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2004 3rd Quarter - July thru September

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Vijay Singh's return to the standard-length putter -- 26 putts Thursday at the Buick, 32 putts Friday, The Ledger, FL, 31 Jul 2004

Drills for long putting, News 8 Austin, TX, 31 Jul 2004

Emerald greens -- a tour of Irish linsland golf, The Globe and Mail, Canada, 31 Jul 2004

A Look Back: 1985 NEC World Series at Firestone: Roger Maltbie goes wire-to-wire as only player in the 60s for all four rounds, caps win with a 16-foot birdie on 18th, gains 10-year exemption on Tour, and becomes 55th Tour millionaire, Akron Beacon Journal, OH, 31 Jul 2004

Odessa City Championship: Terry Rice ‘putts' name atop leaderboard -- says he's never putted better in his life -- holding off longball young guns with GIRs and great putting, Odessa American, TX, 31 Jul 2004

Virginia SGA Senior Women's Am at the Homestead: Boodie McGurn's long drives outclass Valeta Pittman's faltering putter to win 4 and 3, Richmond Times Dispatch, VA, 31 Jul 2004

AJGA at Bayhill: Robert Gates Jr. overcomes big deficit with steady play to overtake faltering Sam Saunders on Sam's home course (owned by grandfather Arnold Palmer) -- Saunders: "choked" away lead with bad shots, bad putts -- Gates defeats Ben Leong in a playoff, Orlando Sentinel, FL, 31 Jul 2004

37th Ouimet Memorial: John Gilmartin soars to title on eagle from 100 yards -- Mass Am champ Frank Vana has three 3-putts, Boston Herald, MA, 31 Jul 2004

Nationwide Tour: Sean Murphy back on a roll -- player with record 6 victories had Lasik surgery in May -- putting well now, says overcast days seem to help, The Wichita Eagle, KS, 31 Jul 2004

83rd Women's Texas Golf Association Championship: Stacy Dennis uses new belly putter to outlast Stephanie Godare 2 and 1 for the title, Houton Chronicle, TX, 31 Jul 2004

American Stephen Woodard holds two-shot lead at Canadian Tour's Montreal Open -- canning long putts, Canada.com, Canada, 30 Jul 2004

Mark McGwire misses cut in Western Amateur -- biggest problem is putting -- 3-putted numerous greens, Jefferson City News Tribune, MO, 30 Jul 2004

Buick Open Thursday round: Vijay Singh blazes to lead with 63 after switching back to conventional putter from belly putter -- 26 total putts -- Olin Browne 2nd with 64 after putter switch late last month -- putting making the difference in good scores The Star, 30 Jul 2004,

Luke Donald posts course record 65 in Sweden after first-round 69 -- "I played very similarly to the way that I did yesterday, I just got more of the putts to roll in for me today.", The Australian, Australia, 30 Jul 2004

Pat Larkin, Putting to the left -- pulls come from quiting with the left hand but continuing with the right hand in the thru-stroke -- back of left hand mirrors stroke path and face, Hollister Free Lance, CA, 30 Jul 2004

Ridgemark pro Mitch Thomas just misses in National Assistants Championship qualifier on his own course -- “If I could have putted better, I would have done better.” -- 5th out of 26 competitors still good for alternate status, Hollister Free Lance, CA, 30 Jul 2004

Buick Open Thursday round: New putter takes Vijay Singh to the fore, Straits Times, Singapore, 30 Jul 2004

Buick Open Thursday round: New putters work for Vijay Singh (shoots 63) and Olin Browne (shoots 64), Lebanon Daily Record, MO, 30 Jul 2004

Women's British Open Thursday round: Karen Stupples leads after 65 wth a couple of 15-footers -- Annika Sorenstam looking strong with 68 resulting from tight approaches and birdie putts inside 9 feet, The Ledger, FL, 30 Jul 2004

Women's British Open Friday round: Karen Stupples extends lead with 2-under 70 that includes a 40-footer and some lip-outs, Reuters, UK, 30 Jul 2004

US Senior Open first round: Peter Jacobsen surprise leader -- 15 GIRs and no 3-putts for a 65, Coos Bay World, OR, 30 Jul 2004

Dave Musty and the technology of his wooden-headed Musty putters, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, NY, 29 Jul 2004

Crunch time for Annika Sorenstam at Weetabix: "I can't hit the ball much better, I can't putt much better and it's just a matter of having a good week.", Golfmagic.com, 29 Jul 2004

Cleveland Tour pro Kyle Gallo wins in playoff for third Connecticut Open -- runner-up amateur Brett Stegmaier has several lip-outs and misses short par putt on 1st playoff hole, New Britain Herald, CT, 29 Jul 2004

Alberta Amateur: Trio has touch on greens -- Michael Knight, Scott Stiles and Davis Poscente fight their way into contention with nice putting performances, Calgary Sun, Canada, 29 Jul 2004

Lakewood Ranch HS golfer Seath Lauer (17) qualifies for US Amateur at Tampa's Avila GC with 1-over 145 and T-1 finish that coulda shoulda been a lot lower -- 36 or 37 putts in 2nd round 75, Bradenton Herald, FL, 29 Jul 2004

US Senior Open at Bellerive: Charlotte area's Terry Mauney making Champions Tour return after his putting went south and he lost his card at end of 2002 -- hopes new $19 Top Flite putter will work out, Charlotte Observer (subscription), NC, 29 Jul 2004

Golf-obsessed homerun king Mark McGwire shoots 82 in Western Amateur -- admits he has a lot to learn -- shaky putting on slick greens gives up four three-putts, The Wichita Eagle, KS, 29 Jul 2004

US Senior Open: Airline loses Pete Oakley's winning clubs -- British Senior Open champ teeing it up at Bellerive with borrowed clubs and putter but not bothered -- "You could punch me in the face right now and I wouldn't feel a thing.", The News Journal, DE, 29 Jul 2004

Michigan Women's Open: Stacy Snider's 8-foot birdie on last hole forces playoff with Amy Malinaric and then Snider birdies the same hole in the playoff from 10 feet to win -- just switched putting style day before but stuck with change under pressure to sink 2 critical putts, Detroit Free Press, MI, 29 Jul 2004

Michigan Women's Open: Home cooking at Crystal Mountain -- Director of Golf Brad Dean spends an hour with Stacy Snider before last round working on her weak putting and changes pay off with winning birdie putts -- still, two three-putts on 16th and 17th holes didn't help, Detroit News, MI, 29 Jul 2004

