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2004 4th Quarter - October thru December

Never Compromise Voodoo Daddy Center Shaft, Golf-Gear-Review.com (press release), PA, 30 Dec 2004

Mark Wilson returns to PGA Tour with a 25-foot birdie putt on the last hole of the last round of Q-School, Lake Country Reporter, WI, 30 Dec 2004

Sergio Garcia needs to fix his putting -- 129th in putts per GIR, 192nd in total putts, Las Vegas Sun, NV, 30 Dec 2004

New Zealander Simon Moore's Puku Belly Putter lines up US sales, Stuff.co.nz, New Zealand, 29 Dec 2004

Judy Rankin predicts the players and the trends that will make news in 2005 -- The long-shafted putter is here to stay -- too many tournaments won with them to ban now, Golf For Women Magazine, 28 Dec 2004

ShotLink Stats: Field Avg: 3' 99.1%, 4' 90.9%, 5' 80.8%, 6' 69.8% -- Inside 3': best Nick Price, John Cook, Craig Parry (missed 0 all year), worst Alex Cjeka (missed 14 all year) -- Fredrik Jacobsen 6' 89.4%, inside 10' 89.8% (best) -- 9-10': best Cliff Kresge 65.1% -- 10-15': Mark O'Meara 43.4% best -- 15-20' 18.9% avg -- 25'+: best Patrick Sheehan 10.1%, avg 5.8%, 4th worst Phil Mickelson (only 7 all year) -- 3-putts: Retief Goosen 1.4% best, Scott Hend 5.6% (79 all year) worst -- First putts after wedge to green: from 75-100 yards -- Scott Hoch 13'8" best, 18'1" avg -- Greenside bunker shots: avg 1st putt after bunker shot 9'10", avg up-and-down 49.1%, Orlando Sentinel, FL, 22 Dec 2004

Christina Kim and the free-spirit approach to golf -- "She is carried away by her emotions a little bit," says Judy Rankin, "but it's good-natured, happy-to-be-alive stuff." Kim agrees: "If you're missing putts, something is holding you back. But if you're feeling free, that's when the good plays start coming out.", Golf for Women, 22 Dec 2004

Never too old for a new trick -- lag to 2-foot target, keep back- and thru-strokes symmetric and not flippy or jabby, ic NorthWales, UK, 21 Dec 2004

A just reward for golfer who penalized himself -- Mike Hebron as caddy inadvertantly touches the cup in 1st of six rounds and cost Pat McGowan 2-stroke penalty in Champions Q-School -- McGowan calls the penalty on himself but makes the grade anyway, New York Newsday, NY, 21 Dec 2004

Kiyoshi Miyazoto wins title at Okinawa Open after making up 8-shot deficit -- Scott Barr and Charlie Wi both miss birdie putts on last hole to tie, Sun Network, India, 21 Dec 2004

My Sport: Peter Alliss -- Worst sporting moment: Missing a four-foot putt on the 18th hole at Wentworth in 1953, which cost GBI the Ryder Cup, Telegraph.co.uk, UK, 21 Dec 2004

Wristy Christy O'Connor at 80 still simply the best swinger in town -- glory days in 1957 defeating Dow Fintserwald in Ryder Cup singles -- all square at lunch, Christy changed to a lighter putter and went out blazing with six birdies on the back, IrishExaminer, Ireland, 21 Dec 2004

Player of the Year headed to the Big Show: Jimmy Walker emerges from the shadows on the Nationwide Tour -- erratic off the tee, Walker's putter saved him as he ranked sixth in putting average (1.744 putt per round), which in turn helped him finish fifth in scoring average, PGA.com, 19 Dec 2004

Cobra Golf introduces two models of its new Inner Mallet (IM) putter, PGA.com, 18 Dec 2004

Kirk Currie teams up with Wilson for new KC2005 putter line, Nevada City Union, CA, 18 Dec 2004

The Sports Network - PGA Tour 2004 Year in Review, 18 Dec 2004

The Sports Network - LPGA Tour 2004 Year in Review, 18 Dec 2004

The Sports Network - European PGA Tour 2004 Year in Review, 18 Dec 2004

The Sports Network - Champions Tour 2004 Year in Review, 18 Dec 2004

The Sports Network - Nationwide Tour 2004 Year in Review, 18 Dec 2004

Desert Seniors Set To Putt Their Stuff -- Annual Kraft Nabisco Championship Senior Putting Competition Kicks Off On Jan. 7, RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif, 17 Dec 2004

Bad-tempered Ricky Barnes fined for emotional outbursts at Australian Masters -- slamming clubs, dogging putts -- five-putted the 15th hole from 4 feet, carelessly knocking the ball around with his putter without bothering to line up -- playing partner Richard Green ignored distracting antics and went on to win, Sydney Morning Herald, Australia, 17 Dec 2004

Cottonwood Falls CC -- Old-fashioned golf course touts greens made of sand -- built in 1923, Lawrence Journal World, KS, 17 Dec 2004

Jasjeet Singh poised to win Royal Challenge Cup -- not happy with his putting though -- Chirag Kumar close behind and putting lights out -- cans some 15 footers, Indian Express, India, 17 Dec 2004

Small military newspapers open window on serving in Iraq, Afghanistan -- "They're installing putt-putt golf courses and a roller hockey rink in the middle of the desert.", Wisconsin State Journal, WI, 16 Dec 2004

Bob Ralston captures his second straight victory in the Srixon PGA tournament series -- "I'm in a nice groove that has lasted a long time. I just didn't putt well at the Champions Tour qualifier last month. That was a real disappointment.", PGA.com, 16 Dec 2004

Golf Digest -- Champion equipment in 2004 -- Putter: Yes! Golf's C-Groove Tracy putter by Harold Swash -- used by Retief Goosen in the US Open where he one-putted 11 times in the final round, GolfDigest.com, 16 Dec 2004

Royal Challenge RCGC Cup at the Royal Calcutta Golf Club, round 2: Jasjeet Singh outwits the rest of field to lead -- Overnight leader Gagan Verma had a disappointing day as the putter, which was his strength on the opening day, let him down -- missed 3 consecutive putts inside 8 feet, India Express, India, 16 Dec 2004

The Putt-Her putter: Denver mortgage broker Chris Wehrle sticks a scantily clad model's picture on the putter shaft and voila, he's a putter seller, Off Limits, Westword, CO, 16 Dec 2004

In the News: 2005 Masters Field shaping up -- Tommy Armour III's missed 3-foot putt on last hole of last full-field event in year cost Joey Sindelar a Master's Invitation -- winning 2004 Wachovia Championship not enough to get to Augusta, PGA.com, 15 Dec 2004

Crucial shots in 2004: Master's: Phil Mickelson's 15-footer on 16th for lead and birdie putt to win Masters on 18th; US Open: Mickelson's 3-putt to lose; British Open: Mickelson's missed 4-footer to lose; Torrey Pines: Luke Donald and Chris Riley missing inside 6 feet to lose; Las Vegas: Tom lehman's missed par putt on 17th from 3 feet to lose, PGA.com, 15 Dec 2004

Peter O'Malley's putter to get work out, Bathhurst Western Advocate, Australia, 15 Dec 2004

Buy gadgets for sports lovers on your gift lists -- fishing reel putter with ball on a line, The Grand Rapids Press, MI, 15 Dec 2004

MacGregor V Foil Putters run hot at Australian Masters -- Greg Norman likes how it helps set his eyes, iseekgolf, Australia, 14 Dec 2004

Tiger Roars Back Into Winning Form -- ballstriking good, putting poor -- "I just didn't make any putts today.", WRAL.com, NC, 13 Dec 2004

Odyssey Steel Putter #5, Golf-Gear-Review.com (press release), PA, 13 Dec 2004

Charleston Senior AM: Tommy Ford comes through -- "I drove the ball beautifully," Ford said. "I had a lot of confidence. I had 26 putts the first round, 30 the second round and probably 30 today. I made some good, crucial putts. When you drive the ball well and make putts, you're going to score well." Charlston.net, SC, 13 Dec 2004

Tiger Woods wins by 2 despite missing birdie putts on final 3 closing holes -- "Obviously, I didn't putt well. I just couldn't get the ball on line.", Ventura County Star, CA, 13 Dec 2004

Charl Schwartzel captures Dunhill in playoff over Neil Cheetham -- who wants it? -- Cheetham 3-jacks 15th and 16th to gift lead -- Schwartzel then 3-putts 17th and 18th to let Cheetham back in, Ventura County Star, CA, 13 Dec 2004

Girls Division of the David Leadbetter International Junior Golf Invitational Championship: Leadbetter training pays off well for Marika Lendl with winning 69 -- "I putted out of my mind." -- Ivan Lendl's daughter coached by Tim Sheredy, Bradenton Herald, FL, 13 Dec 2004

Aussie Terry Pilkadaris loses playoff at Volvo Masters of Asia -- Jyoti Randhawa sinks 8-footer on 18th to tie, cans a long one and pressures Pilkadaris to miss a winner from 7 feet on the 1st playoff hole, then sinks 15-footer on 2nd playoff hole to win, iseekgolf,.com, Australia, 12 Dec 2004

Richard Green produces a stunning approach shot to win the Australian Masters in a playoff from David McKenzie and Greg Chalmers at Huntingdale -- McKenzie got into playoff with a 15-foot birdie putt on final hole, The Malaysia Star, Malaysia, 13 Dec 2004

Jyoti burns brightest at the end -- superb putting at the end, Times of India, India, 12 Dec 2004

Finding his golf game: Stan Utley at the PGA Summit, Palm beach Post, FL, 12 Dec 2004

Nothing dull about David McKenzie -- narrow miss on a 60-footer at Q-School denies him PGA Tour card but he bounces right back to climb into playoff in Australian Masters, Melbourne Herald Sun, Australia, 12 Dec 2004

Shiv Kapur sinks a 35-foot birdie putt to win a thrilling three-way play-off on the first play-off hole to win the second Amby Valley PGAI Tour title at the Surya Nepal Masters golf meet on Sunday, The Telegraph - Calcutta, India, 12 Dec 2004

Nightmare on the final hole for two-time masters champ Bradley Hughes -- needing par to win and bogey to join playoff, Hughes 3-putts for double bogey, The Australian, Australia, 12 Dec 2004

Golf Roundup -- Tiger Woods 3-putting at the Target Challenge, Chicago Daily Southtown, IL, 12 Dec 2004

Gifts: The fastest way to improve that balky putting stroke and lose unwanted three-putts is to visit Steve Scharnhorst at Tee to Green Golf -- a golfer can shave strokes by counterbalancing his putter and "taking the wiggle out" -- He guarantees it's no gimmick, Sun Herald MS, 12 Dec 2004

A dream comes true for Rob Rashell -- former walkon at UW who has paid the journeyman's dues gets his PGA Tour card in style -- best putter last year on European Tour, Everett Herald, WA, 12 Dec 2004

Aussie Scott Hend gets a break -- on the Q-school curtline, his approach overshot the green and bounced on the rocks along the water and landed in the grass -- his chipped to 8 feet and made the putt to get his card, Myrtle Beach Sun News, SC, 12 Dec 2004

NZ Women's Am: Sarah Nicholson at 19 stands firm to win final in windy conditions -- , Stuff.co.nz, New Zealand, 11 Dec 2004

Heavy PutterT hires Steve Zunich as sales head, WorldGolf Wire, South Salem, NY, 30 Nov 2004

Golfers sing praises of country club feline -- adopted kitten Caddy a star on golf course practice green -- left some chicken on that bone? -- no problemo, Caddy putts it the rest of the way into the hole for you, SunHerald.com, MS, 10 Dec 2004

Australian Masters -- Bradley Hughes renews love affair with Huntingdale -- lightning stops play when Hughes faced a 6-footer standing at 7 under -- resumed at 6:50 am and went to 8 under for first round -- "No, I actually didn't work on that putt," he said later referring to the first putt of the morning. "I was determined not to get too focused on it and in fact didn't go near my marker until the whistle blew this morning then just recommenced my normal routine with a putt.", iseekgolf.com, Australia, 10 Dec 2004

Dunhill Championship: Vijay Singh's nemesis returns -- bad putting -- missing par putts -- after hitting a flop shot to 4 feet for birdie, Singh 3-putted for bogey and ends with 74 and last place -- John Daly sinks monster putts of 70 and 45 feet early in round before collapsing with triple and double bogey for 73, Monterey Herald, CA, 10 Dec 2004

