, Monterey County Herald, CA, 18 Aug 2004

NEC: Defender Darren Clarke at Firestone's practice green -- hitting putts 10 feet by the hole -- "The greens are a lot quicker than they were last week at Whistling Straits. I'll get used to it, and hopefully it will be a good week. ", Cleveland Plain Dealer, OH, 18 Aug 2004

Getting the greens up to speed for tournament play a science of its own, Salem Statesman Journal, OR, 18 Aug 2004

Ryder Cup: Ryder course planner Keith Haigh: "The [Oakland Hills] greens are some of the most difficult and challenging greens in championship golf. So I think that is why Hal [Sutton] has placed so much importance on the putting.", Detroit Free Press, MI, 18 Aug 2004

US Am: Indiana U's Jeff Overton survives bad start to advance to match play -- 4-putts 1st hole of second round -- also had 2 three-putts in 1st round, Evansville Courier Press, IN, 18 Aug 2004

Rhode Island GA Stroke Play Championship: URI's Mike McCampbell leads with 3-under 68 with 16 GIRs despite poor putting -- missed from 3 and 7 feet on last two holes and missed a 5-footer for par -- no birdies made outside 8 feet -- working with swing coach RICC's Kelly Phelps, Providence Journal, RI, 18 Aug 2004

Champions Tour Hickory Rock Barn Classic: Joe Inman set course record last year with 9-under 63 -- only 22 putts, Winston-Salem Journal, NC, 17 Aug 2004

Amardeep Singh Malik leads at Royal Challenge golf on New Delhi's Bangalore GC -- bad start with a silly missed 1-foot putt on 1st hole, India Express, 17 Aug 2004

Jonathan Kaye: 27th in GIRs but only 123rd in putts per GIR -- needs work on the practice green, Cleveland Plain Dealer, OH, 17 Aug 2004

Vijay Singh 3rd in scoring average but only 128th in total putts per round, Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, NY, 17 Aug 2004

WGC NEC fixed odds betting -- favor the better putters at Firestone -- greens usually slick, readaBet.com, UK, 17 Aug 2004

NEC course gains speed -- bentgrass greens mowed to 1/10th inch stimping 12 -- double-cutting adds 6 inches to Stimp, rolling adds 1 foot -- greens will peak at 13 and then decline to normal over the following week, Akron Beacon Journal, OH, 17 Aug 2004

82nd Municipal Golf Tournament: Change in putting style brings victory for Sean Lancaster -- abandoned cross-hand for conventional grip at last minute -- only 27 putts in round of 68, Winnipeg Sun, Canada, 17 Aug 2004

US Am: Indiana U's Jeff Overton's opening 73 not too bad -- greens soft from rain but putting fast -- made none of the 5 putts he faced inside 15 feet, Evansville Courier & Press, In, 17 Aug 2004

US Am: Greens soaked from rain -- BYU junior Oscar Alvarez leads by 3 with 3-under 67 -- hit 17 GIRs, no 3-putts, New York Post, 17 Aug 2004

Vijay Singh's Dave Renwick at 51 has three PGA Championships and two Masters as caddie, Herald, UK, 17 Aug 2004

Wales Ladies Open at Royal Porthcawl: Trish Johnson overcomes four-shot deficit to win with final 65 -- credits Alison Nicolas's putting lesson: "Alison gave me a two-hour putting lesson in Sweden last week, and it worked wonders. I putted lovely today.", icWales, UK, 17 Aug 2004

City Amateur: Young gun Eddie Olson roars from 5 back with a closing 64 to take title -- "The way he putts is amazing.", Santa Cruz Sentinel, CA, 17 Aug 2004

Putting Guru Geoff Mangum Applauds Performance of Mitchell Golf Brass Cup Putter, The Wire, 16 Aug 2004

Gauge Design Golf Introduces The New 5th Year Anniversary Putter, The Wire, 16 Aug 2004

Heavy PutterT Earns Two Top Tens Over Three Week Period on Nationwide Tour, The Wire, 16 Aug 2004

Justin Leonard: "I think what ultimately cost me the tournament was my putting, and I missed about four putts inside 10 feet on the back nine. It's pretty hard to win a golf tournament, much less a major, when you do something like that.", Cleveland Plain Dealer, OH, 16 Aug 2004

"Putt a Mess!" -- Vijay Singh wins despite awful putting with 34 putts -- Justin Leonard gags missing putts of 5, 7, 10, and 4 feet on last holes to win -- Chris DiMarco chokes on 15-footer for win -- Ernie Els and Chris Riley 3-jack 18th hole to miss playoff, Bradenton Herald, FL, 16 Aug 2004

Tiger Woods: Putting my biggest problem, Chicago Tribune, IL, 16 Aug 2004

Golf Psych Gio Valiente's phone talk more than just psycho bable to Chris DiMarco -- helps him bigtime earn a Ryder Cup berth, San Luis Obispo Tribune, CA, 16 Aug 2004

Vijay Singh putts like a dog, but Justin Leonard putted even worse -- missed 6 putts inside 12 feet coming in, 3 of them inside 5 feet, Sarasota Hearld Tribune, FL, 16 Aug 2004

Vijay Singh wins PGA playoff: "Coming back from a belly putter and winning two in a row, I never thought at any stage that I was going to come back and putt so well so quickly and win golf tournaments.", White Plains Journal News, NY, 16 Aug 2004

Inconsistent short game abandons Stephen Ames on the back nine, Winnipeg Sun, Canada, 16 Aug 2004

Brad Faxon flashes championship form before fading back with 3-putts on 17th and 18th holes, Boston Herald, MA, 16 Aug 2004

Ernie Els 3-putts from 80 feet on 18th to miss playoff by one -- fourth near miss -- Tiger Woods: "I putted just as bad today as I did the first day. It's not good when a putter feels like a sledgehammer in your hands." San Jose Mercury News, CA, 16 Aug 2004

Phil Mickelson fades early and misses late opportunity with putter to join playoff, Ocala Star-Banner, FL, 16 Aug 2004