Dale Douglass Junior Classic: Nebraska golfer Brian Lawson charges up from 6th place to win with closing 68 -- "My putter was hot." -- 40-foot putt for birdie on the 11th slammed into the back of the cup, popped up and dropped in, Fort Morgan Times, CO, 29 Jul 2004,

US Senior Open: Bruce Lietzke has used long putter since 1991 -- "I found I was a half-putt better per day with the long putter. By Sunday afternoon, that's two shots in your pocket. That's the difference in money and, sometimes, a trophy.", CBS Sportsline, 29 Jul 2004

Annika Sorenstam -- "I believe you can one-putt every green, so there is still work to be done.", Independent, UK, 29 Jul 2004

Pennsylvania Amateur: Former soccer player Chip Zimmerman takes 2-shot lead with 65 -- 15 GIRs and 30 putts, Tarentum Valley News Dispatch, PA, 28 Jul 2004

Brent Schwartzrock on the Nationwide Tour -- after losing PGA Tour card, he needs to get his putting improved -- "I'm hitting the ball better and my chipping is better, but I can't keep the putter going for four days, or even two or three.", Brunswick News, GA, 28 Jul 2004

US Senior Open at Bellerive: Jay Haas -- "If you putt your short putts well, makeable putts, if you make a lot of those, you're probably going to have an opportunity on Sunday.", Cybergolf National, 28 Jul 2004

Two-day tournament will challenge minigolf hackers, Flint Journal, MI, 28 Jul 2004

Is minigolf anything like Buick Open?, Flint Journal, MI, 28 Jul 2004

Michigan Women's Open: Crystal Mountain instructor Elaine Crosby falls a stroke back with off putting -- "I had lots of chances for birdies, but couldn't convert. I wasn't seeing the line and I wasn't stroking the putts well. ", The Jackson Citizen-Patrio

KZG Golf has built up a nice roster -- milled putters, CBS Sportsline, 28 Jul 2004

Michigan Women's Open: Stacy Snider gets fed up missing putts and has Crytal Mountain's Brad Dean fix her putting -- "Brad changed my hand position, and we made some more space between my body and my putter, and it's working." , The Grand Rapids Press, MI, 28 Jul 2004

Mammoth greens the signature of Angels Crossing, The Grand Rapids Press, MI, 28 Jul 2004

Diamond Springs growing in nicely, Holland Sentinel, MI, 28 Jul 2004

Pitter-putter, Ventura County Star, CA, 28 Jul 2004

Town of Greenwich Golf Tournament: in match play, key putts determinative, Greenwich Time, CT, 28 Jul 2004

Craig Rudolph Memorial: Peter Malnati rallies from 3 back for 1-stroke win over Brandon Burris -- putting drama over last 3 holes -- Malnati's eagle putt at 16th, his missed 3-footer at 17th, and Burris' 3-putt at 18th, Clarksville Leaf Chronicle, TN, 28 Jul 2004

Nationwide Tour tough -- Mike Richeson makes eagle to get to par at 8th hole but then misses 4 birdie putts and has no hope -- 63s pretty routine, Salem Statesman Journal, OR, 28 Jul 2004

St Clair River CC pro Steve Vecellio qualifies for Buick Open -- hopes to make the cut and get some cash -- accurate ball striker but a very streaky putter, Port Huron Times Herald, MI, 28 Jul 2004

Deleware SGA Junior Amateur: Jay Whitby wins by 1 with 71 after Amory Davis suffers 5 3-putts on front with just-short back-nine rally to 72, The News Journal, DE, 28 Jul 2004

A Look Back 1982: World Series of Golf at Firestone: Craig Stadler defeats Ray Floyd in 4-hole playoff after both miss birdie putts on 18 -- Stadler: "I'm not going to let a playoff happen again. In the future, I'll just make the final putt at 18.", Akron Beacon Journal, OH, 28 Jul 2004

Bobby Nichols reminisces about time at Firestone -- Using a $5 putter he picked up a week before, he averaged just 29.7 putts per round and sank 30- and 40-footers over elephant mounds during a first-round 64 at Columbus, Akron Beacon Journal, OH, 28 Jul 2004

Charles Warren finally gets putting religion -- Columbia sports psych Morris Pickens: "Mo said, ‘You're never going to be great, never get to the next level, unless you work on putting, with structured practice." -- 4.5 hours a day now, The State, SC, 28 Jul 2004

Peter Jacobsen values consistency: "I've always been a streaky putter, good in some stretches and bad in others.", The Herald, UK, 27 Jul 2004

Two-time winner Kyle Gallo fires 7-under 63, ties for Connecticut Open lead -- hits every approach to 10 feet, makes every putt -- 8 birdies, one bogey, New Britain Herald, CT, 27 Jul 2004

Firestone 1971: From diamond to rough -- Red Sox / Indians homerun hitter Ken Harrelson tries the PGA Tour for three years -- at Firestone, spent three days turning 6-footers into 9-footers with agrressive putting -- "My putting just killed me.", Akron Beacon Journal, OH, 27 Jul 2004

A Look Back 1981: World Series of Golf at Firestone: Bill Rogers caps win with 12-foot birdie on final hole to nip Tom Kite by one -- Hale Irwin led first three rounds but his putting killed him on final day, Akron Beacon Journal, OH, 27 Jul 2004

Can't sink those putts? Relax and try closing your eyes, Detroit Free Press, MI, 27 Jul 2004

Michigan Women's Open: University of Toledo golfer Breanne Hall in the hunt with 69 -- "I haven't been putting well, but put a new putter in my bag last week. I don't know if it's the honeymoon period or what, but I was really rolling it well today.", Detroit Free Press, MI, 27 Jul 2004

Carlos Franco at USB: 4th in total driving, T2 in GIRs, and 5th in putts per GIR, The Scotsman, UK, 26 Jul 2004

Oregon Senior PGA ProAm: Heat doesn't faze Roseburg's Pat Huffer as he sweeps Basin ProAm -- changes to long putter for short putts, Herald and News, OR, 26 Jul 2004

TOUR Insider: Warwick Hills demands a delicate touch -- big greens promote three-putting and call for good lag putting, CBS Sportsline, 26 Jul 2004

Miami University golfer Matt Thomas Captures NYSGA Men's Amateur Championship -- 20-foot birdie putt on 36th hole to win, MURedHawks.com, 26 Jul 2004

Chicago Metro area Village Links $5 million renovation -- "The new greens were seeded with A-4 creeping bent grass, a new, denser form of turf that is expected to create a putting surface that produces truer putts." -- other area greens converting to A-4, Cybergolf National, 26 Jul 2004