Dunhill Championship: Swede Peter Gustafsson shines in South Africa with opening 69 for lead -- "My putter is working extremely well at the moment, and that is the only reason why I seem to be doing well." -- completes round in a hurry at Leopard Creek to get away from the dangerous snakes lurking in the brush, Scotsman, UK, 10 Dec 2004

Pro-Circuit putt return machine a big seller at $59 at Austad's Golf in Fargo, In-Forum, ND, 10 Dec 2004

Volvo Masters, Kuala Lumpur: Jyoti Randhawa fires career-best 63, Randhawa fires career-best in Volvo Masters -- "I played great. I didn't miss any green and putted nicely. My mental focus was good. I didn't hit a bad shot today, it was almost perfect golf, Express India, India, 10 Dec 2004

Nepal Masters: Rafiq Ali strikes early form, leads field -- looks for two wins in a row -- Vijay Kumar, once undisputed king of Indian golf, dethroned by putting problems, Indian Express, India, 10 Dec 2004

Got the yips? Here's a tip: Start with one-foot putts, USA Today, VA, 9 Dec 2004

Eminem and Marilyn Manson, Together at Last -- "Dr. Dre, I've got a question, if I may: / Is it gay to play putt-putt golf with a friend / And watch his butt-butt when he tees off...?", Harvard Independent, MA, 9 Dec 2004

Target World Challenge: Tiger Woods on decision to change swing last spring: "I won at La Costa, but I won because I putted great. I hit it all over the map. My iron play was not what it normally is, and I just made everything. Even though I won the tournament, I knew that I wasn't going to do it for the rest of the year, so I had to start changing a few things." -- openly describes Mark O'Meara as his coach now, iseekgolf, Australia, 9 Dec 2004

Australian Masters: Perfect putting puts Robert Allenby in command -- Allenby cursed himself for dashing out of his US home without the copper-coloured putter that worked like a magic wand in the four-man sudden-death playoff here 12 months ago -- "Don't ask me why because I'm stupid. I just forgot. I was in a hurry to get out of the house, was running late and forgot to grab it," he said. "I bought myself a putter, a Titleist, at The Australian (in Sydney) a couple of weeks ago. It was ok, but I didn't putt very well there (Australian Open). If I had putted even half-decent, I could have won the tournament. I took a little bit of weight out of the head. I got the drill onto it and put a few holes in it. It feels a lot better. The greens are normally pretty quick down here in Australia and I just need something that is going to make me get through the ball. I used to change my putter like I change my jocks, every three weeks, but I try to stick to two putters in particular.", Advertiser, Australia, 9 Dec 2004

Dunhill Championship: Ernie Els starts well with 67 as surprise packet bruce McDonald leads with 66 -- Els' sides of 35-32 -- "I couldn't get a putt going on the front nine but there aren't so many birdie opportunities there like there are on the back nine where there are three par fives." Europeantour.com, 9 Dec 2004

DLGA players making moves -- DLGA Director David Whelan's student Paula Creamer wins LPGA Qualifier -- Sean O'Hair gains Nationwide privileges -- came to Bradenton Leadbetter Academy at 15 from Arizona, Bradenton Herald, FL, 9 Dec 2004

When Hanover Area senior Eric Plisko's not sinking putts he's sinking jumpers -- Time leader Golfer of the Year spends the frozen season on the hardwood waiting for the courses to thaw, Wilkes Barre Times-Leader, PA, 9 Dec 2004

Australian Masters: Stuart Appleby facing a battle with jet-lag fatigue but considers game in top form for Huntingdale -- "Obviously I'd like to roll the ball a little bit better and putt a little bit better than I did last week.", Border Mail, Australia, 8 Dec 2004

Australian Masters: Adam Scott gets help from Greg Norman on his putting in advance of Huntingdale -- "I was getting it so short (backswing) that I was pulling every putt. I had to keep aiming further and further right to compensate. On these greens, you really need to be rolling the ball well. It just gets away from me sometimes before I pick up on it and realise I'm in a bad habit. I think I have probably worked so hard on my swing for the last few weeks that my putting has slipped away. Hopefully, I have that straightened out for this week because it's hard to take when you play well and putt poorly.", Melbourne Herald Sun, Australia, 8 Dec 2004

Australian Masters: Jet-lagged Stuart Appleby set for Masters assault -- "Last year I was a little sloppy, I didn't putt very well here, I hit some good shots but I didn't hit a lot of great shots. (This year) I'm hitting the ball a lot better, a lot more solid, my putting feels a lot better than last year." ABC Online, Australia, 8 Dec 2004

Fickle putter saves Craig Barlow at Q-School -- holes birdie putts on last two holes from 20 and 10 feet to earn full card, Las Vegas Sun, NV, 8 Dec 2004

Ian Rowden moves from golf to burgers -- top Callaway global marketer 2000-2004, former Coke global marketer, now moving the meat for Wendy's -- graduate of University of Wollongong in Sydney, Restaurant News Resource, Canada, 8 Dec 2004

Review: Callaway Golf Milled Tour Blue 2 Putter, Golfmagic.com, 7 Dec 2004

Clutch putts earn tour cards, Albuquerque Tribune, NM, 7 Dec 2004

Scott Hend regains PGA Tour status -- six-foot par putt on last hole makes it on the number, Townsville Bulletin, Australia, 7 Dec 2004

Hugs, heartaches at PGA Q-school -- Bill Haas had a birdie putt on all but one hole on the back nine of the Stadium Course but converted only one of them, shot 71 and missed his card by two shots, Lowell Sun, MA, 7 Dec 2004

ESPN.com/Golf Digest: Ryan Moore could become the next great American golfer -- feel player not obsessed with mechanics and a "magical" putter, ESPN, 7 Dec 2004

Melborne golfer cashes in at Japan's Nippon Cup -- Paul Sheehan wins $1 million and 5-year Japan Tour exemption once his putter heated up -- "I started holing putts and played really well over the last three days.", Melborne Herald Sun, Australia, 7 Dec 2004

Putt-Putt herd finds new homes after sellout to Starbuck's -- Giant Pachyderm carted off on trailer to elephant-collector's house -- Giraffe goes to Day Care Center, Rock Hill Herald, SC, 7 Dec 2004

35 Players Qualify to Play PGA Events -- Canada's David Hearn squanders six shots and drops to the cut line until coming up with two of the biggest putts of his career -- a 15-foot par save on the 17th and a 40-foot birdie from the fringe on the final hole -- Bill Haas misses birdie putts on 8 of last 9 holes to miss card by 2 -- Bob Burns 3-putts last hole to miss card by 1, Durant Daily Democrat, OK, 7 Dec 2004

Ashland OR native Jason Allred makes the PGA Tour cut with 13th place finish -- wobble start on final round capped off with a 30-footer on 9th and a 45-footer on 18th using claw style, Oregonian, OR, 7 Dec 2004

Palatka HS standout Sean Pacetti's Tour bid dies on last hole -- coming in on the cut line, a birdie putt on 16th died on the lip -- needed only a par on 18th hole to get the card, his shot hit the water and he three-putted for triple bogey, Palatka Daily News, FL, 7 Dec 2004

Former Clemson Tigers DJ Trahan, Lucas Glover secure PGA Tour cards -- shot of the day: Glover on 18th hole to 2 feet for birdie to secure card by 1 shot, Charleston Post Courier, SC, 7 Dec 2004

PGA card eludes former JSU star Tim O'Neal -- needed only a birdie on 18th hole, his 15-footer grazed the lip, Jackson Clarion Ledger, MS, 7 Dec 2004

Canadian David Hearn finishes off Q-School win with a bang -- rolls in dramatic 40-footer from the fringe on last hole -- "I don't think I've ever come close to making a putt that dramatic. I've made some good putts in my day, but nothing from that length with a PGA Tour card on the line.", The Globe and Mail, Canada, 7 Dec 2004

It's not easy to make grade in Q School -- Tim O'Neal's putter cost him dearly -- O'Neal three-putted the Stadium's par-3 sixth hole for bogey, and he missed a 10-footer for birdie on his last hole -- misses card by 1, San Diego Union Tribune, CA, 7 Dec 2004

Former Central Connecticut State golfer Kyle Gallo misses PGA card by one stroke as last-hole 25-foot birdie attempt slides by, New Britain Herald, CT, 7 Dec 2004

South Korean Charlie Wi earns PGA Tour card on the cutoff mark of seven-under 425 by dropping a tension packed bogey putt at 18 for his spot, Channelnewsasia.com, Singapore, 7 Dec 2004

Doug Barron returning to PGA -- 3-putts last hole but still lands on the cutline, commercialappeal.com, Memphis, TN, 7 Dec 2004

Greenville NC native Will MacKenzie earns PGA Tour card -- started last round in 6th place but shot final 77 to just make it on the line -- "I just putted badly." -- 3-putted 16th and needed par on last to survive -- lagged 50-footer to 6 inches for par, Greenville Reflector, NC, 7 Dec 2004

PGA Tour in cards for Mario Tiziani -- birdies 16th from 15 feet and 17th from 20 feet to earn card with 1 stroke to spare, Wisconsin State Journal, WI, 7 Dec 2004

International Junior Golf Academy standout Kristin Wetzel dazzled this year -- numerous wins included come-from-behind victory in mid-July taken with a 70-foot lag to tap-in, Hilton Head Island Packet, SC, 7 Dec 2004

Tim O'Neal misses card by 1 -- 3-putts a par-3 then misses a 4-footer on next hole and his birdie try from 15 feet on final hole misses right, ESPN, 6 Dec 2004

Final dramas at Q-School -- 7-under earns the card -- David Hearn starts final round in 2nd but drops shots all day and needs a 2-putt from fringe from 45 feet on last hole to earn card -- he one-putts -- Craig Barlow at 6-under with 2 to play birdies last 2 holes from 15 and 12 feet -- Charlie Wi needing a 2-putt from 30 feet misses by 6 feet but makes the kneeknocking comebacker to finish on the number -- Scott Weatherly misses last-chance birdie but gives Dean Wilson the read he needs to sink his birdie putt for 7-under -- Tim O'Neal's last-hole putt for birdie and 7-under misses right -- Tom Gillis cans an 8-footer on 18th hole for 7-under -- David Mckenzie at 6-under on 17th tee missed his birdie by inches then had a 40-footer for birdie on 18th that also just missed, ESPN, 6 Dec 2004

Ninety-eight-year-old Merrimack Golf Course in Methuen, Mass. -- Donald Ross gem to be restored by George Sargent -- Ross' small greens with 5-7 percent slope to be remodeled to 2-3 percent slope, Cybergolf, 6 Dec 2004

Steph George gains partial card on LPGA Tour -- "It makes a big difference when you can putt." -- misses full card by 2 -- "I had two four-putts (during the tournament), which I'd never done before. It was quite embarrassing, but I was able to stick with it.", Lebanon Daily News, PA, 6 Dec 2004

Has "Three-Pete" Lonard finally put to rest his stigma as merely an average putter?, The Courier-Mail, Bisbane, Australia, 6 Dec 2004

Nick Faldo's longtime Swedish caddie Fanny Sunesson retires -- no more lining up Nicko's putts from behind, U.TV, UK, 6 Dec 2004

NMDX balls: NanoDynamics says its NDMX technology is designed to transfer the energy received from a club head without producing internal weight shifting that would make the ball wobble and stray off-line -- Company hopes to achieve several improvements, including reduced spin velocity to lessen the tendency of a golf ball to hook or slice; straighter drives and truer putts; better roll characteristics on the green; and less initial hop off the putter, AustralianIT, Australia, 6 Dec 2004

Marc's Golf Service: Marc Machado's club repair business buys $85,000 CNC machine to make custom putters -- services include putter fitting, The Desert Sun, CA, 6 Dec 2004

19-year-old Brittany Lincicome of Seminole nabs LPGA spot -- Former Duke golfer Beth Bauer of Tampa loses fully-exempt status in 2004 but regains it with T-7 Q-School performance despite 6 3-putts, St. Petersburg Times, FL, 6 Dec 2004

Now personalized putters for university golf teams from PutterSpirit.com, WorldGolf.com, Carlsbad CA, 1 Dec 2004

Ping tees up for Japanese assembly plant, MSNBC, 6 Dec 2004

Golf's elite making way to Tiger Wood's target Challenge at Sherwood CC -- Jim Furyk's arthroscopic surgery on his left wrist in March sidelined him 3 months but now back strong, Ventura County Star (subscription), CA, 6 Dec 2004