Nationwide Tour: Dave Stockton Jr. follows in dad's footsteps -- had a lot of lip outs in final round, but he continues his pursuit of return to PGA Tour ranks, Springfield News-leader, MO, 16 Aug 2004
 
 

US Women's Amateur Championship: Short game fails Amanda McCurdy in the end, Erie Times-News, PA, 16 Aug 2004

US Women's Amateur Championship: Steady Jane Park disassembles Amanda McCurdy with putting and chipping as McCurdy misses half a dozen putts in 6-12 foot range -- Park sank birdies from 10, 4, and 14 feet and chipped in from 20 coming down the stretch as McCurdy racked up the misses, Erie Times-News, PA, 16 Aug 2004

A Look Back: 2001 NEC Invitational: Jim Furyk missed three birdie putts to end seven-hole playoff before losing to Tiger Woods, Akron Beacon Journal, OH, 16 Aug 2004

Winnebago County Amamteur: Dan Gratton wins in style -- shoots 31 on back for 66 for 5-stroke margin and caps win with a 40-foot birdie on 18th, Rockford Register, IL, 16 Aug 2004

NGA Hooters Tour: Will MacKenzie wins by 3 after shooting front-side 30 two days in a row -- Tee Mccabe gets within 2 but made no putts coming in -- Bubba Dickerson led first three days but couldn't buy a putt on Sunday -- 35 putts in last round, 37 day before, Joplin Globe, MO, 16 Aug 2004

US Women's Amateur: NCAA champ Sarah Huarte's putter lets her down in match against Jane Park while leading 2-up with 5 holes left -- Huarte 3-putts from 8-feet on 16th followed by a 3-putt from 8 feet on 18th to lose 1-up, Erie Times-News, PA, 15 Aug 2004

PGA Championship round 3: Briny Baird's odd leaning-onto-left-foot putting setup challanges his balance so he won't sway in the stroke, Buffalo News, NY, 15 Aug 2004

PGA Championship round 3: Vijay Singh: "Thank God for the little putter of mine [25 putts]. It kept me in play. I guess that's what it takes.", Cleveland Plain Dealer (subscription), OH, 15 Aug 2004

PGA Championship round 3: Vijay Singh takes lead into final round -- Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson have sputtering putters on back nine -- Els missing four birdies, Mickelson 3-putting 11th and missing birdies, MILive.com, MI, 15 Aug 2004

PGA Championship round 3: Vijay Singh: "I have a putting device that I practice on, to make sure the putter goes straight back and through, and that helps me a lot. I putted maybe two hours a day on that device, so I made sure my stroke was always the same, and could repeat itself.", San Francisco Chronicle, CA, 15 Aug 2004

PGA Championship round 3: Arron Oberholser is leader in GIRs and Fairways, but 70th of 73 in Putts -- only good for 35th place so far, San Francisco Chronicle, CA, 15 Aug 2004

PGA Championship round 3: Phil Mickelson's hot font-nine putter runs out of gas on back nine with 3-putt 11th and lip-out from 5 feet on the 14th and missed birdie on 15th, Chicago Sun Times, IL, 15 Aug 2004

PGA Championship round 3: Stephen Ame's 69: "Overall, I was very happy with the way I putted and played.", Ottawa Sun, Canada, 15 Aug 2004

PGA Championship round 3: Chris Riley making Ryder Cup bid with 69 -- only 23 putts for 3rd in field stats -- bombs away: 45-foot birdie on 1st, a 30-foot birdie on 16th, and a 40-foot birdie at 17th, San Diego Union Tribune, CA, 15 Aug 2004

PGA Championship round 3: Briny Baird fades after triple-bogey six on par-3 17th -- 2 out of the greenside bunker and a 3-putt -- now 7 back of Singh, St Petersburg Times, FL, 15 Aug 2004

PGA Championship round 3: Tiger Woods unravels after photographer incident -- misses lots of makeable putts from 8th to 18th, including 3-putt from 35 feet -- on 15th starts backhanding in his remaining par putts, MSNBC, 15 Aug 2004

PGA Championship round 3: Tiger Woods sputtering along -- 30 putts Saturday, 28 Friday, 32 Thursday -- diagnosis: "I think it's just a lot of mechanics. At Augusta, I knew what I was doing (wrong), I just couldn't fix it. I fixed it on that Sunday, but it was too late. At the British Open, I putted decent. At the U.S. Open, I putted decent." Star Ledger, NJ, 15 Aug 2004

PGA Championship round 3: Phil Mickelson: "Every putt out here outside of 15 feet seems to have a bit of a double break to it, so I spent a lot of time on the putting green from about that distance. That's where a realistic birdie chance is going to be.", San Jose Mercury News, CA, 15 Aug 2004

Nationwide Tour: Brad Ott leads by 2: "I'm letting the putter do the talking this week. I started feeling comfortable with it this morning on the practice green. It is kind of making its way into my heart.", Herald News, MA, 15 Aug 2004

Dave Pelz sinks long putt -- 207 feet uphill from front to back, Atlanta Journal Constitution, 15 Aug 2004

Mike Colandro recalls the 1992 Palmeadows Cup in Australia: missed a short putt, bent his putter over his knee, and THEN putted out on television with the bent putter to get DQ'd, New Britain Herald, CT, 15 Aug 2004

PGA Championship round 2: Stephen Ames' putter a bit shaky -- 3-putt from 8 feet -- but ball-striking better than recently, Globe and Mail, Canada, 14 Aug 2004

PGA Championship round 2: Sergio Garcia misses a 4-foot putt on final hole to miss the cut by a stroke, St. Paul Pioneer Press, MN, 14 Aug 2004

PGA Championship round 2: Co-leader Vijay Singh in the swing since reverting from belly putter back to conventional putter -- "You know, I just enjoy putting now.", St. Paul Pioneer Press, MN, 14 Aug 2004

PGA Championship round 2: Phil Mickelson three-putts twice coming in as putter chills -- not a good day with the putter, Akron Beacon Journal, OH, 14 Aug 2004