Buick Open 1963: Julius Boros thanks thief who stole his putter at the Masters -- return to old putter won him the US Open, Colonial and Buick Open -- at Buick: 10 one-putt greens with birdies from 15, 20, 25, 35, and 35 feet -- "My putting improved 100 percent.", Flint Journal, MI, 26 Jul 2004

Buick Open 1964: "Pendulum" putters used between the legs croquet-style the newest fad -- Sam Snead and four other pros use it but most think it looks silly -- banned shortly, Flint Journal, MI, 26 Jul 2004

Catholic Central HS grad Brian Ottenweller surprised by City title -- comes from behind with birdie barrage to win -- "The putter was working." -- 4-footer at 7th, 10-footer at 8th, 30-footer at 9th, The Grand Rapids Press, MI, 26 Jul 2004

Short game with dead-on putting makes Mark Kurzynowski dominant player -- in match-up with long-ball hitter Jeff Swihart, he sticks to his guns and takes Jackson County Open, MLive.com, MI, 26 Jul 2004

Muskego inventor and putting instructor Jerry Korte in 4th season with his Yes! putter, Milwaukee Freeman Newspapers, WI, 26 Jul 2004

Ty Armstrong wins Minnesota State Open in playoff with 22-foot birdie -- at 45, will try Q School to return to PGA Tour where he played in 1994 and 1999, Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription), MN, 26 Jul 2004

US Bank Milwaukee: Brett Quigley can't land a big one -- "I played good golf, just didn't make the putts.", Boston Globe, MA, 26 Jul 2004

Charles Warren claims the Canadian PGA Championship by seven shots -- when he can putt, he can win, PGA.com, 26 Jul 2004

Australian Brett Rumford runs away with Irish victory -- starts one back of Peter Lonard and shoots 5-under to win by four -- solid long putting salts away challenge from Padraig Harrington as Lonard falters, The Herald News, MA, 26 Jul 2004

Frenchman Raphael Jaquelin shoots 67 to tie for 2nd at Irish Open -- Yesterday I spent half an hour on the putting green and found a great feeling . I kept it and there you go. I holed a few long putts and that's why it was a great score today.”, European Tour, UK, 25 Jul 2004

Sweden's Fredrik Henge wins JJB Sports North West Challenge by one in horrible rain -- "I just played really well and made some really important putts - especially the birdie from 25 feet on the 11th.", iseekgolf, Australia, 26 Jul 2004

Deleware Club pro Peter Oakley claims Senior British Open by one with cool 10-footer on 18th -- "The way I putted, it was divine." -- Tom Kite's 3-putt costly, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, PA, 26 Jul 2004

David Leadbetter answers your questions -- Best way to sink 2-3 foot putts, BBC Sport, UK, 26 Jul 2004

1980 A look back: World Series of Golf at Firestone: 30-footer at 12th sparks Tom Watson's 2-stroke win -- Ray Floyd's 40-footer leaps him over Lee Trevino to 2nd -- Gary Player (stalled in traffic) pays motorcyclist $20 to speed him to his tee time, Akron Beacon Journal, OH, 26 Jul 2004

1990 A Look Back: World Series of Golf: Jose Maria Olazabal's first round 61 sets course record -- lots of beautiful long putts -- missed a 59 when he flubbed a 3-footer and a 6-footer over last 4 holes, Akron Beacon Journal, OH, 26 Jul 2004

Matt Donovan takes Greater Bangor Open with reliable putting and a 63 good for a 1-stroke margin, Berkshire Eagle, MA, 26 Jul 2004

Battling Botswana's dusty golf courses -- putting on the browns, BBC Sport, UK, 26 Jul 2004

Mike Carey holds on to win Baton Rouge Open -- defender Jim Adams starts 1 back but skies to 77 with rancid short putting including two blown 2-footers -- "I had 20 putts on the back nine and that just won't cut it. I threw away too many shots.", Baton Rouge Advocate, LA, 26 Jul 2004

Buick Open Scrapbook -- 1961: Jackie Burke's 63-foot birdie putt on 11th hole in playoff round sparks 3-stroke win over Billy Casper and Johnny Pott, Flint Journal, MI, 25 Jul 2004

Porter Cup: Spencer Levin's 74 good enough for 1-stroke win over Jeffrey Overton -- neither putting worth a hoot -- 3-putt for Overton on 17th ends his challenge, Buffalo News, NY, 25 Jul 2004

Rob Stock, How to handle downhill putts, Charlottesville Daily Progress, VA, 25 Jul 2004

82nd New York State Golf Association Men's Amateur: Matt Thomas (Miami Ohio University) rallies from 4 down to overtake Andrew DiBitetto (UNC_Charlotte) on final hole in 36-hole match -- 20-foot putt wins State Am title, Press & Sun-Bulletin, NY, 25 Jul 2004

UT grad student Rob Bell studying the yips -- will use visualization training to overcome fear of short putts, Knoxville News Sentinel, TN, 25 Jul 2004

The Walnut Open -- putting the walnut into the coffee mug with the "Professional Red neck Putter" and the "white" walnut, Richmond Times Dispatch, VA, 25 Jul 2004

Charles Warren holds hot hand at Canadian PGA -- misses greens but saves his score with hot putting, Toronto Star, Canada, 24 Jul 2004

US Junior Am: David Chung just misses when 5-footer slides by on final hole in match against Sihwan Kim -- Hot putter helped Chung reach finals but let him down at end -- missed four putts inside 10 feet, Fayetteville Online, Fayetteville NC, 24 Jul 2004

Wendy Doolan denies Annika Sorenstam at Evian Masters -- a couple of putting stutters leaves Annika just short, iseekgolf, Australia, 24 jul 2004

Michelle Wie learns lessons at Evian Masters, moves on -- Berhard Langer tells her: some putts go in, some don't but it's not life and death, FOX Sports, 24 Jul 2004

Senior British Open: Don Pooley bags back-to-back eagles with putts of 35 and 20 feet, FOX Sports, 24 Jul 2004

JJB North West Challenge, Simon Hurd employs belly putter for first time and takes 2-stroke lead after third round -- a nice 35-footer -- Lee Slattery can't buy a putt, European Tour, UK, 24 Jul 2004

Porter Cup: 2-time NY Am champ Kyle Hess falls out of contention with poor putting -- "I just can't get the putter going - that's been my problem." -- ready to test pro waters on minitours, Buffalo News, NY, 24 Jul 2004