LPGA Qualifying: Kris Tamulis falls short -- drops from 18th to finish 32nd with 76 -- putting not up to the challenge -- "I wish I could have gotten more putts to fall." -- earns conditional status for tour, Naples Daily News, FL, 6 Dec 2004

Bartlesville OK secures club / putter manufacturer DeLaCruz, Joplin Globe, MO, 5 Dec 2004

Miguel Angel Jimenez Wins Hong Kong Open by 1 over Padraig Harrington and James Kingston -- Kingston sank a 35-footer for the lead on 17th but Jiminez topped from 25-feet to even it up -- Kingston then bogeyed 18th to lose by one to Jiminez's par -- Harrington had a 25-footer to tie on 18th but missed -- "I putted badly all day. I probably missed six very makable putts in the round and that's what cost me.", Orlando Sentinel, FL, 5 Dec 2004

Australian PGA Championship: Peter Lonard makes it three in a row -- pretty strong putting in the 15-foot range -- Bob Estes fades down the stretch, iseekgolf, Australia, 5 Dec 2004

Four Hall of Famers are genuine good putters, SunHerald.com, MS, 5 Dec 2004

Australian PGA: Peter Lonard brings up title hat-trick -- T-2 finisher James Nitties finished one back after bogeying last hole: "I didn't hit it that well but I felt I putted well and it was a putting contest out there.", Sydney Morning Herald, Australia, 5 Dec 2004

Players fight heat in South Africa -- 36 degrees centigrade / 97 Farenheit -- Lee Westwood edges ahead of Stuart Appleby -- Jim Furyk has best-round 66 -- Appleby: "You have to coax a good score out of this course. The putter has got to do the talking, and Jim's round showed that grabbing the course by the scruff of the neck is not going to work.", Winnipeg Sun, Canada, 5 Dec 2004

Wilson wants to swing with the big dogs again -- shifting from game-improvement "Joe Average" golfer focus to more accomplished amateurs -- revamped line to include custom putters, Charlotte Observer, NC, 5 Dec 2004

Australian PGA: Peter Lonard's repeating swing carries "ordinary putter" to victory, Sportal.com.au, Australia, 5 Dec 2004

Putt-putt gives golfers psychedelic trip, DetNews.com, MI, 5 Dec 2004

European Challenge Tour in Panama: Michael Hoey to the Fore after a Brilliant 66 -- missed his full European Tour Card by a single shot at The 2004 European Tour Qualifying School Finals, and says that, despite the initial disappointment since then he has been working hard on his putting with his coach: “I started putting well in the last four rounds of the School three weeks ago, putted good in Mexico last week.", European Tour, UK, 5 Dec 2004

LPGA Qualifying: Determined Kris Tamulis tied for 18th after a 74 -- 3-putts first two holes and last hole but still remains 3 clear of projected card line headed into final 18 holes, The News-Press, FL, 5 Dec 2004

Phil Mickelson's Skins Game 59 -- only 5 fairways but 14 GIRs and only 24 putts, Boston Herald, MA, 5 Dec 2004

Holiday hacking: A Christmas gift list should include the Heavy Putter and a SofTrak putting surface, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, PA, 5 Dec 2004

PGA Tour Qualifying, round 4 of 6: Jeff Brehaut follows 61 with a 72 to lead by 1 -- "If you've been here as many times as I have been you tend to figure it out. I've putted really well this week. If I continue to putt like I've been putting the last month then I'll be fine out there on the PGA Tour.", PGA.com, 5 Dec 2004

All-American Gael -- Improved driving sparked Catriona Mathew to a great year on LPGA but she still sees room for improving her putting -- "Where I can still improve is on and around the greens," concedes the former Scottish Ladies champion. "My putting especially needs to get consistently better and more aggressive. In the last Solheim Cup (where she made the winning putt) I stroked the ball really well because I felt more able to let it run at the hole. So I know what to do and I know I can do it. When I won in Ohio this year I didn't miss a putt of less than ten feet all week. If I can do that more often, the wins should follow.", Scortsman.com, UK, 4 Dec 2004

Prime Minister Amateur Golf Championship, round 2 of 3: Aamer Mehmood hangs on to the lead with rounds of net 63 and 73 for 5-stroke margin -- 28 putts first day and 36 second day shows his weakness, Daily Times, Pakistan, 4 Dec 2004

Battle royal at Patna Open golf -- 3-time Order of Merit winner Mukesh Kumar chasing leader and arch rival Rafiq Ali -- a series of missed short putts and a 3-putt cost Rafiq dearly but he maintains a 2-stroke lead headed into final round -- Rafiq: "I am lucky to continue in the lead. Tomorrow the putts will have to drop and then nobody can stop me from winning.", Rediff, India, 4 Dec 2004

Nedbank Challenge, Sun City RSA, 3rd round: Stuart Appleby gaining momentum -- "My putting stroke also seems to be coming along and I made some quality putts.", Ireland Online, Ireland, 4 Dec 2004

Ausralian PGA, 3rd round: Brave rookie James Nittie battles Bob Estes to 18th and takes lead with 3-foot birdie when Estes 3-putts -- paired again for final round, Melbourne Herald Sun, Australia, 4 Dec 2004

Omega Hong Kong Open, 3rd round: Nick Faldo surges into contention at T-4th with two birdie putts from outside 20 feet on closing holes for 65 -- 165th in the world rankings now on the South Beach Diet, EuropeanTour.com, 4 Dec 2004

Naples' Kris Tamulis' 70 vaults her into tie for ninth at LPGA Qualifying 6 back of leader -- left 4 birdies on the course missing putts of 8, 6, 9, and 18 feet -- "My speed was off a little bit -- just not quite getting it to the hole.", The News-Press, 4 Dec 2004

Australian PGA, 2nd round: Pre-tournament favorite Adam Scott misses cut by 1 after missing 3-footer on final hole -- A downcast Scott missed a birdie putt from under 1m on the last, which summed up a miserable two days of misreads and leaving the ball short of the hole. -- "Really ordinary," Scott called it, after taking 34 putts on yesterday's greens. "I lost all confidence with it on the first day and in the wind (in the second round) you had to putt well." Melborne Herald Sun, Australia, 4 Dec 2004

Australian PGA, round 2: Putter fails Adam Scott -- misses short putt on last hole and misses cut -- "My putting was just really ordinary. I lost confidence with it yesterday. I didnt strike it too bad, but you just cant get them rolling on line, its very difficult to hole anything when the wind is blowing like that.", The Border Mail, Australia, 4 Dec 2004

Omega Hong Kong Open, round 2: Spain's Miguel Jimenez storms to two-shot lead with 64 -- South African 22-year-old Louis Oosthuizen also fires 64 punctuated with 25-foot birdie on 18th, Daily Times, Pakistan, 4 Dec 2004

Australian PGA, round 2: Wind gives Coolum teeth to bite back -- Bob Estes: "It was blowing your putter, your golf ball and you are just at the mercy of the wind when the conditions are like this.", The Australian, Australia, 3 Dec 2004

Nedbank Challenge, Sun City RSA, 3rd round: Sergio Garcia's reign all but over -- riding at the back of the bus -- Nick Price suffers a case of the putting shorts -- Chad Campbell skies to 80, IAfrica South African News, South Africa, 3 Dec 2004

European Challenge Tour in Panama, round 1: England's Richard McEvoy and Italy's Michele Reale share lead in Panasonic Panama Masters with 5-under 67s -- Reale:" I had five birdies, an eagle and two bogeys. I putted very well and holed a long putt for the eagle, so it was a great day for me.", EuropeanTour.com, 3 Dec 2004

Australian PGA, round 1: Colac golfer Craig Spence 1 back of Bob Estes after 64 -- uses his belly putter with renewed confidence to hole seven birdies and an eagle -- rebuilding his swing that went sour in the US with help of Scottsdale coach Dan Campbell, Geelong Info, Australia, 3 Dec 2004

Australian PGA, round 1: Bob Estes changes back to left-hand-low putting style after poor putting last week and takes lead with 63 and only 23 putts -- not satisfied being a "pretty good putter" -- "I only finished six shots back last week and I had a very poor putting week," he said. "I got here on Monday and I knew that I was going to change my putting back to putting with my left hand below the right, which is what I should do all the time because it is the only way I can get the ball on line consistently. I think every single putt I hit today I got on line." -- needed only 23 putts in his round, having hit 14 from 18 greens in regulation. -- Putting, he admits, is a frustrating thing. He reckons he loses feel by putting cross-handed, but the results tend to be better. -- "It is kind of like a tease," he said. "Sometimes I will still have my good putting days putting conventional. But I know that I'll putt better in the long haul if I putt with the left hand below the right and just keep putting that way, then I'll have a chance to become a great putter. Lately I have just been a pretty good putter.", The Australian, 2 Dec 2004

Naree Song in lead at LPGA Q-School with 67 -- "One bogey, six birdies, it was a good day. I putted really well today. I made some long putts, short putts and medium putts. It was a good score.", News-Herald.com, OH, 2 Dec 2004

Your latest golf questions answered -- Nick Bradley: Putting grips and indoor practice for winter, BBC Sport, UK, 2 Dec 2004

Australian PGA: Bob Estes fires opening 63 that he feels could have been lower -- "There was another four, five, six putts which were really close to going in." -- Adam Scott putting poorly, The Australian, Australia, 2 Dec 2004

Australian PGA: Texan Bob Estes at home in windy Coolum -- "I made some long putts today that I haven't been making. Last week at the Australian Open I only finished six shots from the winner but I had a really poor putting week. I wished I had putted a little better last week.", Australian PGA, 1 Dec 2004

Australian PGA -- Favorite Adam Scott struggles -- can't buy a putt, Sydney Morning Herald, Australia, 1 Dec 2004

Padraig Harrington aims to retain red jacket at Hong Kong Open golf -- Thongchai Jaidee returns to old putter he used to win 2001 Order of Merit, Daily Times, Pakistan, 1 Dec 2004

10 Questions With ... Colton Salazar -- "I golf left-handed but I putt right-handed.", PurdueSports.com, 1 Dec 2004

Scott Eilers, The Golf Mechanic: Developing even tempo will help you judge distance on your putts, Marco Island Eagle, FL, 1 Dec 2004

Kevin Savage earns title at Srixon Series opener with hot putter -- sinks three in 25- to 30-foot range with birdies on last two holes to win by 2, Vero Beach Press-Journal (subscription), FL, 30 Nov 2004

Equipment: Industry update -- Greg Norman signs to play MacGregor clubs -- might also use the Bobby Grace MacGregor V-Foil MOI GT putter, DetNews.com, MI, 30 Nov 2004

Stewart Cink first to lead PGA Tour in putting with a belly putter -- 1.723 putts per GIR, DetNews.com, MI, 30 Nov 2004

Allentown (Pa.) Homeowner has SofTrak Synthetic Green Built in Basement, BunkerShot.com, TX, 30 Nov 2004

SofTrak Synthetic Putting Greens Help TOUR Star Fred Couples Excel in Skins Game, BunkerShot.com, TX, 30 N

Fred Couples blows away Skins field -- 27-foot putt on 10th worth 8 skins, RTE Interactive, Ireland, 29 Nov 2004

Australian Open: Stuart Appleby's challenge falls short when he misses an 8-foot birdie putt on athe closing par-5 -- Peter Lonard prevails by a stroke, Myrtle Beach Sun News, SC, 29 Nov 2004

'We won it for Madiba' -- South Africans Vincent Tshabalala and Ernie Els have dedicated their 2004 Nelson Mandela Invitational, hosted by Gary Player, to former president Mandela -- Els: "Vincent made bombs all day, and that's how you make good scores.", Business Day, South Africa, 29 Nov 2004

Easy praise for betterball partner Vincent Tshabalala -- Ernie Els: "He putted unbelievably well and holed some real bombs.", Independent Online, South Africa, 29 Nov 2004

Fred Couples wins record 5th Skins Game - only four holes won in total by anyone -- Tiger Woods struggles with his putting all weekend, ABC12.com, MI, 28 Nov 2004

Stephen Dodd outlasts Thomas Bjorn in China to finally grab maiden title -- made putts when it mattered all week, The Scotsman, UK, 28 Nov 2004

Casio World Open in Japan: David Smail of New Zealand holds off the challenge of American Hunter Mahan -- wins with birdie putt on final hole, Japan Times Online, 28 Nov 2004