PGA Championship round 1: Tiger Woods' opening round -- putted so poorly he didn't even scare par, Detroit News, MI, 13 Aug 2004

PGA Championship round 2: Phil Mickelson uses 32 putts with his not-so-magic putter -- made nothing over an 8-hole stretch, Boston Herald, MA, 14 Aug 2004

PGA Championship round 2: Phil Mickelson takes 19 putts over final 9 holes -- "I think that I could just feel the putter getting a little cold. I started a couple off line, which I haven't done in a long time I was very tentative and just missed a bunch of putts.", San Fracisco Chronicle, CA, 14 Aug 2004

PGA Championship round 2: Phil Mickelson fades thanks to putter, St Petersburg Times, FL, 14 Aug 2004

PGA Championship round 2: Paul McGinley suffers three 3-putts and is glad to shoot 74, Irish Examiner, 14 Aug 2004

Hoggard: 'Lengthy' discussions beginning to mount over putters, Golfweek, 14 Aug 2004

A Look Back: 1999 NEC Invitational at Firestone: Tiger Woods shoots 62 Saturday to start final round with 5-shot lead and 7 strokes on Phil Mickelson -- Mickelson nearly catches him, but Woods sinks a 15-foot birdie on 17th to win by one, Akron Beacon Journal, OH, 14 Aug 2004

Wales Ladies Open: Three co-leaders: Swede Asa Gottmo: 26 putts -- Swede Cecilia Eklundh's 1st round 17 GIRs and 37 putts left her at 2-under and in 2nd round she putted worse and scored 68 -- Dane Karen-Margrethe Juul goes with broomstick, iseekgolf.com, Australia, 13 Aug 2004

PGA Championship round 1: Tiger Woods with 32 putts: "I have to putt better.", USATODAY.com, 13 Aug 2004

PGA Championship round 1: Tiger Woods: "I didn't hit the ball that poorly, but I sure putted badly. All of the short putts I missed, and I just putted atrociously.", Bedford Times-Mail, IN, 13 Aug 2004

PGA Championship round 1: Colin Montgomerie misses putts on back nine to fade to 1-over, Galsgow Evening Times, UK, 13 Aug 2004

PGA Championship round 1: Darren Clarke takes 1-stroke lead with only 25 putts -- makes five from at least 12 feet, Buffalo News, NY, 13 Aug 2004

PGA Championship round 1: Course plays like a walk in the park -- Darren Clarke's nine birdies came on putts of 12, 3, 18, 12, 20, 15, 2, 6 and 5 feet, Star-ledger, NJ, 13 Aug 2004

PGA Championship round 1: Ernie Els shoots 66 to stay in the PGA hunt -- Just 27 putts -- "My putter came around. I made some putts from inside of eight feet.", Hindustan Times, India, 13 Aug 2004

PGA Championship round 1: Brendan Pappas putting poorly with 33 putts -- "Eight shots right there. Mostly it's tension in the arms. That tension is our biggest enemy. That creates too much speed with the shoulders.", Ocala Star-Banner, FL, 13 Aug 2004

PGA Championship round 1: Darren Clarke works with Stan Utley: "I initially wanted to see him to try and hole some more putts and we worked very hard on that, but he has changed my chipping action quite a bit and it has definitely helped.", Scotsman.com, UK, 13 Aug 2004

PGA Championship round 1: Tiger Woods puts blame on his "atrocious" putting for opening 75, San Diego Union Tribune, CA, 13 Aug 2004

PGA Championship round 1: With 32 putts, 105 players putted better than Tiger Woods, San Francisco Chronicle, CA, 13 Aug 2004

PGA Championship round 1: Country Club of Vermont DOG Ron Philo misses 8-incher en route to opening 76, Boston Herald, MA, 13 Aug 2004

US Women's Amateur Championship: Paula Creamer's smooth putting has her well poised for win after quarterfinals -- no more struggling with speed on lag putts -- now automatic, Erie Times-News, PA, 14 Aug 2004

US Women's Amateur Championship: Final putt costs Michelle Wie in early loss to In-Bee Park -- 3-putts from 15 feet, Eugene Register-Guard, OR, 13 Aug 2004

US Women's Amateur Championship: Paula Creamer defeats Michelle Wie -- student at David Leadbetter Golf Academy in Bradenton confident about her putting -- "I'm putting a lot better, I have a lot more confidence in that.", Sarasota Herald Tribune, FL, 13 Aug 2004

Nationwide Tour: Brad Ott gets his putter rolling to take one-shot lead after 2 rounds -- "I'm making a lot of 15 and 20 footers this week.", PGATour.com, 13 Aug 2004

PGA Championship round 1: Mike Weir hit 14 of 18 GIRs but couldn't make a putt -- "I lipped it out six, seven, eight times.", Ottawa Citizen, Canada, 13 Aug 2004

PGA Championship round 1: There's a word for Tiger Woods' putting: bad, Orlando Sentinel, FL, 12 Aug 2004

PGA Championship round 1: Vijay Singh's 66 -- 14 GIRs and only 27 putts, Pittsburg Morning Sun, KS, 12 Aug 2004

Rhode Island GA Junior Championship: Brad Valois swings left-handed but putts right-handed -- Matt broome patterns his game after Brad Faxon and has a tremendous short game, Providence Journal, RI, 12 Aug 2004

Wales Ladies Open: Laura Davies takes lead despite two 3-putts, ic Wales, UK, 12 Aug 2004

State Farm Collegiate, junior division: Contender Chase Wood broke his putter over his head on the ninth green, but he continued to use the broken club -- DQ'd while standing 2nd, Dallas News, TX, 12 Aug 2004

Swing Things: Golf training gadgets -- the business of helping -- Dr gary Wiren and his Golf Around the World, Eugene Register-Guard, OR, 12 Aug 2004

Cheaters beware: new rules in place for 2004 -- including rule removal of loose impediments on or off the green, Hillsboro Argus, OR, 12 Aug 2004

Woods Back Where He Started His Career -- "I haven't been hitting the ball quite as close to the flags. I haven't been making as many putts [as back in 2000]." XPosed.com, 11 Aug 2004