M&T Bank Loretto Futures Golf Classic: Michelle Murphy works on putting speed and sinks five birdie putts all outside 15 feet to share lead, Syracuse Post Standard, NY, 24 Jul 2004

1978: A look back: World Series of Golf at Firestone: Gil Morgan wins after Hubert Green 3-jacks from 25 feet on 1st playoff hole -- Nicklaus putts poorly, Akron Beacon Journal (subscription), OH, 24 Jul 2004

Wisconsinite Jerry Kelly's desire keeps burning -- from putting into a glass with teammates at Hartford to putting poorly in front of the home crowd, Journal Times Online, WI, 24 Jul 2004

Evian Masters: Michelle Wie suffers five 3-putts on Thursday -- same problems continue Friday, Seattle Post Intelligencer, WA, 23 Jul 2004

Kansas Am quarterfinal matches: Pete Krsnich rallies, ekes out victory -- David Dupy's missed 3-footer and lip-out 4-footer key events, Kansas.com, KS, 23 Jul 2004

Montana Am: Ohio State golf captain Scott Anderson collects golf title with two-putt birdie on final hole, Daily Inter Lake, MT, 23 Jul 2004

Northwestern golfer Josh Habig's game takes step in right direction -- hitting greens, getting chances, and putting well to post low scores, Evansville Courier & Press (subscription), IN, 23 Jul 2004

Peach Tree Club Championship: Brian jennings' hot putter records five birdies -- four from outside 12 feet, Tyler Morning Telegraph, TX, 23 Jul 2004

David Chung reaches US Junior Amateur final -- special putting practice drill helps him rally with six birdies to polish off Robert reisen -- four one-putts over last six holes, Fayetteville Online, Fayetteville NC, 23 Jul 2004

AJGA Buick Junior Open: Flint native (Flinstone) Dolores White posts emotional victory over Carly Truitt -- Truitt misfires to miss three 4-footers in last 4 holes, Flint Journal, MI, 23 Jul 2004

Equipment Extra -- Putter head weight, GolfDigest.com, 23 Jul 2004

Jerry Kelly's 66 -- a tempo adjustment corrects his putting, The Capital Times, WI, 23 Jul 2004

South of Scotland Junior Championship: Adam Aitken smashes record with 63 -- only 24 putts, ic Dufries, UK, 23 Jul 2004

Gary Player best summed up the average champion when he remarked: "If I had to choose between my wife and my putter, well, I'd miss her.", The Australian, Australia, 23 Jul 2004

US Junior Am: Matt Savage 3-jacks last hole to lose to David Chung, San Francisco Chronicle, CA, 23 Jul 2004

Hershey GC: just get the putt on line on the fab greens, Penn Live, PA, 23 Jul 2004

Nationwide Tour: putter switch helps former Kent State golfer Jon Mills, The Globe and Mail, Canada, 23 Jul 2004

MONY New York State Open at Bethpage Black: Jesse Fitzgerald putts to win, New York Newsday, NY, 23 Jul 2004

Losing his touch - Tiger at Troon, Mail & Guardian Online (subscription), South Africa, 23 Jul 2004

Jon Mills' short game ailing -- 31 putts -- no idea why, Toronto Star, Canada, 23 Jul 2004

'Dumb stuff' haunts Ty Tryon's stalled career -- the can't miss kid who can't putt -- "You have to make putts. I haven't made a lot of putts." , The Globe and Mail, Canada, 22 Jul 2004

Pros say it's better to putt it out than take those gimmes, IdahoStatesman.com, ID, 22 Jul 2004

In an era of sponsorships, wins for self-bought putter -- Todd Hamilton's Ping B60 out of the barrel, Moira Dunn's Big Ben out of the shop, The Oregonian, OR, 21 Jul 2004

Belly up to the green: Jim Lehman, Tom's borther, finds success with the belly putter in reducing three-putts, Duluth News Tribune, 21 Jul 2004

Moira Dunn's store-bought putter -- 84 putts for three rounds, Star-Telegram, 21 Jul 2004

Illinois golfer Andy Shiels takes two-shot lead at Buick Junior Open with 67 -- "I've been lining up my putts with my putter the last few days and it's worked really well for me.", Flint Journal, MILive.com, 21 Jul 2004

1975: A look back: World Series of Golf at Firestone: Stanford grad Tom Watson gets his third pro victory after joining Tour in 1971 -- final-day 3-shot lead survives long birdie putts from Nicklaus, Akron Beacon Journal (subscription), OH, 21 Jul 2004

George Bryan III, Keep in touch with your putter every day, The State, SC, 21 Jul 2004

Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson had Major putting misses -- Phil inside 5 feet at US Open and British Open, Els inside 15 feet on 4 of last 5 holes at British Open, Myrtle Beach Sun News, SC, 21 Jul 2004

Montana Amateur: True greens seeing variable putting performances -- not much falling from outside 5 feet, Great Falls Tribune, MT, 21 Jul 2004

California Women's Championship: Murrieta golfer Charlotte Mayorkas's play puts her out of sight -- fires second 68 despite three 3-putt bogeys for a 7-stroke lead, Press-Enterprise (subscription), CA, 21 Jul 2004

Southern New England Women's Golf Association Championship: Lisa Fern-Boros' 4-shot lead holds up -- married to Julius Boros' nephew -- "My putter really saved me all day.", Hartford Courant (subscription), CT, 21 Jul 2004

New England Amateur Championship: Best Of Drohen Brothers -- Bill 64, John 67, Andy 70 -- Andy showed Bill he was crowding his ball on putts and moved him back off ball -- 27 total putts even with 2 missed 3-footers, Hartford Courant (subscription), CT, 21 Jul 2004

Bloomington-Normal Junior City Tournament: Bragg brothers Kyle (17-18) and Jeff (13-14) both winners -- Kyle: "I've improved my putting. I made a lot of putts today.", Bloomington Pantagraph, IL, 21 Jul 2004

Blind golfer Heidi Smith (11) is learning how to putt using a board -- fearless youth skis, is a gymnast, plays baseball, sings, and is a cheerleader -- wants to win tournaments, San Antonio Express (subscription), TX, 21 Jul 2004

California Women's State Championship: Danielle Frasier at 11 is youngest -- Kip Puterbaugh student shows remarkable swing -- but putting off -- "I'm not happy with how I played today, because I missed a lot of putts.", North County Times, CA, 21 Jul 2004

Sunshine State PGA Club Professional Championship: Mike Regner grabs lead with 68 -- "I don't feel like I putted well, but I lipped in a lot of 3-footers for pars.", Florida Today, FL, 21 Jul 2004