Australian Open 3rd round: Richard Green the big mover with two chip-ins -- front-side 32 included one double-bogey -- hit only seven of 14 fairways and nine greens, but used his putter just 22 times, Tamworth Northern Daily Leader, Australia, 28 Nov 2004

Local Jarrod Lyle chalks one up to experience -- 42nd place in Australian Open just part of the learning curve -- "I didn't really putt well during the four days.", Shepparton News, Australia, 28 Nov 2004

Steady Peter Lonard nearly blows it with bogey on final hole only to see Stuart Appleby miss his birdie putt to leave Lonard the winner -- great ballstriking but poor putting first three days (averaged 30 putts each day) reversed on last day for poor ballstriking and good putting -- on;ly 35% of fairways but only 24 putts -- "In the past 17 years I have finally figured out you have to hole putts to win out here," Melborne Herald Sun, Australia, 28 Nov 2004

Shinhan Korea Golf Championship: Arron Oberholser 3-putted 10th in 1st round and trashed his putter -- ended round putting with his wedge, then borrowed a putter from Tom Pernice Jr. and went on to win -- Miguel Jiminez turns birdie chance into 3-putt and falls to second, Donga, South Korea, 28 Nov 2004

One putt cost Stuart Appleby a crack at title -- "I hit just a terrible putt" on the last hole -- Rod Pampling fades with poor putting on the back nine on Sunday, The Age, Australia, 28 Nov 2004

Peter Lonard retains Aussie Open title -- putter finally comes to life on back nine with three birdie putts and a chip-in before bogeying the final hole to open the door for Stuart Appleby -- Appleby misses 8-footer on 18th to tie, The Age, Australia, 28 Nov 2004

Tooheys New Futures Championship: Novocastrian Mark Gilson overcomes 8-shot deficit to Roland Baglin to win by 2 -- Baglin fumbles 7-shot lead on field -- Gilson cans 25-foot birdie putt on final hole to seal victory, PGA of Australia, Australia, 28 Nov 2004

Final nine holes worth $950,000 -- Tiger Woods' putting not working out, ABC12.com, MI, 27 Nov 2004

"Robert Allenby was at odds with his putter in his opening-round 74 at the open. We'll delete the expletive muttered along the way, but he was inclined to attach the weapon to the tow bar of his car and drag it along the road back to the hotel. He settled on sending it to the pro shop to reduce its weight.", Sydney Morning Herald, Australia, 27 Nov 2004

Afghanistan launches first open golf tournament in more than 30 years -- Kabul Golf Club features sand and oil greens -- land mines finally cleared from course, KFVS, MO, 27 Nov 2004

Roland Baglin Leads Tooheys New Futures Championship by 7 over field -- Vikki Tutt in 2nd with best round of the day: "I could have had anything out there today but struggled to hole a putt, I hit it really well"., PGA of Australia, Australia, 26 Nov 2004

Volvo China Open in Shanghai: Stephen Dodd braves the cold to fire his way into three-stroke lead -- missed two short putts coming in -- too cold to pracice putting, ic Wales, UK, 26 Nov 2004

Shinhan Korea Golf Championship: "Strong Wind… No Under Par" -- -- hitting 3-woods and coming up sort on 192-yard par three -- putted balls blown about, Donga, South Korea, 26 Nov 2004

Robert Allenby gambles and pays -- tries to putt out of a bunker having no lip but tops it and looks dumb -- suffering severe inflammation of the A/C joint in his left shoulder from a fat shot at the Masters -- 59 putts for first two days won't cut it, Melborne Herald Sun, Australia, 26 Nov 2004

Aaron Baddeley must regain form to reach his destiny -- putting usually helps overcome poor ballstriking, but only to make the cut -- 3-jacked a birdie putt from 18 feet, The Age (subscription), Australia, 26 Nov 2004

Silly Season: Phil Mickelson shoots 59 to win PGA Grand Slam -- joins Annika Sorenstam, Chip Beck, David Duval, and Al Geiberger and others -- Shegeki Maruyama fired 58 in US Open qualifier -- Mickelson used only 23 putts, Times Picayune, LA, 25 Nov 2004

Welshman Bradley Dredge, Australian Unho Park share lead in the Volvo China Open -- Park just off laser eye surgery and toting a new putter, European Tour, UK, 25 Nov 2004

Tom Lehman: Ryder Cup lesson learned -- "The Europeans made a lot of putts. I'm not sure you can say any more than that. They made it seem like they made every putt they looked at, and that's become what they do every time the Ryder Cup rolls around.", Star-Telegram, Dallas, TX, 25 Nov 2004

Phil Mickelson: Magic round was a fluke -- "When I made the 45ft-birdie putt on the 16, I knew what was going on and I was really excited because I knew 18 was a birdie hole. To me, there's not much difference between a 58 and 59. There's a huge difference between 59 and 60. I just wanted to make sure I two-putted. It feels like a little fluke because I wasn't really sharp, I didn't really feel like I was practising well. It just kind of all came together. The ball went in the hole. I didn't hit it great and somehow I shot 59.", This is London, UK, 25 Nov 2004

Aaron Baddley scrambling but stays T-5 in Australian Open with his putter -- only 4 fairways and 10 greens hits, but also only 26 putts, Sydney Morning Herald (subscription), Australia, 25 Nov 2004

Silly Season: Phil Mickelson joins the 59 club -- front-side 28 with 11 putts, total of 23 putts using Callaway Odyssey prototype putter -- misses 8-footer on final hole that would have snagged the 58, Business Wire, 24 Nov 2004

Phil Mickelson Fires 59 -- With an Asterisk -- Silly Season Grand Slam not an official event, NBC4 Sports, CA, 24 Nov 2004

Heavy PutterT Used In Key Matches To Help Americans to Victory in UBS Cup, The Wire, 24 Nov 2004

Retief Goosen Leads Vijay Singh by 1 -- Hot putter snags birdies on 5 of first 6 holes -- Cans a 60-footer -- Vijay 3-putts 18th -- Phil Mickelson misses a handful of birdie putts, Stamford Advocate, CT, 24 Nov 2004

Goose leads flock of major winners -- Retief Goosen leads Vijay Singh by 1, Phil Mickelson by 3, Todd Hamilton by 5 -- "Mickelson played in his usual flamboyant style, but a series of poor putts will leave the Californian world No 5 disappointed not to have scored better.", Cape Argus, South Africa, 24 Nov 2004

The secret of Vijay Singh's success -- a ball-beating machine who never chokes with the swing, combined with improved putting, CT, 24 Nov 2004

Man vs. Machine -- sports writer Grant Parpan takes on top three female high school golfers at the Greens putting course -- he saw more bogeys than Lauren Becall, The Signal, CA, 24 Nov 2004

Bluffton native and top amateur Tom McKnight fires 63 (tying course record) in final Champions Tour Q-school to earn fully exempt statuts as 2nd place finisher -- some putts started falling that hadn't fallen earlier -- finished birdie-birdie-birdie, Island Packet, Hilton Head, SC, 24 Nov 2004

Miami native Kristie Kerr nearly pips Annika Sorenstam at ADT -- great ballstriking but so-so putting -- 29, 32, 32, 29 putts for 122 total over 4 days, Jupiter Courier, FL, 24 Nov 2004

Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic, El Paso: Georgia Tech's Nicholas Thompson 3-putts 18th to allow Texas' Matthew Rosenfeld into playoff -- Thompson taps in for par on the first playoff hole to edge Rosenfeld for medalist honors, CalBears.com, 24 Nov 2004

Last year's Skins Game: Fred Couples wins $200,000 skin on 17th when Phil Mickelson misses from 4 feet and Mark O'Meara misses from 6 feet, PGA.com, 23 Nov 2004

Mike Weir attributes loss in Canadian Open to poor putting -- thinks a minor adjustment of alignment and setup position clears up problem he has had seeing the line, SCOREGolf, Canada, 23 Nov 2004

David Leadbetter -- control the putting stroke with a slight turning of the stomach and chest, GolfDigest.com, 23 Nov 2004

Inside the golfer's mind: Bob Rotella -- Love your putter: "Good putters never putt out of fear. Whatever length their first putt is, they aren't worried about how long their second putt is going to be. They're going to try to make the first one.", GolfDigest.com, 23 Nov 2004

Aaron Baddeley's optimism comes with a proviso -- 191st in driving accuracy after Leadbetter changes in swing -- "I still putt very good and my short game is still very good.", Sydney Morning Herald (subscription), Australia, 23 Nov 2004

Smartech's Curv Convex Putters To Add Accessories To It's Online Store, Onlypunjab.com (press release), India, 23 Nov 2004

1991 Australian Open: Wayne Riley's monster putt on final green deprived Robert Allenby of win as an amateur, lsportal.com.au, Australia, 23 Nov 2004

Relaxed Stuart Appleby goes to great lengths -- blasts 632 metre drive at Syney Airport in advance of Australian Open -- "The greens are absolutely true and Sydney's fairways are getting very comparable to Melbourne's best fairways." -- plans to get his putter going, Brisbane Corier mail, Australia, 23 Nov 2004

Lee Rinker has the scoop on Donald Trump's game, how he is as a boss -- "He's a decent putter and he hits the ball fairly well.", CNN/SI, 23 Nov 2004

UBS Cup: Fred Funk on his loss to Peter Senior -- "I didn't putt well yesterday, so I switched putters today. I switched to the wrong one. I lost confidence.", Ryder, Charleston Post Courier (subscription), SC, 23 Nov 2004

Mark Stuart-Hutcheson (18) sets world record with 136 consecutive 10-foot putts -- Sergio Garcia says he could do that easily but misses first try -- PuttMaster training aid is Mark's key, Golfmagic.com, 23 Nov 2004

True Putt training aid invented by London's Jonathan Bird, Cannongolf.co.uk, 23 Nov 2004

World Cup in Seville: Paul Casey's marvelous putting ices out Spanish on last hole -- birdies of 40, 25, and 12 feet down the stretch -- final sang froid 3-footer staves off playoff, News24, South Africa, 22 Nov 2004

Annika Sorenstam closes out season with LPGA win -- misses 12-foot birdie on 18th to allow Kristie Kerr into playoff but both botch the next hole and Sorenstam's botching was not as costly -- not pretty but "A win is a win.", Duluth News Tribune, MN, 22 Nov 2004

Jeff Brehaut edges Kevin Sutherland by 1 with "easy" 5-footer on final hole in Pebble Beach Invitational -- strong winds firm up greens -- Sutherland: "I just hit a bad putt. I wasn't aggressive enough.", Monterey Herald, CA, 22 Nov 2004

US keeps the UBS Cup -- Fred Couples paces team with 3-0 record -- defeats Colin Montgomerie 5 and 3 with six birdies and an eagle -- "I made a lot of putts.", Seattle Times, WA, 22 Nov 2004

US still perfect in UBS Cup play -- Fred Couples "steamrolls" Colin Montgomerie -- faced only 19 putts (including one 3-putt) in 5-and-3 victory -- "I just kept making them ... I kept seeing the line and made some putts.", Myrtle Beach Sun News, SC, 22 Nov 2004

Clubs will put you through the mill, but one putter reigns -- a thing about the aluminium-headed putter by William Mills, made years ago in Sunderland by the Standard Golf Company, The Scotsman, UK, 22 Nov 2004

Annika Sorenstam salvages day of sloppy putting, loses 3-shot lead but ends up with 1-shot lead headed to Sunday -- defender Meg Mallon closed to within 1 but finishes double bogey, double bogey -- has had 5 3-putts so far, Monterey County Herald, CA, 21 Nov 2004

Peter Lonard closes the deal in NSW Open over Andrew Summers by 2 -- Summers has tough day with many putts sliding by, The Age (subscription), Australia, 21 Nov 2004

Tiger Woods breaks 13-month drought with win in Japan's Dunlop Phoneix Open -- "I hit the ball well and putted well and I'm very excited about my prospects for next year.", Brisbane Courier Mail, Australia, 21 Nov 2004

UBS Cup at Kiawah Island: Rare blunder costs ROW team a hole -- Mark McNulty put a new Callaway into play and his caddie tossed him a Callaway 4, the same ball Gary Player was playing -- then they got the two mixed up after their drives and each played the other's ball to birdies but lost the hole and then the point, Myrtle Beach Sun News, SC, 21 Nov 2004

Print shop owner Will Kelley was always on the go -- patented a putter he invented -- also an avid archer, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, PA, 21 Nov 2004