Ryder Cup candidates: Stewart Cink still number 1 in putting on PGA Tour with a belly putter, The Ledger, FL, 11 Aug 2004

Jeff Sluman riding high(er) with belly putter after seven events -- "It's going to take a while to get comfortable with the belly putter.", Chicago Sun Times, IL, 11 Aug 2004

Springfield Republican Junior Golf Tournament, Girls 13-14: Leader Laura Monty takes lead by keeping putts short -- Boys 17-18: Neil Daigneault's putting is on -- takes lead with 25-foot birdie on 15th hole -- His week: 18th birthday Monday, first hole-in-one Tuesday, Tournament leader Wednesday, MassLive, MA, 11 Aug 2004

Lorie Kane: Keep the putter low, Toronto Star, Canada, 11 Aug 2004

A look back: 1996 World Series of Golf at Firestone: Phil Mickelson almost blows big lead but gets an 18-inch birdie to close the deal - 4th win this year, Akron Beacon Journal (subscription), OH, 11 Aug 2004

US Women's Amateur stroke play qualification for match play: Michelle Wie stumbles to 78 but still advances -- UCLA freshman Amie Cochron medals: if only she could chip and putt ..., Canton Repository (subscription), OH, 11 Aug 2004

Bangalore Eagleton Amateur Golf Championship: Simarjeet Singh, Jaskeerat Singh take top honours in opening round with 6-under 66s -- Simarjeet: 8 birdies and 2 bogeys with crucial putts including 20-footer downhill -- Jaskeerat: 6 birdies, straight, no chaser, Express India, 10 Aug 2004

Astros pitcher / manager Larry Dierker sports a 30-year-old Ray Cook putter, Houston Chronicle, TX, 10 Aug 2004

Chad Campbell: great ballstriker, indifferent putter -- putting not improving -- sinks from 69th last year in putts per GIR (1.768) to this year's 103rd (1.786) -- changed putters and added a few degrees of loft but nothing else different, DetNews.com, MI, 10 Aug 2004

Mike Weir at Whistling Straits: Preparation is the enemy of anxiety -- walked the course with just a putter to look at the framing of the holes and to get a read on the greens -- more relaxed now about playing the Majors, The Globe and Mail, Canada, 10 Aug 2004

Upbeat Woods looks back: 4-at-once Grand Slam from 1999 PGA Championship thru 2001 Masters: "That was probably the best stretch I've ever had in my life putting-wise. At Pebble Beach (for the 2000 US Open), I didn't miss one putt from inside 10 feet and it was about the same at the British Open.", ABC Online, Australia, 10 Aug 2004

Gulf States PGA Junior Tour: Jarrett Marchand second at Junior Tour Championship, earns POY honors -- made everything yesterday in best-ever round of 68, made nothing today in unspectacular 1-over 72, Gonzales Ascension Citizen, LA, 10 Aug 2004

Jay Haas feels positive about putting, Ryder Cup chances -- getting back into rhythm of just looking at the putt and letting it go -- not lingering, CBS Sportsline, 10 Aug 2004

PGA Tour: Patrick Sheehan has longest streak without a 3-putt at 256 holes - highest number of sinks from outside 25 feet this year at 36, 11 more than number 2 - Champions Tour's Gil Morgan even better - no 3-putt in 330 holes, CBSSportsline, 10 Aug 2004

2004 Tyngsboro Junior City Championship: Mike McCann (18) and James Gaffney (15) both sank key putts in their sudden-death holes win division championships, Lowell Sun, MA, 10 Aug 2004

US Women's Amateur stroke play qualifying for match play: Spain's Tania Elosegui leads medal play with 68 -- five birdie putts inside 10 feet, Lodinews.com Sports, 10 Aug 2004

Jamie Farr Classic notebook: Greens were getting a little glassy at the end -- firm and dry and slick as glass, Toledo Blade, OH, 10 Aug 2004

Callaway Week's Report, CompanynewsGroup (Communiques de presse), Belgium, 10 Aug 2004

A Look Back: 1995 NEC World Series of Golf at Firestone: Greg Norman bests Billy Mayfair and Nick price by chipping in on 1st playoff hole -- Mayfair blew 2-shot lead with 5 to play by bogeying 15, 16, and 17, and missed 8-footer to win on 18 -- Norman accuses Mark McCumber of illegal tamping down of green on line, McCumber says he was removing a bug, Akron Beacon Journal, OH, 10 Aug 2004

Todd Mitchell eyes historic third straight Illinois Am crown -- while balky putter knocked him out of US Am qualifying, improved putting in Bloomington-Normal victory this week has him hunting history, Bloomington Pantagraph, IL, 10 Aug 2004

International at Castle Pines: Rod Pampling win caps golden year -- 20-foot eagle putt from the fringe on 17th won the day, Seven.com.au, Australia, 9 Aug 2004

International at Castle Pines: International luster loses its brilliance -- champ three-putts twice and still wins -- time to revamp the field, Denver Post, CO, 9 Aug 2004

International at Castle Pines: Chris DiMarco bedeviled by bogeys -- final two days, hit fewer greens, hit more putts -- After needing only 49 putts in the first 36 holes in racing to his big lead, he totaled 62 on Saturday and Sunday, Rocky Mountain News 9 Aug 2004

3M CHampionship: Mr Positive Tom Kite two-putts 18th from 68 feet while Mr Negative Craig Stadler rams a 14-foot eagle try 4-feet by -- Stadler: "The putter was good today; I just misread every putt I had, including the last one," Stadler said. "I made everything on Friday (during a first-round 64) and nothing the last two days.", Pioneer Press, MN, 9 Aug 2004
 
Jamie Farr Classic: Meg Mallon Wins With Final-Hole Birdie -- Karen Stupples and Se Ri Pak miss tying birdie tries on last hole, The Ledger, FL, 9 Aug 2004
 