Royal Challenge Indian Golf Tour's opening event, the Northern India Amateur: Simarjeet Singh, Jagmohan Gill in joint lead on Day 1 -- Vikrant Chopra one back after poor putting round, Indian Express, India, 21 Jul 2004

Women's Kentucky Open: Rising Wake Forest soph Mandy Goins 'very consistent' in taking two-shot lead with 71 -- "I had so many putts that were just right on the edge, but I can't complain.", Louisville Courier Journal, KY, 21 Jul 2004

Dana Quigley's brother Paul caddying for Brad Faxon at GMO and then an alternate at US Senior Open -- might use one of Dana's extra sets if he gets in -- "The only thing that really counts for me is my putter, anyway.", Providence Journal (subscription), RI, 21 Jul 2004

Scott Eilers, The Golf Mechanic: Putting proves to be a personal affair, Marco Island Eagle, FL, 21 Jul 2004

Governing body to take a look at belly putters, big-headed drivers said to remove too much skill from the game, The Mirror, UK, 20 Jul 2004

1974: A look back: American Golf Classic at Firestone: 33-year-old Jim Colbert notches 4th career win by surviving playoff -- Ray Floyd pushes a six-footer to lose, Akron Beacon Journal (subscription), OH, 20 Jul 2004

Firstone Country Club History, Akron Beacon Journal (subscription), OH, 20 Jul 2004

1974: A Look Back: World Series of Golf at Firestone: Lee Trevino wins first WSG event by overtaking Gary Player's six-shot lead and outlasting seven-hole playoff that stretched over two days -- second day began with Trevino sinking 32-footer and Player making a 10-footer before Player bogeyed to lose, Akron Beacon Journal, OH, 20 Jul 2004

Garth Collings grabs lead at Manitoba Am -- greens are beautiful -- Mike Keast says he learned at Canadian Tour MTS he doesn't putt well enough, Winnipeg Sun, Canada, 20 Jul 2004

Todd Hamilton wins claret jug -- makeable putt undoes Ernie Els for win on 72nd hole and again in playoff, Alameda Times-Star, CA, 19 Jul 2004

Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson miss makeable putts in coming up short at Troon, Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription), MN, 19 Jul 2004

Ernie Els had trouble getting winning putt high enough, SkySports, UK, 19 Jul 2004

Monty suffers under spotlight -- Colin Montgomerie's putter takes the day off again -- missed 10-footer and a 3-putt from 4 feet scar the card, Ireland Online, Ireland, 19 Jul 2004

Open-R&A boosted by technology stance taken by Tiger, Els on putters, Reuters, UK, 19 Jul 2004

Els' putter misfires in shootout, Cape Argus (subscription), Africa, 19 Jul 2004

Woods and Els Call for New Technology Curbs, The Scotsman, UK, 19 Jul 2004

Back to drawing board for Tiger -- Woods' putting just not up to Troon challenge, News24, South Africa, 19 Jul 2004

The yips frustrate golfers, and there is no known cure, NewsOK.com (subscription) OK, 18 Jul 2004

Blunder lets in Byrd -- Ted Purdy misses a short putt, Brisbane Courier Mail, Australia, 18 Jul 2004

Ernie Els rues inability to get the read on putts down the stretch, IrishExaminer.com (subscription), Ireland, 18 Jul 2004

Golf: Els haunted by missed birdie putt, Channel News Asia, Singapore, 18 Jul 2004

Moira Dunn earns maiden win at Giant Eagle LPGA Classic _- wields new Bettinardi Big Ben to take fewer putts per round -- 31, 27, 26, CBS Sportsline, 18 Jul 2004

King Crab Classic: Defending champion Kit Grove shoots 60 -- 12 one-putt greens, Anchorage Daily News (subscription) AK, 17 Jul 2004

Ryan Moore Wins Second Public Links Title with Steady Putting -- "Putting really creates momentum in match play and can really control the matches. If you know you can hit it to 15 feet and make the putt, it takes so much pressure off your irons and wedges.", Bradenton Herald, FL, 17 Jul 2004

Jonathan Byrd takes the lead at BC Open on rain-softened greens rolling true -- Robert Gamez takes 34 putts Thursday and only 23 Friday, Ocala Star-Banner, FL, 17 Jul 2004

Frank Vana wins MassAM championship after 18-year pursuit -- closes out Mike Cole 5-and-4 with a couple of long-range bombs with the flatstick, Berkshire Eagle, MA, 17 Jul 2004

Colina Montgomery playing well but ends round with a three-putt bogey, Edinburgh Evening News, UK, 17 Jul 2004

Mary Kay Sollberger takes Women's Am in match against Amy St John -- two-time champ St John: ""The crux of the whole match was putting. I had no feel at all for the greens. I felt like I three-putted everything.", Peoria Journal Star, IL, 17 Jul 2004

Michigan Women's Am, Senior Division: Judy Moleski relies on putter to win senior Am title -- "My putter was wonderful today. It saved me.", MLive.com, MI, 17 Jul 2004

Ernie Els' putting troubling him a little, Chicago Tribune (subscription), IL, 17 Jul 2004

Phil Mickelson bounces back with lowest-of-field 66 -- early hours on the practice green paying off, ic Wales, UK, 17 Jul 2004

Frank Vana Jr. wins MassAm over Mike Cole -- Cole's 11 one-putts kept him in the fight despite missing greens, but Vana's 26 of 32 GIRs prevails, The Republican, MA, 17 Jul 2004

Bill Brenan, Options around the green -- toe of putter, bellied wedge, three-wood putt, News 8 Austin, TX, 17 Jul 2004

Putting a putter to a pivotal test -- Crown Point lawyer Mike Galanis' TruStroke putting aid with infrared sensors to detect whether the face was square at impact -- promotional push begins, Gary Post Tribune, IN, 15 Jul 2004

Ohio Amateur, round 2: Adam Arnett's putter lets him down -- Wake Forest golfer Kyle Reifers leads while following in two-time-winner father's footsteps, Lancaster Eagle Gazette, OH, 15 Jul 2004

Metropolitan Golf Association MetLife Junior: Sun Ho Kim ousts MGA champion Mark Costanza -- Costanza's putter falters in late holes, The Journal News.com, NY, 15 Jul 2004

PubLinx: Local Minnesota-Wisconsin golfers eliminated -- so-so putting not good enough -- National Champs Gustavus Adolphus golfer Neil Johnson says the immaculate clothes, sunglasses, and "really expensive" FootJoys worn by top collegiate golfers at event made him feel "shabby" -- Danny Green and Ryan moore still in the mix, Twin Cities, MN, 15 Jul 2004