US rebounds for lead at UBS Cup -- Hoch, Couples, and Strange have very good putting days, Haas and Stadler not so hot -- misplayed balls cost ROW a point, The Herald News, MA, 20 Nov 2004

Arjun Atwal, Indrajit Bhalotia pair wins in 175th-year celebrations of the Royal Calcutta Golf Club in Kolkata -- Atwal: "We were lucky to go through with some really good putts.", The Statesman, India, 20 Nov 2004

Nanotech golf balls -- NanoDynamics says they have a new golf ball made out of nanomaterials that can supposedly correct its own flight path in midair and shouldn't wobble or break as much during putts, engadget, 20 Nov 2004

UBS Cup at Kiawah Island (Old Guys Ryder Cup): Missed putt proves costly to Americans -- allows ROW to take lead -- Ray Floyd on 18th blows 20-footer 6 feet by and Tom Kite misses comeback, Myrtle Beach Sun News, SC, 20 Nov 2004

Wayward Peter Lonard thrilled to be back on course -- overcame 2-years out with Ross River fever then cracked a rib stretching with his trainer -- now leading NSW Open -- "Golf is a fine line where, if you hole a putt, everything seems to steamroll and life is easy. It wasn't that way this year.", Sydney Morning Herald, Australia, 20 Nov 2004

English pair of Luke Donald and Paul Casey turn up pressure in Seville -- others waiting for Casey's putting to cool -- "When Paul [Casey] gets hot he's really hot," stated Paul McGinley. "He's a really streaky putter.", The Scotsman, UK, 20 Nov 2004

Annika Sorenstam turns bad round around with hot back nine to lead ADT Championship by 3 -- birdies from 15, 15, 4 and 6 feet, The Porterville Recorder, CA, 20 Nov 2004

Tiger Woods closer to Japanese win -- has 5-birdie, no-bogey 65 to stretch 3-shot lead to 10 shots as others fade -- snags a couple of 12-foot birdies out of the gate, IAfrica South African News, South Africa, 20 Nov 2004

Lori Kane fires 75 Thursday and starts out friday with 3-putt from 5 feet on 2nd hole -- BUT THEN soars with 10 birdies and climbs to 7th at ADT Championship, Palm Beach Post, FL, 20 Nov 2004

Blasts from past great as presents -- Bing Crosby's Indoor Return-a-Putt circa 1950s in box with Crosby's face on box, $15, Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription), GA, 20 Nov 2004

What's in My Bag -- Scott Verplank: Same Ping Anser for 20 years -- "I stole my putter from my college coach, and I wrap gauze tape around the grip because I like the feel.", GolfDigest.com, 20 Nov 2004

Bendigo local Heath Reed fires 67 in NSW Open 2nd round for 4th position -- missed 3-foot downhiller on 18th to tie for third with Peter Lonard -- Bendigo's Andrew Martin struggling with putter -- 34 putts 1st round, 32 putts in 2nd round, Bendigo Advertiser, Australia, 20 Nov 2004

Nick Bradley, Help on reading putts -- the "two-movie" squat, BBC Sport, UK, 19 Nov 2004

Tim Clark aiming for US win -- watching over his shoulder to see if his long putter gets banned, Daily News (subscription), South Africa, 19 Nov 2004

NSW Open: Craig Warren's amazing 63 with 9 birdies in 11 holes-- "I looked at the break in the putts and halved it and just hit it a bit harder. And they all went in....or at least most of them.", iseekgolf, Australia, 19 Nov 2004

Tiger Woods in Japan -- bad case of the lip-outs but still in the lead by 3, The Australian, Australia, 19 Nov 2004

World Cup Irish team: Paul McGinley and Padraig Harrington both miss 15-foot putts in forball that would have given them a magical 59, ic Scotland.co.uk, UK, 19 Nov 2004

World Cup English team: English team of Luke Donald and Paul Casey soars into World Cup lead -- Donald: "I think our plan was to give me a lot of iron shots and leave Paul with all of the putts. He's putting great right now.", Sports Network, 19 Nov 2004

World Cup Canadian team: Stuart Anderson and Darren Griff back in 17th -- too pumped to play -- "Any golf tournament, what it comes down to is putting and we were too aggressive with our putts and didn't make a whole lot.", SLAM! Sports, Canada, 19 Nov 2004

Miniature Golf National Championship offers $10,000 purse, WorldGolf Wire, Orlando, FL, 18 Nov 2004

The Golf Domain -- Peter Royce's ProPutt Laser Trainer is the real deal for training the correct on-line shoulder action, 18 Nov 2004

Tiger Woods takes early 3-stroke lead in Japan -- round spiced with some birdie bombs, from 15 and 45 feet, ABC Online, Australia, 18 Nov 2004

Tiger Woods Takes Early Lead at Japan's Dunlop Phoenix -- 5 birdies and no bogeys good for 3-stroke lead -- "The greens weren't consistent. In low spots the putts were slow, in high spots they were fast so it was tough." , ABC News, 18 Nov 2004

2004 NSW Open Championship: Ricky Schmidt storms to the front with birdie-birdie-birdie-eagle-par finish for 65 -- putts of 10, 50, 12, and 10 feet over key 4 holes, iseekgolf, Australia, 18 Nov 2004

Mike San Filippo leads at Champions Q-School with opening 65 -- birdies from 20 and 25 feet on 16th and 17th, Palm Beach Post, FL, 18 Nov 2004

Mike San Filippo grabs first-round lead at Champions Q-School with opening 65 -- 15-foot birdie on 10th followed by birdie-birdie -birdie finish, News-Herald.com, OH, 18 Nov 2004

Run/walk to honor inspiring coach Jim Hogue -- East Cobb Vikings football coach diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease (ALS) 18 months ago after problem putting sent him to the doctor, Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription), GA, 17 Nov 2004

Gauge Design Golf And Tungsten Inserts, The Wire, San Marcos, CA, 17 Nov 2004

2004 Hall Of Fame Induction Speeches -- Marlene Stewart Streit, Isao Aoki, Tom Kite, Charlie Sifford, Cybergolf National, 17 Nov 2004

Jack Nicklaus: "When you get in position to putt, set your head and eyes so you can glance at the hole without swiveling your head. Your eyes are riveted on the ball when you make the stroke and your head must be kept still, but you also want to be target oriented.", GolfDigest.com, 17 Nov 2004

Jack Nicklaus: "If you're not putting well, shorten your stroke and hit the ball more firmly. Gordon Jones [a fellow-competitor] gave me that tip just prior to the 1967 U.S. Open, and it made the angels sing.", GolfDigest.com, 17 Nov 2004

Shiv Kapur shoots into 1-stroke lead with 67 after 2 rounds despite shoddy putting -- "I missed four to five birdie putts from ten feet and less which is just not done at this level of golf.", Rediff, India, 17 Nov 2004

Big-head putters, GolfDigest.com, 16 Nov 2004

Jarrod Moseley misses keeping European Tour card by $25 then regains it only on the final hole of Q-School -- fellow Aussie Adam Groom misses card by 1 when he misses a 12-inch putt on the next-to-last hole, sportal.com.au, Australia, 16 Nov 2004

Georgia Tech advances in Hooters Collegiate Mach Play -- Coach Bruce Heppler: "They made some big-time putts.", Orlando Sentinel (subscription), FL, 15 Nov 2004

BILTS Skins Golf championship in Gurgaon: Justin Rose wins Skins title -- Todd Hamilton off his game: "I am normally a better than average putter. But today I was out of sorts and in golf, putting is everything no matter what you have done before.", Redif, India, 15 nov 2004

Franklin Templeton Shootout: Hank Kuehne and Jeff Sluman repeat -- critical missed putts sink Justin Leonard and Steve Flesch, SunHerald.com, MS, 15 Nov 2004

South Korea Skins: Colin Montgomerie sinks a 30-foot birdie putt on the par-5 10th to collect five skins, Contra Costa Times (subscription), CA, 15 Nov 2004

Broward County Amateur Golf Tournament at Jacaranda Golf Club: Doug Ritter 2nd three-time winnner -- 2002 champ Scott Kennedy: "The difference between winning and losing is making the putts.", Sun-Sentinel.com, FL, 15 Nov 2004

Shawn Kelly -- Lag putts are key to scoring low -- use eyes to feed instincts for distance -- look at target for two seconds while making practice stroke -- eyes see distance best when parallel to terrain, Auburn Journal, CA, 15 Nov 2004

Big putt and tip from Goose helps Van den Berg seal victory, The South African Star (subscription), South Africa, 15 Nov 2004

Memphis Muslim Society: Ramadan's over -- it's time for Putt-Putt, lots to eat, commercialappeal.com (subscription), TN, 15 Nov 2004

Pros play best ball at Franklin Templeton Shootout 2nd round -- Steve Flesch expects the team that putts the best to win: 'You've got to make the putts. That's what it's going to boil down to.'', Peninsulaclarion.com, AK, 14 nov 2004

LPGA Championship 3rd round: Heather Daly-Donofrio shoots career-best 64 to take lead -- Sophie Gustafson in 2nd -- missed two 3-footers, San Jose Mercury News (subscription), CA, 14 Nov 2004

Vijay Singh in India -- "Once I putted well, my overall confidence grew.", Hindustan Times, India, 13 Nov 2004

Longtime coach Terry Hayes says Mark Hensby's game now getting deserved recognition -- current average of 28.4 putts per round, The Age (subscription), Australia, 13 Nov 2004

Bob Charles trades in Bullseye for SeeMore putter to improve short putts -- repositions putter directly beneath eyes more in middle of stance and moves putter slightly closer to feet, Stuff.co.nz, New Zealand, 13 Nov 2004

Franklin Templeton Shootout 1st round: Jay and Bill Haas have a slow start in best-ball with a couple of three-putts -- John Daly's redneck putter head falls off, The News-Press, FL, 12 Nov 2004

Tiger Woods: "It's not necessarily who plays the best, it's actually who makes the right putt at the right time.", BBC Sport, UK, 12 Nov 2004

Mark Hensby starts preround warmup trend on Tour -- warms up with belly putter then plays with sort putter -- "I think the practice with the belly putter helps me free my stroke a little bit and it gets me releasing the putter on the right path. I wish I had thought about it 10 years ago." -- 1.73 putts per GIR ranks 7th on Tour, The Australian, 12 Nov 2004

Black pioneer Charlie Sifford takes his place in golf history -- got Tour card in 1960 and won GHO in 1967 and LA Open in 1969 -- 1975 Seniors Championship win recalled -- 25-foot birdie putt on first playoff hole beat the best, Sydney Morning Herald, Australia, 12 Nov 2004

Golf Magazine Testers Find Magic In The Blue Chip Oz T100, BunkerShot.com, TX, 12 Nov 2004

Memorable Journey -- In Tom Lehman's long career, there was one very embarrassing three-putt that cost him a check, San Luis Obispo Tribune, CA, 12 Nov 2004

Huntington Beach Marina senior Jennifer Osborn's 68 Wins SoCal Section Title -- 2003 champ and defender Angela Park suffers 3-putt and a 4-putt to lose by one -- 2001 champ Nicole Smith three-putts last hole to miss tieing by one, Los Angeles Times (subsc

Tiger Woods: Jay Haas' resurgence is a simple matter of holing a few more putts, GolfDigest.com, 11 Nov 2004

New golf facility on UI board's agenda -- planned Demirjian Indoor Golf Facility to include 6,700 square-foot putting and chipping surface plus hitting bays so cold-weather northerners can keep up with southern golf teams, Urbana/Champaign News-Gazette, IL, 11 Nov 2004

Tour Championship: Tough tourney for Kenny Perry, but still a nice pay day -- 17 bogeys, 3 double bogeys -- averaged a tourney-worst 32.8 putts per round, Franklin Favorite, KY, 11 Nov 2004

Royal Challenge Amateur Golf Championship 3rd round: Jasjeet Singh grabs 3-shot lead -- "I started badly and didn't hit too many greens today but my putting was solid and saved the day for me." -- only 28 putts -- Simarjeet Singh in 2nd -- "I missed some small putts for conversion today.", Rediff, India, 11 Nov 2004

Darren Clarke with 66 shares lead at Taiheiyo Masters golf -- birdies first three holes from 15, 10, and 5 feet, Channel News Asia, Singapore, 11 Nov 2004

Driven To Succeed in the $3 Billion golf equipment market -- drivers are King -- Callaway falling behind tech R&D curve -- AG Edwards analyst: "The [White Hot] 2-Ball [putter] has been a phenomenal success [for Callaway's Odyssey brand], but it's a little long in the tooth. You have to keep innovating.", Businessweek.com, 10 Nov 2004