HP Open in Stockholm: Annika Sorenstam roars from behind with course-record 64 to win in front of home crowd in 100 degree heat -- four birdies and two eagles, including a 25-foot birdie and a 13-foot eagle, ic Wales, UK, 9 Aug 2004
 
From Darren Clarke, "missed putts" sounds like an excuse for untidy play, Belfast Telegraph (subscription), UK, 9 Aug 2004
 
 

De Vere PGA Seniors Championship: Carl Mason holds his nerve to secure seventh triumph in two-hole playoff with Jim Rhodes and Seiji Ebihara -- Rhodes missed a 3-footer on last hole to win in regulation, ic NorthWales, UK, 9 Aug 2004

Bethlehem Golf Club Medal Play Championship: Jeff Hudson rides excellent putting to 3-shot victory -- final round 28 total putt, 9 one-putt greens, and only one 3-putt for 36 holes, Penn Live, PA, 9 Aug 2004

Arlington City Championship: John Bearrie III wins by 9 shots with a 62 -- only 24 putts and 12 one-putt greens in six-birdies, two-eagles round -- "The hole's as big as a bucket.", Fort Worth Star Telegram (subscription), TX, 9 Aug 2004

Mississippi Gulf Coast Golf Association junior tournament, 17-18: Gulfport's Austin Price putts into top spot, Biloxi Sun Herald, MS, 9 Aug 2004

Bloomington-Normal medal Play Tournament: Todd Mitchell coasts to second title -- "I didn't 3-putt a whole lot, but I made some good 6-, 7-, 8-footers. When those start dropping and go in the middle, I feel a lot better about it.", Bloomington Pantagraph,

Akron DGA Championship: Kurt Peterson wins by one -- credits ballstriking coach Greg Matthus -- four-hole birdie run with putts from 3, 4, 30, and 12 feet, then a fifth from 12 feet -- 5 birdies, 3 bogeys 71 round, Akron Beacon Journal (subscription), OH,

A Look Back: 1994 NEC World Series of Golf at Firestone: Jose Maria Olazabal wins for second time in four years with a 67 in the rain on North Course -- The tournament was moved from the South Course to the North Course because there had been damage to th

Costa Mesa City Championship: Brandon Christianson birdies last hole to win -- knew on par-5 18th tee he needed birdie, so he striped ball down fairway 357 yards, hit nine-iron to back of green, chipped to 3 feet, and sank the putt, Daily Pilot (subscript

Aldeen Cup: Jamie Hogan runs away to win by 9 -- just scraping it around and minimizing the damage with hot putting, Rockford Register Star, IL, 9 Aug 2004

Forsyth Invitational at Reynolds Park: Robert Wooten wins Forsyth playoff against Tim Saylor and Jimmy Eggers -- Saylor missed from 40 feet, Wooten sank from 30 feet, then Eggers pulled his putt from 12 feet, Winston Salem Journal, NC, 9 Aug 2004

Syracuse District Golf Association quarterfinals: Luke Hobika makes clutch putts to win over Chris Thomas -- great short game kept Hobika in the battle all day, Syracuse Post Standard, NY, 8 Aug 2004

Jamie Farr Classic: Karen Stupples leads by three -- recovering from jet lag as game strengthens -- pin placements requires lots of 15-footers -- Marilyn Lovander 3 back after 3-putting 16 and 17 coming in, IAfrica South African News, 8 Aug 2004

International at Castle Pines: DiMarco spends days in bogeyland as big lead evaporates -- Rod Pampling catches up but left a lot out there with indifferent putting -- burned edges all day, IAfrica South African News, 8 Aug 2004

Bobby Wadkins, playing in the 3M Championship, said Tiger Woods is golf's best putter but that Ben Crenshaw of the senior tour isn't far behind, Pioneer Press (subscription), MN, 8 Aug 2004

3M Championship: Cancer-free, Hubert Green slowly regaining his golf form -- Chi Chi Rodriquez at 68 still giving the Sword Dance on the greens, Pioneer Press (subscription), MN, 8 Aug 2004

Akron DGA Championship 1st round: Veteran Dave Trier in a tie for lead with 68 -- "The putts were falling. I made all the short ones." -- including spectacular 25-footer, Akron Beacon Journal (subscription), OH, 8 Aug 2004

A Look Back: 1958 Rubber City Open at Firestone: Jack Nicklaus plays his first PGA Tour event as Ohio State rising-sophomore at age 18 -- rounds of 67-66-76-68 good for 8th -- third round with tempestuos Tommy Bolt intimidating -- Nicklaus missed six 3-footers before calming down, Akron Beacon Journal, OH, 8 Aug 2004

Champions Tour next week at the Rock Barn: Local woodmaker crafts Tournament prize for champ -- wooden putter replica of the McEwan Putter, a presentation club crafted in St. Andrews, Scotland, in the 1840s, Charlotte Observer (subscription), NC, 8 Aug 2004

32nd annual Costa Mesa city championship: Sasan Shahi (age 18) takes 1-shot lead with stellar 64 -- dad on bag helping read putts -- "The greens had great speed, but some pins were tucked at the bottom of the hill." LA Times, CA, 8 Aug 2004

El Paso Times Southwest Women's Championship: Texas A&M golfer Janet DeGroat runs away with tourney with 4-shot lead after 16 -- finishes double-bogey, bogey with 3-jacks coming in, El Paso Times, TX, 8 Aug 2004

Dutchess County Am at Poughkeepsie: Steve Nosonowitz keeps lead -- 3-pack of chasers each having trouble on the greens, Poughkeepsie Journal, NY, 8 Aug 2004

Forsyth Invitational at Reynolds Park: Jim Kluttz grabs lead with record 63 - 9 putts on front 9 -- hole supersized for him, Winston Salem Journal, NC, 8 Aug 2004

International at Castle Pines: Chris DiMarco leads at PGA event -- just 49 putts in two rounds -- 22 in the second -- thanks to a change in stance before the final round of last week's Buick Open, Sauk Valley Newspapers, IL, 7 Aug 2004