Brad Baker making noise at Ohio Amateur -- a tip from Chuck Rinkes, a fellow teacher and assistant golf coach at River View High School district, got his hands repositioned in grip and helped square up the putter, Coshocton Tribune, OH, 15 Jul 2004

Talking Golf with University of Washington signee Joe Panzeri: What's the worst thing about golf? "Putting. I hate putting.", IdahoStatesman.com, ID, 15 Jul 2004

Just a select few can master Troon -- Mickelson will have to avoid his putting letting him down, Ventura County Star, CA, 14 Jul 2004

Mass. Amateur notebook: Breakthrough for Andrew Boggini -- with his hot putter and long iron play, he figures he can hang with the best, Framingham Metro West Daily News, MA, 14 Jul 2004

Marlborough CC's Frank Vana cruises into match play at Mass. Am -- stay out of the rough, don't leave yourself long putts, Framingham Metro West Daily News, MA, 14 Jul 2004

US Amateur Public Links Championship: Wind doesn't blow Danny Green off course -- stellar long putting in the wind and two bogey-free rounds of 68-67 for stroke-play medalist, Pioneer Press (Subscription), MN, 14 Jul 2004

New Brunswick Junior Championship -- Kent State rookie Defender Marc Bourgeois suffers four 3-putts but leads with 72, Canada East, Canada, 14 Jul 2004

McCall's Marc Rhoades misses Publinx cut by 2 -- "I didn't putt very well.", IdahoStatesman.com, ID, 14 Jul 2004

AJGA Valero Texas Open junior Shootout: Nick Olivarri survives opening 3-putt bogey -- relaxes on the greens thereafter and putts well -- Morgan Pressel in girls event seeks 8th title but misses short putts everywhere -- trouble getting the green speed, San Antonio TX, 14 Jul 2004

Alberta PGA champ Brett Burgeson repeats despite poor putting -- 68-69 rounds could have been a lot lower -- many lip outs, Calgary Sun, Canada, 14 Jul 2004

A look back: 1968 American Golf Classic at Firestone: Jack Nicklaus at 28 hits 56 of 72 GIRs and holds off Lee Elder in a 5-hole playoff -- ranked only 69th of 76 players in putting, Nicklaus puts on an amazing putting display at the end, Akron Beacon Journal. OH, 14 Jul 2004

A look back: 1968 World Series of Golf at Firestone: Gary Player survives playoff after Bob Goalby blows chance to better Players bogey but three-putts, Akron Beacon Journal (subscription), OH, 14 Jul 2004

Nick Faldo ends his (very) brief experiment with the belly putter, sportinglife.com, UK, 14 Jul 2004

78th Western GA National Junior Championship, round 1 matches: Emily Johnson (15-year-old Indiana HS champ) has late ace that triggers comeback -- wins with 15-footer on 2nd playoff hole, Indianapolis Star, IN, 14 Jul 2004

Suzy Ellison: Keys to better putting, The State, SC, 14 Jul 2004

Colin Montgomerie strolls Troon in the evenings with his dad, putter in hand testing the greens, MSNBC, 14 Jul 2004

Bloomington-Normal Two-Man Best Position Tournament: Steve Glazebrook on a roll -- drills six putts outside 15 feet -- "I've never putted that well, and I'm not sure I've ever seen anyone putt that well.", Bloomington Pantagraph, IL, 14 Jul 2004

Two earn US Senior Open berths in the heat with great putting -- Ft Wayne's Gary Gant and Helendale CA's Mark Johnson, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, MO, 14 Jul 2004

Approach play tips: Keep your head with short iron in hand -- when the greens are so slick it's hard to stop a downhill putt, just keep the ball below the hole even if the uphillers are long, Houston Chronicle, TX, 14 Jul 2004

Precocious Aussie phenom Sarah Kemp (18) co-medals with NCAA Champ Brittany Lang in TRANS National -- frightens and destroys her opponents with short-game wizardry and wonderful putting, Charlottesville Daily Progress, VA, 14 Jul 2004

Sarah Kemp, Brittany Lang lead TRANS golfers into match play -- both say reading putts and making good strokes is the key -- Kemp uses local scratch golfer as caddie for home-court advantage on greens, Charlottesville Daily Progress, VA, 14 Jul 2004

NORTHWEST INDIANA: Crown Point lawyer Michael Galanis, Valparaiso U professor Dale Kempf develop high-tech putter _TruStroke Putter has blinking lights on face to indicate good and bad strokes, Munster Times, IN, 14 Jul 2004

Sergio Garcia working on game -- putts still lipping out, USA Today, 14 Jul 2004

Team Faldo's Henrietta Brockway accepts advice to change putting stroke from out-to-in to no worse than slightly-in going back and shaves 5 strokes off second round, Telegraph.co.uk, UK, 14 Jul 2004

David Duval flirts with belly putter but can't get to first base -- could not get comfortable -- "I'm not sure whether I need a bigger belly or a longer putter.", Telegraph.co.uk, UK, 13 Jul 2004

Twain Harte Chamber of Commerce Mini-Golf Pro-Am allows mini-golf pros to use their own putters but requires amateurs to use standard course putters, Union Democrat, CA, 13 Jul 2004

Florida State Am: Brad Quiri snags title -- runner-up Wistorf's putting way off -- "All day it was my putting... I couldn't make any of the putts I needed to.", Golden Gate Gazette, FL, 13 Jul 2004

Low-key BC Open -- last year's win by Craig Stadler saw his 63 with only 22 putts overcome Steve Lowery's 8-shot lead, PGA.com, 13 Jul 2004

Former Fort Frye HS golfer Tony O'Linn dominates Mid-Ohio Valley JGA event with a 67 - "I was hitting all the greens and making all the putts." -- including a 45-YARD birdie bomb followed on the next hole by a plain-jane 25-foot birdie, Marietta Times, OH, 13 Jul 2004

Callaway PR, Companynewsgroup (Comunicados de prensa), Spain, 13 Jul 2004

Hirano sisters Christina and Jennifer firing on all cylinders in junior golf -- Christina's hot putter yields pair of 68s, Contra Costa Times, CA, 13 Jul 2004

Nick Faldo calls for belly-putter ban, RTE Interactive, Ireland, 13 Jul 2004

Nick Faldo's Gut Feeling for Belly Putter, The Scotsman, UK, 13 Jul 2004

Mike Weir: "You can putt from anywhere" at Troon -- smashes a 130-yard putt to within 10 feet of the hole over wind-beaten turf, Toronto Star, Canada, 13 Jul 2004