Charles Howell III disappointed with '04 season -- 165th in putting -- David Leadbetter: "There's a lot of inconsistency in his putting.", ESPN, 9 Nov 2004

Ping hears ca-ching with new clubs -- Craz-E putter sold 6-7 times more than expected, Tucson Citizen, AZ, 9 Nov 2004

Geoff Ogilvy picks up Mr Consistency title and sweetheart -- tops PGA Tour in all-around ranking ahead of Vijay Singh and Phil Mickelson -- ranking measures eight major categories, including driving accuracy and distance, hitting greens in regulation and putts per round, Melbourne Herald Sun, Australia, 9 Nov 2004

Chandler Harper ("Old Bones"): Local golf legend, mentor and Hall of Famer, dies at 90 -- Ben Hogan called him the best putter on the professional tour -- colorful dresser, mentor to Curtis Strange, 1950 PGA Champion -- shot three consecutive 63s in Texas Open for 54-hole aggregate 189 record that still stands, Virginian Pilot, VA, 9 Nov 2004

The age of the robot -- Sony's QRIO can putt!, Independent, uK, 9 Nov 2004

Chandler Harper, Virginia golfing legend, dead at 90 -- set low-putts record in 1950 Phoenix Open with 20 putts in a round of 63, CNN/SI, 8 Nov 2004

Tiger Woods blows golden opportunity -- "I started out good but I putted like a blind man. It was either I hit the ball good or putted good. Today, I could never get both at the same time.", Electric New Paper, Singapore, 8 Nov 2004

Jay Haas fades in final round -- "My putter just went south toward the end of the round. I just had no touch, no feel.", Electric New Paper, Singapore, 8 Nov 2004

Filipino Angelo Que spoils Thongchai Jaidee's birthday bash to win Carslberg masters in Vietnam by 2 -- Thongchai lamented a poor putting display. "I couldn't putt on the front nine and I lost it on the back nine with those three bogeys.", Electric New Paper, Singapore, 8 Nov 2004

Mike Weir gets left behind as Gossen soars to win -- "It was there for me," said Weir, who shot an uninspired round of level par 70. "I had a lot of putts that didn't fall.", SLAM! Sports, Canada, 8 Nov 2004

Quiet Retief Goose cooks field -- Tiger Woods blows 4-shot lead: "From the very start, I was hitting it good but I putted like a blind man. Then I got my putter under control and couldn't hit a decent shot." , SLAM! Sports, Canada, 8 Nov 2004

Jay Haas fades with poor putting -- 3-putts 16th from 26 feet, Amarillo Globe News, TX, 8 Nov 2004

Tiger Woods blows 4-shot lead -- suffers three 3-putts -- from 30, 80, and 25 feet, Chicago Daily Southtown, IL, 8 Nov 2004

Golf: World number-one Annika Sorenstam achieves historic "four-peat" at Mizuno Classic -- "I holed a lot of putts this week.", Channel News Asia, Singapore, 7 Nov 2004

Tour Championship: Mike Weir, Stephen Ames four back in 3rd -- Weir recovers from 3-putt birdie-now-bogey from 6 feet, London Free Press, Canada, 7 Nov 2004

Tiger Woods leading Tour Championship -- only bogey over the last two days was a 3-putt from 50 feet on the opening hole Saturday -- timely putts include a couple of 30-footers down the slope that trickled into the cup on their last roll, Chicago Daily Herald, IL, 7 Nov 2004

Tiger Woods goes on birdie run over holes 8-11 with putts of 27, 10, 24 and 11 feet to snag share of lead at Tour Championship, Miami Herald (subscription), FL, 7 Nov 2004

Bradenton City Men's Amateur Championship: Brian Frye, Jeff Partin and John Hewlin share lead at 2-under after first round at River Run -- Hewlin: "Of course, it's always nice when the putter's working." -- hit 13 greens and needed only 29 putts in his four-birdie, two-bogey round, Bradenton Herald, FL, 7 Nov 2004

KJ Choi's putter trouble sends him to last at Tour Championship -- solid off the tee, hitting 71% of the fairways, and finding 15 GIRs (83%), but needed a staggering 34 putts while averaging 2 putts per GIR, Korea Times, South Korea, 7 Nov 2004

Notes: Phil Mickelson looks forward to break -- "The problem today was the putter.", CBS Sportsline, 6 Nov 2004

2004 Carlsberg Masters 2004 Vietnam: Thongchai Jaidee breaks course record with 64 -- "Thongchai is hitting the ball really good. He's driving the ball a long way and striking his irons and putter well. He will be the favourite to win, there is no doubt he is the best player in Asia." iseekgolf.com, Australia, 6 Nov 2004

Amazing Stephen Ames alone in 2nd after great putting round -- 12 putts a side for 24 total -- 12 for 12 inside 10 feet -- a 20-footer and a 40-footer too, Winnipeg Sun, Canada, 6 Nov 2004

Vijay Singh backs up to 7th with a 73 -- poor putting with 35 total putts and three 3-putt bogeys, Chicago Daily Herald, IL, 6 Nov 2004

Tiger Woods posts low round of the tournament with 64 -- eliminated "short-side" approaches to greens -- hit 16 of 18 greens -- longest sink from 16 feet, shortest from 7, CBS Sportsline, 6 Nov 2004

Equipment Extra -- Cutting down a Scotty Cameron to 34" putter will not "destroy the balance", GolfDigest.com, 5 Nov 2004

Vijay Singh lurks just off the lead in tour finale -- shoots 69 despite missing half a dozen putts inside 12 feet, The Register-Guard, Oregon, 5 Nov 2004

Ernie Els slams his 8-iron into his bag and bends his putter, Waynesboro Record Herald, PA, 5 Nov 2004

Mike Weir saves ugly round with putter, London Free Press, Canada, 5 Nov 2004

Tough First Day for KJ Choi on PGA Tour -- 33 putts, Korea Times, South Korea, 5 Nov 2004

Karrie Webb battles problem putter, Townsville Bulletin, Australia, 5 Nov 2004

Vietnam Masters: Corey Pavin needing to improve his putting, ESPN, 4 Nov 2004

Three Tied in Futures Qualifying Event -- first-round leader Brittany Lincicome cools to 72 in 2nd round -- "I couldn't putt.", The Ledger, FL, 4 Nov 2004

After Mike Weir's putting lapses at the Canadian Open, he now figures he's got the putting problems sorted, but his ballstriking needs a lot of work, Edmonton Sun, Canada, 4 Nov 2004

Record low in Class A -- 16-year-old Morgan Pressel fires 62 with 27 putts -- thinking 59 all the way, St. Petersburg Times, FL, 4 Nov 2004

Chad Campbell Trying to Meet Golf Potential -- no explanation for why second half of 2004 season has seen such poor results -- missing putts, missing fairways at critical times, Sun-Sentinel.com, FL, 4 Nov 2004

10 under and No. 1: 16-year-old Morgan Pressel wins 1A title with career-best round of 62 -- 8 birdies, 1 eagle, no bogeys -- felt she left a lot of shots on the course -- "I hit some really bad putts." -- watchers say: "She's not human.", Sun-Sentinel.com, FL, 4 Nov 2004

Sam Saunders wins Class A prep championship with 68-68 rounds -- 20-foot and 25-foot birdies coming in, OrlandoSentinel.com, FL, 4 Nov 2004

Cleveland Golf's new Voodoo Daddy putter, DetNews.com, MI, 4 Nov 2004

Stalwart Sir Bob Charles defies the odds -- One of the world's best on the greens, he used a Bullseye putter for most of his career but two years ago switched to SeeMore Putter to give him better alignment on short putts, Manawatu Standard, New Zealand, 4 Nov 2004

Officer Gary Vance earns medals in golf tournament at mesa Police and Fire Games at ASu's Karsten Course -- "I putted lights out. I holed a couple of 30-footers.", Casa Grande Valley Newspapers, AZ, 4 Nov 2004

Coach Ian Triggs: Putting now Karrie Webb's weakness, The Age (subscription), Australia, 4 Nov 2004

Slump-ridden Steve Stricker finishes too low on money list for card -- decides that school is out -- ranks 3rd in putts per round (28.08) but game not good enough now to survive Q-school, San Jose Mercury News (subscription), CA, 3 Nov 2004

Daniel Cavanagh races to record -- sinks 120 10-foot putts in a row using PuttMaster training aid -- "I can certainly vouch for the fact that the PuttMaster improved my putting over ten feet.", Oldham Advertiser, UK, 3 Nov 2004

Ty Tryon falls out of Q-school in first stage due to poor putting -- trying belly putter occasionally for some rescue, Orlando Sentinel (subscription), FL, 3 Nov 2004

Florida 2A Championship 1st round: Melbourne HS golfer David Johnson soars into state title hunt with 69 -- left four strokes on course -- lipped out birdie putts on last 4 holes, Florida Today, FL, 2 Nov 2004

Vijay Singh: "The putter change did me great.", Stuff.co.nz, New Zealand, 1 Nov 2004

Liz Janangelo snaps college record with 9-under 62 to spark come-from-behind win for Duke -- follows her first two rounds of 74 to end up second -- slow Bermuda greens tough to putt and Janangelo didn't make any putts the first two days, The Duke Chronicle, Durham, NC, 1 Nov 2004

European Tour stats attack -- Ian Poulter's Friday featured only 23 putts -- but for the season, averaged 29.6 putts a round in 2004, over half a stoke more than in 2003 and his worst return since joining the Tour, BBC Sport, UK, 1 Nov 2004

Joe Durant's putter hot at Tour Championship -- 8-under 63 -- sank birdie putts of 20 or more feet on the first three holes and made the turn in 5-under 31 -- made a 22-footer for birdie on the par-5 11th and nearly holed a 95-foot shot on the par-5 14th, Bradenton Tribune, FL, 31 Oct 2004

Kevin Na Finishes Up 13th at Chrysler Championship with 69 -- not putting well with 32 putts Sunday and averaging1.808 putts per GIR (54th in field), Korea Times, South Korea, 31 Oct 2004

Duke's Liz Janangelo fires NCAA record 62 -- 17 GIRs, 11 fairways, 26 putts, Durham Herald Sun, NC, 31 Oct 2004

Vijay Singh putts his way to lead, Napas.com, 31 Oct 2004

Vijay Singh Takes Control at PGA's Chrysler -- overcomes a 3-putt from 20 feet and cans a 30-foot birdie on 17th, The Porterville Recorder, CA, 31 Oct 2004

Pining for a putting green?, Miami Herald (subscription), FL, 31 Oct 2004

Philadelphia Golf Association: Chris lange's switch to long putter, improved putting pay for player of year, philly.com (subscription), pA, 31 Oct 2004

Brad Faxon's no-3-putt run: 363 consecutive holes, Boston herald, MA, 31 Oct 2004

Nick Watney, Justin Bolli share lead at Nationwide Tour Championship - Watney overcomes near-disastrous double bogey on par three where he 3-putted, CBS Sportsline, 31 Oct 2004

Volvo Masters: Colin Montgomerie continues saga of fine ballstriking wasted with poor putting, The Scotsman, uK, 31 Oct 2004

Time to take up the pen to save the putter, Telegraph.co.uk, uK, 31 Oct 2004

Volvo Masters: Sergio Garcia twitches a 2-foot putt -- Michael Campbell's putter began slithering in his hands like an electric eel as his ball went back and forth across the hole, Telegraph.co.uk, uK, 31 Oct 2004

Volvo Masters: Sergio Garcia, Colin Montgomerie missing easy short putts, The Sunday Times, UK, 31 Oct 2004

Volvo Masters: Colin Montgomerie -- "I hit 17 of 18 greens today and to do that around here is pretty good. The only shot I dropped was a three putt at 16 but I played great. I missed makeable putts at seven, eight, nine, 10, 11 and 13.", Sunday Herald, uK, 31 Oct 2004

Jeff Sluman's putting cools off, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, NY, 30 oct 2004

On Florida's Bermuda greens, Phil Mickelson relies on caddie to read putts -- "The one hole I did not use my caddie for a read, I three-putted. My ability to read them is not all that great.", St. Petersburg Times, FL, 30 Oct 2004

Jeff Sluman's roller-coaster putting -- 26 one day, 34 the next -- "I guess that's the way it goes.", Tampa Tribune, FL, 30 Oct 2004