International at Castle Pines: Hot putting Chris DiMarco takes lead -- adjusted stance by standing a little closer to the ball and suddenly he starts seeing the line better, Boulder Daily Camera, CO, 7 Aug 2004

International at Castle Pines: Kevin Na: "I've had four three-putts in the first two rounds. The greens don't look like they are that quick, and then you hit it 4 or 5 feet past.", Rocky Mountain News, CO, 7 Aug 2004

International at Castle Pines: Mr. all-International Mark Wiebe bows out -- "I played good and just didn't putt well.", Boulder Daily Camera, CO, 7 Aug 2004

Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic: Meg Mallon, Angela Jerman share lead as winds crisp up greens and field scores soar -- Mallon putting very well in 10-15 foot range, Toledo Blade, OH, 7 Aug 2004

3M Championship: Craig Stadler drops a 61-foot bomb in 8-under 64 round, The Ledger, FL, 7 Aug 2004

3M Championship: Billiard-table greens mean everyone putts like a champ, even Sammy Rachels: "When I putt good, I think everyone putts good." -- Tom Kite: "The greens are absolutely flawless out there. If you read it right and hit it right, it's going to go in.", Star Tribune, MN, 7 Aug 2004

3M Championship: Jim Colbert's putter head inexplicably snapped off as he pulled the headcover off at first green -- used sand wedge and 3-wood -- 3-putted 6-7 times and listed as taking 37 putts, Pioneer Press, IL, 7 Aug 2004

A Look Back: 1992 NEC World Series of Golf at Firestone -- Craig Stadler wins for just the second time since 1984 with a 12-foot par on 18th and final-round 70 on strength of Friday's 65 round, Akron Beacon Journal (subscription), OH, 7 Aug 2004

Utah Senior Open: Kim Thompson holds on with conservative play as Roy Christensen's bid to make up deficit falls short with spotty putting on difficult greens -- Thompson: when you can't putt the greens, you better keep the ball in a good spot to play from, Deseret news, UT, 7 Aug 2004

Canadian Tour pro Brad Fritsch's flirt with 59 ends in a course-record 63 at his home track Rideau View -- missed a 5-footer and only parred all 3 par-5s, Ottawa Sun, Canada, 7 Aug 2004

West Virginia Am at Greenbrier: Pat Carter's become a machine -- won 10th straight title by 8 and 11th overall -- considered the best putter and iron player and has the best short game among the state's amateurs, Charleston Gazette, WV, 7 Aug 2004

European Challenge Tour Ryder Cup Welsh Challenge: Mark Mouland sees a 1986 tape of his winning putting stroke and digs old Slotline out of the garage to recover good form, ic Wales, UK, 7 Aug 2004

KLM Open in Holland: David Lynn smokes the course with a 63 -- credits improved putting -- just 24 putts -- lots of bombs outside 20 feet -- "I was working on my putting on Tuesday and my putting has dropped in and is feeling really nice.", ic Teesside.co, UK, 6 Aug 2004

Kentucky Open: UK golfer John Holmes parlays power drives, par 5s into title -- sweeps KY Am and Open and heads to US Am in Winged Foot -- booms one drive 408 yards -- pro Jeremy Langley finishes one back after missing 5-footer on 17th, but gets the cash, Louisville Curier, KY, 6 Aug 2004

SC Amateur: Taylor Hough holds the lead with strong short game on tricky greens -- Emmitt Turner bobbles putts coming in last three holes but is only 2 behind -- "Columbia's ultra-fast Tifeagle hybrid Bermuda greens were an almost unsolvable mystery." -- Three-putts common -- Enobong Udo has 4-hole stretch of birdie, birdie, five-putt from 10 feet, eagle - “These greens are so tough to read,” Hough said. “You have to be patient. If you can control your speed and pace, you're going to make some putts." The State, SC, 6 Aug 2004

AJGA's Greater Hartford Jaycees Junior: Title comes down to last hole and two putts -- Kasi Lee sank her 8-footer, Megan Grehan missed her 10-footer, Hartford Courant (subscription), CT, 6 Aug 2004

International at Castle Pines: Jose Maria Olazabal's back -- Birdie six-pack notches 11 points for his second-best start and tie for 4th -- 50-footer just lips out, Rocky Mountain News, CO, 6 Aug 2004

International at Castle Pines: David Duval hasn't found his touch yet -- 31 putts, Rocky Mountain News, CO, 6 Aug 2004

A Look Back: 1991 NEC World Series at Firestone: Tom Purtzner wins playoff with highest score on record (279) by 2-putting from 10 feet while David Love III and Jim Gallagher both bogeyed, Akron Beacon Journal (subscription), OH, 6 Aug 2004

Firestone a special place for seconds -- Jim Gallagher and the Gallagher Clan in the early 1990s -- 1994 WSOG 4-putt on North's 14th embarrassing as ESPN ran it over and over in fast-motion, Akron Beacon Journal, OH, 6 Aug 2004

Mark Timms and Hot Stix Golf bring the pros' high-technology of club fitting to the non-professional golfing public -- electrodes monitor the body in putting stroke, Arizona Republic, AZ, 5 Aug 2004

Ping engineering director Dan Shoenhair: Connecting internal and external suppliers in one IT net will halve production time, VNUNet.com, UK, 5 Aug 2004

AJGA Greater Hartford Jaycee Junior: Adam Lewicki Fifth After Second-Round 71 -- five birdies in the first 10 holes, including putts of 20 and 15 feet, Hartford Courant (subscription), CT, 5 Aug 2004

Meg Mallon's 24-putt final Open round: "When I am putting well, I putt well." -- "Considering I've been struggling with my putting all year, I welcomed this putting streak on Sunday because I just had not been seen the ball go in the hole all year like that. And it was just an incredibly opportune time for that to happen." -- The ball went in the hole so quickly that you'd have thought Mallon's putter was holding the ball's family hostage -- Switched from a Ping to an Odyssey Rossie II putter three weeks prior, Detroit Free Press, MI, 5 Aug 2004