1967: A look back: World Series of Golf at Firestone -- Jack Nicklaus comes from behind to win -- nobody played well but Nicklaus got his putter going, Akron Beacon Journal (subscription), OH, 13 Jul 2004

1967: A look back: American Golf Classic at Firestone -- Jack Nicklaus hits the most greens (52), Frank Wharton takes the fewest putts (27), Jack Lewis Jr. shoots amateur record score (68), and Arnold Palmer wins with a 67 to pass the career earnings $1 million mark, Akron Beacon Journal, OH, 13 Jul 2004

Wisconsin State Golf Association State Amateur Championship, first round: Putter places Racine's Jim Covelli in 2nd -- putting the best he has in a long time, Journal Times Online, WI, 13 Jul 2004

'No choice' for Nick Faldo but to belly up to new putter -- desparate for better putting performance and willing to try belly putter even if not traditional, Telegraph.co.uk, UK, 12 Jul 2004

Failure to putt well foils Simon Vale's bid at irvine Qualifier for the Open -- couldn't hole a putt -- 5 lip-outs in last 7 holes, ic Birmingham.co.uk, UK, 12 Jul 2004

Scots Colin Montgomerie and Paul Lawrie eager to perform well at Troon -- both positive about ballstriking after Scottish open but both also having trouble with putting, Glasgow Daily Record, UK, 12 Jul 2004

John Morgan's excellent charge with 25-footer on final hole to tie at JDC -- Mark Hensby prevails in playoff, Bristol Evening Post, UK, 12 Jul 2004

Jeff Clements, Jeff Frazier defend title at Charlie Stringfellow Better Ball at Carlisle Country Club with 65 that could have been a 62 -- Frazier: "I missed a lot of short putts.", Penn Live, PA, 12 Jul 2004

OU Sooner Brodie Flanders secures new Brunswick Amateur victory -- credits Dallas coaach Adam Schriber with fixing swing flaws caused by playing hockey, Canada East, Canada, 12 Jul 2004

Thomas Levet wins by one with 63 at Loch Lomond -- handles distraction on final winning putt -- Michael Campbell falls short after missing two birdie putts on final two holes, ic NorthWales, UK, 12 Jul 2004

Brett Kleinkopf runs away with Burley City Amateur as putter comes alive, Twin Falls Times-News, ID, 12 Jul 2004

Putter boosts Meg Mallon to Canadian Open win -- two Opens in a row, The Globe and Mail, Canada, 12 Jul 2004

Eben Harrell, Golf is a social game, and that's the problem -- once a golfer reaches the margins of his socially acceptable comfort zone, his performance goes funky -- routine putts get very challenging, Aspen Times, CO, 12 Jul 2004

Justin Leonard can pass into Troon history -- will he be remembered for more than the Ryder Cup putt? This is London, UK, 12 Jul 2004

Junior Golf Tour: 16-year-old Austin Price wins despite frsutration of hitting approaches to 10 feet all day and missing all the birdie putts, Biloxi Sun Herald, MS, 12 Jul 2004

Ben Hogan rusty in only Firestone visit in 1960 PGA Championship -- putting pretty poorly and missed second-level cut -- scorer Betty Watts commiserated: "I sure wish I could putt for you.", Akron Beacon Journal (subscription), OH, 12 Jul 2004

1966: A look back: World Series of Golf at Firestone -- Gene Littler's 22-foot birdie on first hole of sudden death wins over Al Geiberger and Jack Nicklaus -- Geiberger missed an 11-footer to prolong playoff -- Billy Casper missed a 19-footer on 72nd hole to join playoff, Akron Beacon Journal, OH, 12 Jul 2004

1966: A look back: PGA Championship at Firestone -- Al Geiberger holds on to 4-shot margin for win -- Gary Player missed a pair of two-footers that cost him $5,000 -- Tony Lema dies in plane crash after final round, Akron Beacon Journal (subscription), OH, 12 Jul 2004

Celebrity Players Tour: Vince Coleman follows up 68 with an 84 -- Former Bronco running back Terrell Davis misses a one-foot birdie putt: Your're telling me that's not pressure?", Boulder Daily Camera, CO, 12 Jul 2004

Rick Rhoden rolls for third time in a row in Elway Classic on Celebrity Players Tour at Interlocken Resort -- Rhoden: "The greens are great." -- runner-up Al Del Greco: "My putting just killed me.", Denver Post, CO, 12 Jul 2004

Frank Linquist tops Jamie Hogan for 2nd straight win after Hogan's 8-footer fails to break -- Linquist: "My putting has been saving me the last month or so." -- Hogan: "My ballstriking's turning the corner, and it's just a matter of how many putts go in.", RR Star, 12 Jul 2004,

Three tied for lead at 9 under on Nationwide Tour -- Kyle Thompson backs up as Kevin Stadler and Chris Tidland surge -- Stadler takes just 26 putts and makes three birdie putts of more than 20 feet, Pioneer Press (Subscription), MN, 11 Jul 2004

1965: A look back: World Series of Golf at Firestone: Gary Player clinches win with 50-foot birdie at 17th hole, Akron Beacon Journal (subscription), OH, 11 Jul 2004

1965: A look back: American Golf Classic at Firestone: Al Geiberger wins with a putter he doesn't like -- "I've changed putters four or five times recently. I still don't like the one I used here. But then, I never make any putts with putters I like.", Akron Beacon Journal, OH, 11 Jul 2004

Argentine Jose Coceres in control at John Deere -- 16 GIRs and 31 putts -- 3-putts final hole -- Greg Chalmers challenging, Ottawa Sun, Canada, 11 Jul 2004

UNCW Seahawk golfer Marc-Andre Roy tops them all at Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club -- LSU Tiger golfer Jeremiah Shield finishes 4th but is DQd for angrily swiping at ball after a missed putt and taking a divot from the green, Ottawa Sun, Canada, 11 Jul 2004

Canadian Tour: Duo duking it out at Pine Ridge -- Erik Compton and David Hearn go head-to-head with 13 joint birdies -- lots of tap-ins and one 3-putt miscue from Hearn, Winnipeg Sun, Canada, 11 Jul 2004

Up to par for the 96th Massachussets Amateur at Taconic GC on Williams College campus -- old, undulating greens will start at 10 on Stimp and get faster, Framingham Metro West Daily News, MA, 11 Jul 2004

Massachusetts Amateur play begins tomorrow for talented field of 144 -- greens at Taconic GC are hard and fast, pins tucked, and approach shots will be critical, Berkshire Eagle, MA, 11 Jul 2004