Phil Mickelson not so sharp with putter on Florida's bermuda greens -- in 36 holes, 21 2-putts and two 3-putts -- misses cut -- doesn't play well after PGA Championship, Tampa Tribune, FL, 30 Oct 2004

The Green At Grant Park In Chicago -- 18-hole synthetic putting course, The Wire, 29 Oct 2004

GolfObserver.com: The American Golfer 1921: Willie Park Jr on the Art of Putting

GolfObserver.com: American Golfer 1923: How Walter Hagen putts

Volvo Masters at Valderamma: Colin Montgomerie makes disappointing start -- three-putts first hole, Ireland Online, Ireland, 29 Oct 2004

Nationwide Tour Championship: Ben Bates says putting not up to par -- in contention but missing lots of short putts, Montgomery Advertiser, AL, 29 Oct 2004

Super Sluman -- Jeff Sluman's course-record 62 includes a 35-foot, downhill, downgrain, left-to-right breaking birdie putt that convinces him he's having a special day, CJAD, Canada, 29 Oct 2004

Phil Mickelson three-putts from 6 feet for double bogey, CJAD, Canada, 29 Oct 2004

Putting is the problem for John Senden -- 194th on Tour in putts per round even though top-10 in ballstriking -- working with Brisbane coach Ian Triggs, Seven.com.au, Australia, 29 Oct 2004

Nationwide Tour Championship: Darren Stiles grabs first-round lead with 65 despite three-putting 18th hole, CBS Sportsline, 29 Oct 2004

Padraig Harrington: What's in My Bag -- Wilson Staff Kc4 putter with interchangeable top plates for different looks -- custom fit at 32 inches, GolfDigest.com, 29 Oct 2004

Hainan Island China's Sanya Open: Thai veteran Boonchu Ruangkit sinking plenty of putts in 10-15 foot range on good greens -- 9 birdies with 3 bogeys for third place, CBS Sportsline, 29 Oct 2004

Volvo Masters at Valderamma: Locals Sergio Garcia, Jose Manual Lara tied for lead in Spain -- Sergio misses two 10-footers on last two holes, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, PA, 29 Oct 2004

Volvo Masters at Valderamma: Sergio Garcia ties for lead as hometown hero -- misses two birdie putts on last two holes -- "It was a pity I missed them but I made some nice putts.", Channel News Asia, Singapore, 28 Oct 2004

Japan PGA Tour ABC Championship: Jeev Milkha Singh falters in first round with unfortunate three-putt on 16th but stands joint 14th, Rediff, India, 28 Oct 2004

European Tour Reuters Statistics leaders: Putts per GIR: Angel Cabrera with 1.7 or almost one birdie in every three attempts -- Putts per round: American Rob Rashell with an average of 28.3, PGA European Tour, 28 Oct 2004

John Rogers, Kiss three-putts goodbye -- get the pace right to get it close, Augusta Free Press, VA, 27 Oct 2004

Carbite Golf emerges from Chapter 11 with lines of popular putters, PGA.com, 27 Oct 2004

Diary: Mathias Gronberg at 130th on money list fights for '05 exemption in year-ending event -- "I've obviously got to putt better, too. I'm 179th in putting on TOUR and in 10 years in Europe, I don't think I was ever worse than 40th.", CBS Sportsline, 27 Oct 2004

New oversized putters feature moment of inertia technology, CBS Sportsline, 27 Oct 2004

Science & Motion's SuperSAM putting optimizer aims to sink the great putting problem, Guardian, UK, 27 Oct 2004

Jeff Brehaut has work to do at Chrysler -- rammed a 20-footer on the last hole at Disney, missed 5 feet by, and missed the comeback -- missed the cut by 1 and now stands 152nd on money list needed to get to 125th, St. Petersburg Times, FL, 27 Oct 2004

Putting propels Packer -- Largo freshman Evan Jensen got an Odyssey 2-Ball putter for her birthday -- Shot 5-under 67 to win individual honors at the Class 2A, Region 4 tournament at Lexington Oaks, St. Petersburg Times, FL, 27 oct 2004

Tour rookie Ryan Palmer wins Funai Classic with stellar 62 including 47-foot downhiller on 17th -- "I've been struggling all week on my long putts down grain, and when I saw that go in, I thought, 'That's justice,'", Taipei Times, Taiwan, 27 Oct 2004

Men's Golf Wins SCU Invitational -- Junior Michael Nicoletti drained a 30-foot putt on his final hole to secure individual medalist honors, SantaClaraBroncos.com, 26 Oct 2004

From Crazy To Cool -- Sports psychologists on Tour, Tampa Tribune, 27 Oct 2004

Jeff Shelley, The Ball Is the Target in Putting, Cybergolf National, 26 Oct 2004

Putting problems cost HH at states, phillyburbs.com, PA, 26 Oct 2004

Defenders Richmond too aggressive on fast greens at the Pit in NC prep Championship -- too many three putts and now 8 back, Charlotte Observer (subscription), NC, 26 Oct 2004

How to Make Your Practice More Productive (5) -- the one-ball, one-putt, on-course mindset, Korea Times, South Korea, 26 Oct 2004

Cooma Golf Club greens proving to be the winners, Cooma Monaro Express, Australia, 25 Oct 2004

Champions Tour rookie Mark McNulty masters final nine holes on Sunday to win Sonoma's Charles Schwab Championship -- 45-foot birdie on 11th sparks back-nine run, Napa Valley Register, CA, 25 Oct 2004

DJ Trahan Gets First Nationwide Victory -- only 24 putts in final round to win by 2 over 3rd round leader, Durham Herald Sun, NC, 24 Oct 2004

Asian Tour Shanghai Open: Aussie Terry Pilkadaris edges Thailand's Boonchu Ruangkit by 1 with final-hole 2-footer -- Boonchu: "I hit the ball really well all week, but didn't putt well on any of the days. I said yesterday that I would not be able to win unless I putted better, and that's what happened.", Eastday.com, China 24 Oct 2004,

DJ Trahan's 6-under sets a scoring record with his Miccosukee Championship victory -- overcomes year of having difficulty scoring -- 3rd-round leader Nick Watney falters with putting and leaves birdies on the course, PGA.com, 24 Oct 2004

Tom Lehman hoping third time is a charm -- Vijay Singh closing in with pure ballstriking in 65 round -- only 1 putt outside 15 feet, Monterey County Herald, CA, 24 Oct 2004

Eagles hoist Tom Lehman into Funai Classic tie with briny Baird -- both miss makeable putts on 18th for sole lead -- Vijay Singh only 3 back with 65 round -- 3 putts lip out on final 5 holes -- a very good round that could have been fantastic, Jackson Clarion Ledger, MS, 24 Oct 2004

Ohio Boys State Championship at OSU Scarlet Course: St Edwards senior Blake Furgerson has shot at medalist but three-putts last two holes and finishes third, Cleveland Plain Dealer, OH, 24 Oct 2004

Retief Goosen to defend Chrysler title at Tampa next week: struck by lightning at age 15, cracked his pelvis jet skiing, but he's still challenging for the top spot in golf -- marvelous putting at US Open recalled, St Petersburg Times, FL, 24 Oct 2004

Billy Andrade's season of lackluster putting continues -- 126th on money list with only conditional card -- "The putting comes and goes as we all know. It's coming back. I've been putting well the last month or so. If you've played as long as I have, you have years like this. This is one of those years where every time I've needed to make one (putt), I've lipped it out.", Boston Herald, MA, 24 Oct 2004

Arnie Cutrell won West Penn Mid-Am in May by changing to the belly putter between rounds -- "I hit 36 greens in regulation that day, but wasn't making (putts). I changed to a belly putter between rounds, and it has helped a lot.", Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, PA, 24 Oct 2004

Briny Baird needs just 23 putts to card a 66, Tallahassee.com, FL, 23 Oct 2004
Tom Lehman's putting has him in the hunt -- "Good putting is what wins tournaments. You can't ever hit it good enough to be able to win unless you're making your share of putts.'', TSN.ca, Canada, 22 Oct 2004

Tom Lehman in Greensboro in the lead called a penalty on himself when the ball moved on the green after grounding his putter at address -- ends up T-4, Daily Times, Pakistan, 22 Oct 2004

Briny Baird at 13 under 131 in lead -- seven birdies, six par saves, and only 23 putts, San Francisco Chronicle, CA, 22 Oct 2004

JL Lewis takes lead with opening 62 with only 25 putts -- Arjun Atwal starts with 4-under, Calcutta Telegraph, India, 22 Oct 2004

John Huston changes to a cross-hand grip at the last minute before round and uses only 23 putts, National Post, Canada, 22 Oct 2004

Isabelle Beisiegel has three three-putts and one four-putt -- "The putting is just something that I've been struggling with. I feel like I'm closer than I have been all year, but it's just not coming together. Putting is what I've had trouble with on the LPGA.", Desert Sun, Palm Springs, CA, 22 Oct 2004

PGA Welsh Classic: Craig Smith misses pro win by a whisker -- "It would have been nice to win but my putter wasn't working.", icWales, UK, 22 Oct 2004

Nationwide Tour Miccosukee Championship in Miami: NZer Tim Wilkinson shares first-round lead -- 64 with only 24 putts, New Zealand Herald, 22 Oct 2004

Vijay Singh Interview: "I've gone back to a conventional putter and I feel a lot more positive on the greens. I can make many more putts inside six, eight feet, and I feel like I'm going to make it, which is a big difference than standing over there and saying, "Man, I hope it goes in." I'm making a lot more birdies inside 20, 25 feet, and I'm having a run at it. I enjoy putting now.", Cybergolf National, 22 Oct 2004

Bryce Molder, Tim Wilkinson lead weather-delayed Miccosukee Championship with a pair of 64s in "lift, clean and place" play -- only 24 putts for Molder, CBS Sportsline, 21 Oct 2004

Callaway posts third quarter loss -- 42.2-percent drop in putter sales to $15.6 million, GolfDigest.com, 21 Oct 2004

Poor third quarter numbers at Callaway weren't completely unexpected -- putter sales off 42 percent -- new White Steel putter hoped to revitalize sales, PGA.com, 21 Oct 2004

Obsession of learning to do what comes naturally -- Padraig Harrington demonstrates his latest putting aid in drive to perfect technique -- practicing obsessively for artistry on the course, The Times, UK, 20 Oct 2004

On the China green -- Chinese golf growing by leaps and bounds -- Callaway and Oddyssey ink distribution deal with Pan West, Today (Singapore), Singapore, 20 Oct 2004

Callaway Golf Sharpening Focus -- putter sales decline from 18% to 12% of product mix, Motley Fool, 20 Oct 2004

Ping's latest introductions get rave reviews -- Doc and Craz-E putters, CBS Sportsline, 20 Oct 2004

Yes! Golf Amy putter review, Golfmagic.com, 20 Oct 2004

Callaway Golf posts large loss, San Diego Union Tribune -- Quarterly sales down from $153.6 to $128.5 million -- putter sales down, CA, 20 Oct 2004

Danny Luirette hits 300 yard drives with his putter, Bakersfield Californian (subscription), 20 Oct 2004

Arjun Atwal retains conditional Tour card with 6th place finish in Greensboro -- "I now have the confidence that I can play with the best of the boys out there. Only the putting, sometimes… Had I putted halfway decent last week, I would have come out winning!", Telegraph India, 20 Oct 2004

Eaton / Golf Pride clear C-Thru grips come in three putter styles, Milwaukee Channel.com, WI, 20 Oct 2004

Killer Bees Foundation: David Pena of Farmers Insurance Group will sponsor the $10,000 Putt-Fore Cash, OurSports Central (press release), WI, 19 Oct 2004

Jim McLean -- make short putts by sticking to your preputt routine, staying in your posture, and accelerating thru impact, GolfDigest.com, 18 Oct 2004

Brent Geiberger wins Greensboro with 2nd in GIRs (17 of 18 on Sunday) and 9th in putts per GIRs, FOX Sports, 18 Oct 2004

Improved putting helps Tom Lehman gain share of lead at Greensboro, Amarillo Globe News, TX, 17 Oct 2004

Deadlock in Match Play Final at Halfway Point -- Ernie Els and Lee Westwood trading holes -- Westwood missing some putts, Scotland on Sunday, UK, 17 Oct 2004

Lee Westwood to play Ernie Els in match play final -- in defeating Padraig Harrington, Els missed a half-dozen short putts -- "That really annoyed me." -- righted putted on back, Salt Lake Tribune, UT, 17 Oct 2004