AJGA Nike Golf Junior of Louisville: Rickie Fowler of Murrieta CA builds 4-shot lead with 69 for 2nd round -- 50-foot birdie on par-4 16th, Louisville Courier Journal, KY, 5 Aug 2004

Kentucky Open: Former Morehead State University golfer Josh Teater in 4th -- missed 2-footer on last hole but shot 67 with bad putting -- "I didn't make any putts. I'm frustrated. Surely to goodness I am bound to make some putts (today)." Louisville Courier, KY, 5 Aug 2004

West Virginia Am at Greenbrier's Old White course: Pat Carter's 64 gives him 5-shot lead in hunt for 11th Am title -- 22-foot putt put paid to playing companion's 5-footer en route to rout, Charleston Gazette, WV, 5 Aug 2004

Welsh Amateur: UAB golfer Ryan Thomas defeated James Williams after 45-foot birdie putt evens match on last hole -- five extra holes required before Thomas seals the win, CollegeSports.com, NY, 5 Aug 2004

TaylorMade-adidas second quarter buoyed by R7 driver, Rossa putter sales -- new Rossa CGB line doing well, iseekgolf, Australia, 5 Aug 2004

PGA-Memorable moments in US PGA championship history -- 1994 Inverness: Greg Norman's miss from 15 feet for win on last hole allows Paul Azinger into playoff -- Norman misses 4-footer to lose playoff, Reuters, UK, 5 Aug 2004

Ohio Open: Bob Sowards wins by nine - credits caddy Ryan Bruncak for reading putts all week. - "I didn't listen to him three times in the first round and missed all three. From there on, I let him call the shots.", San Luis Obispo Tribune, CA, 5 Aug 2004

38th Pacific Coast Am: Hottest amateur Spencer Levin: "I'm driving it in the fairways and holing the short putts. You do those things, and you'll shoot a good score." - Elk Grove native, UNM golfer in command of his game, The Register-Guard, Ore., 5 Aug 2004

Hamilton HS senior Kevin Annis may be next Michigan prep champ: says coach Lutgen: "He's a boomer off the tee and if we can get him to putt better, he can be real good.", Holland Sentinel, MI, 5 Aug 2004

Northern Cal PGA - Club Pro Championship: Tehama GC's Rick Leibovich's 74-65 wins -- poor putting on day one, great putting on day two -- holing critical putts all day, including 20-foot birdie and long eagle on 18th, Nevada City Union, CA, 5 Aug 2004

Illinois Open: Former Northwestern golfer Brian Payne back working with Jim Sutie, but needs help on his putting -- missing makeable putts, Pioneer Press Online, IL, 5 Aug 2004

Kevin Tway co-leads Ford Junior Classic at halfway point in 36-hole event -- 16-year-old son of Tour player Bob Tway had 4-birdie, 4-bogey even-par with 32 putts, NewsOK.com (subscription), OK, 5 Aug 2004

UNLV's Ryan Moore takes his hot game to Ireland for the Palmer Cup -- talks about willing in the 33-foot putt that won Western Am last week, Las Vegas Sun, NV, 4 Aug 2004

Last season's playoff loss in state regionals has helped David Grigson change outlook -- missed a 3-footer -- working with pro on his swing and mental game, Danville Advocate, KY, 4 Aug 2004

Minnesota Open: Local golfer Chad Gustafson notches 6th place with 71-76-71 218 behind winner's 212 -- “I putted real well. I only missed one or two putts from within six feet of the cup the whole tournament.", Forest Lake Times, MN, 4 Aug 2004

Putting proves to be key in boys FJGA semifinals, Flint Journal, MI, 4 Aug 2004

Peter Jacobsen at US Senior Open win: most birdies with 21, second in fairways hit with 45, 17th in greens in regulation with 50 and fourth in total putts with 112, Missourian Publishing, MO, 4 Aug 2004

Tiger Woods, Hank Kuehne defeat John Daly, Phil Mickelson at The Bridge -- Kuehne's 8-footer and 12-footer at 14th and 15th holes spark win -- Woods' 25-foot eagle putt seals the deal on Mickelson's home course, iseekgolf, Australia, 4 Aug 2004

Nokia Champions Challenge: Former Cougars Mike Weir and Dean Wilson defend title -- catch Tim Mickelson and Kevin Stadler on last hole with Wilson's 8-foot downhill left-to-right sink and then Wilson chips in from 40 feet as Stadler and Mickelson miss birdie tries, BYU Newsnet, UT, 4 Aug 2004

New Hampshire Women's AM: 11-time champ Dana Harrity grabs three-shot lead despite pneumonia -- Boston College player Liz Friel skies to 78 but still in 3rd after five three-putts, Portsmouth Herald, NH, 4 Aug 2004

David Jacobsen: My kid brother Peter is underrated as a putter but his true gift is a balanced golf swing he honed working with Jim Hardy, Oregonian, OR, 4 Aug 2004

Oregon native Scott Harrington logs breakthrough runner-up finish on Nationwide Tour in Witchita -- sinks 15-footer at 16th, 45-footer at 17th, and 15-footer at 18th to tie Bradley Hughes only to lip-out an 8-footer to drop playoff -- former Northwestern golfer, Oregon Live, OR, 4 Aug 2004

Stewart Cink due for win this week - top-ranked putter this year on Tour, The Coloradoan, CO, 4 Aug 2004

George Marsari Memorial at Ormond Beach: Lakeland's Heather Burgner adds second consecutive title to summer resume -- notches win despite bad putting -- 34 putts in final round 74 -- might prompt putter change, The Ledger, FL, 4 Aug 2004

Age-shooter Jim Johnson at 76 heating up golf course -- Johnson holes four from 25-35 feet with his belly putter -- has shot under his age 20 times in past 7 years, Salem Statesman Journal, OR, 4 Aug 2004

55th Illinois Open: Kevin Tassistro (22-year-old amateur) in 2nd place 1 back -- flushed 3 birdie putts in excess of 20 feet -- "My putter's on fire right now. I look at a 20-footer and it looks pretty good to me.", Chicago Daily Herald, IL, 4 Aug 2004