Vince Coleman steals lead at John Elway Classic on Celebrity Players Tour -- 45-event-winner Rick Rhoden putting great -- will have neck surgery then recoup for November Q-School try, Boulder Daily Camera, CO, 11 Jul 2004

Jeff Donaldson sizzles in first round of River-Cade with red hot putter he was on verge of abandoning -- just 9 putts for front 9, Sioux City Journal, IA, 11 Jul 2004

Ernie Els peeved with snap-happy pjotographers distracting his putting, TVNZ, New Zealand, 11 Jul 2004

Ted Speller, Tim Kerfoot reign in the rain -- switch order of putting and team for only 10 putts on back nine after rain delay at Bloomington-Normal Two-Man Best Position Golf Tournament, Bloomington Pantagraph, IL, 11 Jul 2004

Chris Mehl endures for win at All-City: 7-foot birdie putt sinks former club champ -- "I give it to these greens. A lot of putts today I probably didn't hit that well, but they were rolling true. It seemed like if you mishit a putt, it would still track to the hole.", In-Forum, 11 Jul 2004

David Bell rejoins competition after layoff and again dominates at Charlottesville City Championship -- extreme hand-eye coordination and talent, Charlottesville Daily Progress, VA, 11 Jul 2004

David Bell holds lead in Charlottesville City Championship by one despite hiccups with putter -- misses several birdies putts inside 10 feet, Charlottesville Daily Progress, VA, 11 Jul 2004

Kevin Wassmer relying again on old 'Pal' -- puts 1988 Ping Pal 5 back in his bag and sets course record at 62 with 27 putts in Evansville City Championship, Evansville Courier & Press (subscription), IN, 11 Jul 2004

TCGA Amateur Championship: Sizzling putter puts Jake Sladish in command -- uses putter borrowed from a friend years ago -- playing companion says: "Jake, don't let that putter touch the ground -- it'll burn the grass.", Press & Sun-Bulletin, NY, 11 Jul 2004

A couple of 3-putts and Bill Haas misses the cut at JDC, Quad City Times, IA, 11 Jul 2004

Putting fest tightens Nationwide Tour, Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription), MN, 11 Jul 2004

Club Pros: Ron Philo uses only 9 putts on back nine and earns trip to PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, Boston Herald, MA, 11 Jul 2004

Junior Kyle Henderson's work on flatstick with coach Gary Anderson yet to catch up with the rest of his game, Leesburg Daily Commercial, FL, 11 Jul 2004

Oklahoma Sooner Brodie Flanders takes command at midway point in New Brunswick Am -- 68 has some good putting, some bad -- Adam Chamberlain's solid putting Thursday turns sour Friday with seven three-putts, Canada East, Canada, 10 Jul 2004
Meg Mallon holds on to one-shot lead in Canadian Open -- Lorena Ochoa one back despite a 3-putt from 15 feet, and Dawn Coe-Jones right behind Ochoa seeing the line of her putts, The Australian, Australia, 10 Jul 2004

Gregory Havret in Scottish Open lead -- stellar 64 with very consistent putting -- Ian Poulter one back missing putts in the 12-20 foot range -- Tom Lehman scoring low but still struggling with his putter, The Australian, Australia, 10 Jul 2004

First-round leader Gil Morgan's putting waffles on second day, Duluth News Tribune, MN, 10 Jul 2004

Course-record 62 stuns Kyle Thompson -- former USC Gamecock hits 17 GIRs and sinks 10 birdie putts all inside 15 feet -- just puring shots right at the flag all day on Nationwide Tour, Pioneer Press (Subscription), MN, 10 Jul 2004

1964: A look back: World Series of Golf at Firestone -- Arnold Palmer starts with a couple of three-putts and gets disgusted, falls out of contention despite being pre-tournament favorite with 42 wins, Akron Beacon Journal (subscription), OH, 10 Jul 2004

Steve Irwin adds name to Colorado Match Play winner's plaque with father Hale -- learned a putting stroke after shoulder surgery -- use left hand and just putt the right hand on for a ride -- 10 birdies in 16 holes, Boulder Daily Camera, CO, 10 Jul 2004

Irwin name again linked to CGA match play title -- wife's putting tip at the break helps Steve Irwin roll to championship with astonishing putts, Rocky Mountain News, CO, 10 Jul 2004

Adam Scott seeks major turnaround -- hopes "disgraceful" putting at Royal St George is behind him, Fox Sports, Australia, 10 Jul 2004

Gary McCord benefits from DA Weibring's tip to be more patient in putting -- gets around with only 24 putts for a 64, Detroit Free Press, MI, 10 Jul 2004

Canadian Tour: David Hearn rides birdie train to top of leaderboard with 8-birdie, no-bogey 63 -- Rob Oppenheim in 3rd as the putts are falling this week, Winnipeg Sun, Canada, 10 Jul 2004

Canadian Tour: Cruel cut for 'Tobans -- only 2 of 22 Manitobans make the cut -- Jason Hrynkiw and David McMillan -- poor putting, Winnipeg Sun, Canada, 10 Jul 2004

Three-putts, poor putting stifle Vijay Singh at JDC -- lost green speed after mid-round rain -- 17 putts on back 9, Quad City Times, IA, 10 Jul 2004

Nationwide Tour: Kyle Thompson sets course record with 62 -- 17 GIRs and 29 putts -- Virginia Tech's Brandon de jonge of Zimbabwe has 9 birdies, 7 inside 10 feet, Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription), MN, 10 Jul 2004

Phil Mickelson misses Scottish Open cut with 32 putts -- reviewing playing notes in preparation for Troon, Guardian, UK, 9 Jul 2004

Paul Lawrie glad to be back with coach Adam Hunter after 68 outshines Mickelson and Clarke -- took Darren Clarke's advice to shorten his putting backstroke, Glasgow Daily Record, UK, 9 Jul 2004

Ferrari-loving Ian Poulter races into lead -- but missing putts, Daily Times, Pakistan, 9 Jul 2004

Phil Mickelson: putting well in the wind needed for British Open victory, Independent, UK, 9 Jul 2004

British Open champion Ben Curtis missed a half-dozen putts inside 8 feet on the soft and bumpy greens at Loch Lomond -- missed cut with finish of 3 straight bogeys, Fort Wayne News Sentinel, IN, 9 Jul 2004

Staying close at Hilton Head junior tourney -- Ben Kishigian hopes solid putting will get him first AJGA win, Hilton Head Island Packet, SC, 9 Jul 2004

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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