A look Back: 1989 NEC World Series at Firestone: Ben Crenshaw goes 0-7 in playoff, dropping one to David Frost in two holes -- on 1st playoff hole, Frost saved par from 55 feet while Crenshaw missed 22-footer for win -- on 2nd hole, Frost parred while Crenshaw took three to get down from 30 yards, Akron Beacon Journal, OH, 4 Aug 2004

Putts key at the `Bridges', Sun-Sentinel.com, FL, 4 Aug 2004

Callaway Golf's CEO resigns, Billings Gazette,  MT, 3 Aug 2004

Massachusetts Junior Amateur: Liam Billard falls off pace due to stubborn putter -- follows 69 with 78 -- lots of lip outs, Berkshire Eagle, MA, 3 Aug 2004

Mike Weir, Dean Wilson win again -- defeat Kevin Stadler and Tim Mickelson (Phil's brother and U San Diego golf coach) in playoff when pair miss 35-foot birdie tries to stay up with Wilson's 40-foot chip in, Deseret News, UT, 3 Aug 2004

39th Delaware SGA Open: Chris Anderson charges from 5 back to win 7th Open title in suden death over Chris Wisler -- 17-year-old Kyle Davis hangs with pros to the end with critical putts but misses birdie putt on last hole, News Journal, DE, 3 Aug 2004

Morgan Seaside Classic: Jamie Arnold and Paul Maslen fall into playoff when both leave makeable birdie putts short on final hole -- in playoff, Arnold's birdie try pops the hole and hangs on the lip while Maslen runs his birdie try past the hole and misses comeback, Port Macquarie Post, Australia, 3 Aug 2004

US Am qualifier in NC: Former Wake golfer Buck Williams medals -- 4 birdies on last 5 holes including 25-foot downhiller on 17th, Winston Salem Journal, NC, 3 Aug 2004

Chris Wisler second in Delaware Open: Dover golfer loses playoff -- "I did everything well but putt. And that's the one thing you need to do well. I didn't putt that bad, I just didn't make anything.", Harrington Journal, DE, 3 Aug 2004

Cumberland County Junior Golf Championship: Gretchen Mclean wins girls 13-18 by 7 despite lots of missed putts -- area perennial winner worked one-on-one with Tiger Woods at Ft Bragg this summer, Fayetteville Online, NC, 3 Aug 2004

Champions Tour 3M: Ben Crenshaw revisits hole that got away -- 14th at TPC Twin Cities -- inexplicable 3-putt and some poor 3-wood shots cost him his best chance so far on Senior Tour as he fumbled lead last year, Minneapolis Star Tribune, MN, 3 Aug 2004

Illinois Open: Jay Davis leads Kevin Tassistro by 1 after 2 days -- Tassistro birdies 4 of last 6 holes, including one from 25 feet and two from 20 feet, Duluth News Tribune, MN, 3 Aug 2004

Staged as a battle of the long-ball hitters, "the Bridges" battle ends up about putters, not power, Columbia Basin Herald, WA, 3 Aug 2004

Duel between Vijay Singh and John Daly wimps out on 18th green as both players miss 6-footers, Singh's to seal; victory then Daly's to force playoff, News24, South Africa, 2 Aug 2004

Buick Open Saturday round: Vijay Singh's 65 with only 5 fairways but 14 GIRs and 27 putts -- missed 4-footer on 18th, Xinhua, China, 2 Aug 2004

Tiger's Putter fails -- Woods misses three makeable putts in four holes on back nine -- "I just didn't make the putts. They weren't even very hard.", Duluth News Tribune, MN, 1 Aug 2004

Luke Donald moves into Ryder contention with Swedish win -- 50-foot bomb and long-range birdies coming home help out, Manchester Evening News, UK, 2 Aug 2004

Tom Kite melts like ice cream over last four holes and hands Peter Jacobsen the US Senior Open -- Jacobsen humor re putting: "I look at putting like a flow chart. Step 1, hit the putt. Step 2, pull it out of the hole or repeat Step 1.", Peoria Journal Star, 2 Aug 2004

Witchita Open: Brad Elder blows 6-shot lead and misses four-man playoff by a stroke with cold putter -- Hunter Haas 3-putts last hole from 40-feet to fall into playoff -- Bradley Hughes sinks 20-footer on last hole to make playoff and then wins with a 5-footer, Kansas.com, KS, 2 Aug 2004

Nationwide Tour -- Heroes and Goats in Witchita: Hunter Haas misses 5-footer to win on last hole and finishes with a three-putt -- Bradley Hughes sinks a 20-foot eagle on final hole to force a four-man playoff and then wins with birdie on 1st extra hole Dallas-Ft Worth, TX, 2 Aug 2004

Take part in an online yips survey, BBC Sport, UK, 2 Aug 2004

Phil Mickelson tunes up for The Bridges shootout with a course-record 60 at La Jolla CC that could have been a 59 -- three-putted a par four, San Diego Union Tribune, CA, 2 Aug 2004

Bill Loeffler claims 3rd Colorado Open on 1st playoff hole -- Loeffler 2-putts from 6 feet while Jeff Klein missed a 4-footer, Boulder Daily Camera, CO, 2 Aug 2004

"The agony of the whiff" -- famous short-putt misses, Denver Post, CO, 2 Aug 2004

Putting becomes pivotal, Denver Post, CO, 2 Aug 2004

Dave Pelz represents remedy for putting problems, Denver Post, CO, 2 Aug 2004

Western Am: NCAA champ and UNLV senior Ryan Moore wins playoff after bobbling 4-hole lead with 6 to play in match -- sinks 33-footer for win, Detroit Free Press, MI, 2 Aug 2004

Welsh Am: Ryan Thomas takes title after epic 41-hole thriller match with James Williams -- up and down battle tightens at the end -- Williams has a 45-footer and a three-putt, ic Wales, UK, 2 Aug 2004

South Carolina Am: Hard and fast greens roll true at Columbia Country Club -- putting battles expected, Greenwood Index Journal, SC, 2 Aug 2004

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