Putting woes prime reason why Michelle Wie far from the leaders -- 66 putts for 36 holes ties her for last with Jennifer Rosales, Ventura County Star, CA, 17 Oct 2004

Tiger Woods hoping marriage will improve his putting, Boston Herald, MA, 17 Oct 2004

Logjam at the top in Greensboro -- Brent Geiberger's missed 5-footer at 17th drops him out of sole lead -- Tom Lehman finally comfortable with long putter and sick of not winning, Greensboro News Record, NC, 17 Oct 2004

Aim to improve putting, Ottawa Sun, Canada, 17 Oct 2004

Brad Faxon's no-three-putt streak ends on third hole of Greensboro round 3 at 362, Durham Herald Sun, NC, 17 Oct 2004

Despite bad back, Mark McNulty shoots to front with 63 -- 26 putts ties for 5th lowest in 2nd round -- average of 27 is the 2nd-best -- average putt Saturday 12'9" -- only 1 of 7 birdies outside 10', San Antonio Express, TX, 17 Oct 2004

Ironman Dana Quigley closing in on 247th consecutive event -- more than 3,000 birdies, 23,000 putts and 56,000 strokes, San Antonio Express, TX, 17 Oct 2004

Craig Lile weathers cold to climb Permian Basin leaderboard -- 67 round saved by putter -- only 11 GIRs but only 23 putts, CBS Sportsline, 16 Oct 2004

Bunker hole-out and chip-in boost Sergio Garcia -- Simon Khan misses 7-footer on last hole to tie for lead, TVNZ, New Zealand, 16 Oct 2004

Michelle Wie continues to struggle on greens in Samsung World Friday round -- "The ball kept finding ways not to go in. You have to get over that because it's all about momentum.", Honolulu Advertiser, HI, 16 Oct 2004

Padraig Harrington fails to overcome injury and only Ernie Els' errant putting keeps him in match to the end -- Miguel Angel Jimenez misses a 2-footer in falling to Lee Westwood, Ireland Online, Ireland, 16 Oct 2004

CCG: Al Geiberger steps into the lead with David Toms, Jeff Brehaut, and Tom Pernice only 1 back -- greens a little soft but firming -- Toms takes only 24 putts, Greensboro News Record, NC, 16 Oct 2004

CCG: John Daly's NASCAR-style merchandise trailer sells his Redneck Putters and other Daly accessories and memorabilia -- parks it at Hooters if a tournament won't let him on the property, Greensboro News Record, NC, 16 Oct 2004

CCG: David Gossett makes 17th straight early exit -- 4-putts last green and misses cut -- headed back to Q-school after a lousy year, Greensboro News Record, NC, 16 Oct 2004

CCG: Jason Dufner struggles with his putting -- "I hit a lot of fairways and a lot of greens but really struggled with the putter and probably missed four or five putts inside of five feet. And I had a four putt." -- 31 putts for the day, Winston-Salem Journal, NC, 16 Oct 2004

Grace Park widens lead to 4 -- "I feel like I could birdie every hole on this course, the way I've been striking the ball and putting." -- Annika Sorenstam 4th after three-putting last hole from 30 feet, Barre Montpelier Times Argus, VT, 16 Oct 2004

Looking for some Mo' -- Michelle Wie needs to gets some putts to fall -- "My ball striking was great again today and I putted better, but none of them went in the hole." -- Annika Sorenstam's putter fails on back nine with lots of lip-outs, Ventura County Star, CA, 16 Oct 2004

Ohio Division II Championship at OSU's Scarlet & Gray: Berkshire junior David Ludlow takes lead with fine long putting -- late 40-footer for par and 25-footer for birdie -- "I didn't start out that hot, but I was driving the ball well all day, and when my putter got hot, that salvaged my round.", Cleveland Plain Dealer, OH, 16 Oct 2004

Ernie Els advances in Match Play -- "I missed quite a few putts but getting through the first two rounds, certainly you start getting some momentum going.", National Post, Canada, 16 Oct 2004

Sergio Garcia 3 back of Simon Khan in Mallorca -- "I've been hitting the ball well the last couple of days and not getting the most out of them so if I can make a couple of putts and get some momentum going that would be nice.", icWales, UK, 16 Oct 2004

Nationwide players struggle in windy Midland -- greens hard and fast, Odessa American, TX, 16 Oct 2004

Tom Kite rallies for share of lead at SBC Championship -- "I hit iron shots very, very close, and I started making some putts." -- Tom Jenkins 1-putts 12 greens -- "The putter felt great. It felt like it melted in your hand when you're stroking it.", DetNews, MI, 16 Oct 2004

Grace Park shoots first-round 62 to take two-stroke lead -- caps brilliant round with 25-foot snaking birdie putt on 18th -- other long birdie putts -- first time she's fired 10-under round, Barre Montpelier Times Argus, VT, 15 Oct 2004

Retief Goosen whips Jeff Maggert 12 and 11 -- Goosen: "I've been struggling with my putting for the past few weeks, but I read the greens quite well and I putted really well for a change.", San Jose Mercury News (subscription), CA, 15 Oct 2004

SBC Championship: Craig Stadler at San Antonio's Oak Hill CC in the hunt for the Schwab Cup: ""This year, overall, I am consistently a better putter. These greens aren't very big. You've got to stay patient. If you get the ball on these greens, you'll make putts.", PGA.com, 15 Oct 2004

Europeans out-putting Americans again at World Match Play in Wentworth -- Padraig Harrington defeats Chris Riley when Riley misses a 10-footer -- Lee Westwood sends Todd Hamilton home with a 33-footer, Ireland Online, Ireland, 15 Oct 2004

Ernie Els Sees off Scott Drummond Challenge -- twice takes holes with putts outside Drummond's, The Scotsman, UK, 15 Oct 2004

Paired at Bighorn: Annika Sorenstam, Michelle Wie the crowd favorites, but are outplayed by Grace Park and others -- Wie on Sorenstam: "The thing that sets her apart is her putting. She makes the 15-foot putts. I'm pretty good from 9 feet and in, but put me outside 15 feet and I don't make anything.", Ventura County Star, CA, 15 Oct 2004

Lorena Ochoa at Bighorn: to get acquainted with course, spend time on greens to see the best place to land shots, chip onto greens to get the green speed, and practice long putts, Ventura County Star, CA, 15 Oct 2004

Catriona Matthew in contention at "perfect" Bighorn -- 8 birdies and no bogeys with all sinks from inside 15 feet for 8-under 64 -- 2 behind Grace Park's course-record 62, BBC Sport, UK, 15 Oct 2004

Chrysler Classic: After first round, it's tight at the top -- Jason Dufner has the lead -- poor putting this year has resulted in 15 missed cuts in 25 starts -- he needs top-5s the rest of the year to keep his card, News-Record, Greensboro NC, 15 Oct 2004

Darrell Survey 'Detectives' scope out equipment used by pros to make sure manufacturers get the play they pay for -- Rossa putters played without pay, News-Record, Greensboro NC, 15 Oct 2004

Tiger Woods' yacht captain incurs a penalty -- unfamiliar with the rules, Kansas City Star, MO, 15 Oct 2004

Chrysler Classic Notes: top amateur Ryan Moore fires a very respectable 68 that could have been lower -- lots of putts from 15 feet that burned the edges, Winston-Salem Journal, NC, 15 Oct 2004

Golden Goose lays it on -- staff squeegying off the greens between groups, The Mercury (subscription), South Africa, 15 Oct 2004

US Mid-Am at Sea Island: Bobby Grace putter tour rep Bob Evans helps friend Austin Eaton recover his game with a swing tip and go on to win Mid-Am and a berth at Augusta, GolfDigest.com, 14 Oct 2004

Mike Weir passes on Canada's spot in the World Cup -- duo of Stuart Anderson and Darren Griff fail to qualify in his place when Anderson misses a 3-foot putt -- duo still gets in when Paraguay withdraws, The Globe and Mail (subscription), Canada, 14 Oct 2004

St Paul's Marty O'Neil Celebrity Tournament: Twins manager Ron Gardenhire on the green the day after team ousted from playoffs -- putting for birdie as a fan yells "Why didn't you take out (Twins closer) Joe Nathan?" -- Gardenhire putted the ball off the green, Seattle Times, WA, 14 Oct 2004

The Texas three-step? Larry Nelson hoping to sweep Lone Star State events -- won Administaff SBC with wonderful putting -- raised on bermuda, Nelson gets on streaks with his putter -- averaged a tournament best 1.575 putts on the TifEagle greens at August Pines, mysanantonio.com, 14 Oct 2004

Chrysler Classic of Greensboro -- Shigeki Maruyama's putting dominated last-year's field with only 25.30 putts per round -- his best ever putting performance, CBS Sportsline, 13 Oct 2004

Bubble-boy Billy Andrade has putted poorly this year -- "I just haven't putted very well, and that's usually the best part of my game. But this year it's really kind of hurt me. All it takes is one good putting week." -- ranks 94th in putting, Winston-Salem Journal, NC, 13 Oct 2004

Cutter & Buck Names Jim Grundberg As Manager Of Golf -- former marketer for Odyssey putters, BunkerShot.com, 12 Oct 2004

Brad Faxon's putting streak: no three-putt green now for 324 holes -- since last green at PGA Championship, SLAM! Sports, Canada, 12 Oct 2004

The lowdown on cg -- low putter center of gravity reduces backspin, GolfDigest.com, 12 Oct 2004

DeLaCruz Golf Wins 2004 Tech Award, BunkerShot.com, 12 Oct 2004

Chanin Puntawong top individual -- putter smoking hot, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, FL, 12 Oct 2004

Srixon Golf's MI putter series. (Photo: Srixon Golf), PGA.com, 12 Oct 2004

Andre Stolz Wins First Title at Michelin -- Tom Lehman struggles with the long putter and misses crucial short putts to fall short, Greenwich Time, CT, 11 Oct 2004

Specially designed putters help amputees enjoy the greens, Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, IN, 11 Oct 2004

Stephen Gallacher's wedge shot wraps up 'dream' title -- wins in playoff over Graeme McDowell -- McDowell and Like Donald both three-putt 17th and Donald's putt to make playoff on 18th comes up short, Belfast Telegraph (subscription), UK, 11 Oct 2004

Wayne Levi's game hits wall in final round -- lackluster play overtaken by Hale Irwin from 4 back and then Larry Nelson from 7 back to defeat irwin in playoff -- Levi: "I really played good enough to win this thing. The putting failed me here.", Houston Chronicle, TX, 11 Oct 2004

Larry Nelson wins Administaff in playoff when Hale Irwin's putt for birdie from 56 feet misses badly when sun blinds his aim -- Irwin also missed winning short putts of 5, 6, and 7 feet on final holes -- said he "putted so poorly, it's not even worth talking about.", Houston Chronicle, TX, 11 Oct 2004

Liselotte Neumann back in the winner's circle -- "This week definitely the putts were dropping and it's a great feeling to get that win.", Houston Chronicle, TX, 10 Oct 2004

Stephen Gallacher scores first European Tour win at Dunhill Links -- Vijay Singh finishes 8 back: "I didn't make many putts. It was hard to make putts in the cold out there.", Canada.com, 10 Oct 2004

Long putter helps Tom Lehman lead in Las Vegas, Allentown Morning Call, PA, 10 Oct 2004

With one round to go, Wayne Levi's on a hot streak -- 64 followed by 67 that could have been a 64 -- Levi missed a four-foot birdie attempt at No. 4, a 3 1/2 -footer at No. 6 and an eight-footer at No. 9, Houston Chronicle, TX, 10 Oct 2004

Dunhill Links: Luke Donald's putting keeps him close to the lead -- one back -- holes four putts of between 10 feet and 25 feet, Contra Costa Times (subscription), CA, 9 Oct 2004

Liselotte Neumann's putter on fire -- shoots 2nd 68 with only 22 putts -- consecutive birdie putts of 15, 17, 25 and 30 feet -- "It's a bucket today, everything's dropping.", TheDay, CT, 9 Oct 2004

Lehigh Valley Tournament of Champions: Rob Arnts overcomes tricky Oak Hill greens -- 10 GIRs and 29 putts -- "The greens here will kill you, but I didn't let it get out of hand.", Penn Live, PA, 9 Oct 2004

Wayne Levi opens with a 64: "I've been hitting the ball well, but the three-putts each week were killing me. I've eliminated those recently, worked hard on my stroke. You've got to roll the ball well out here if you want to win." Sarasota Herald-Tribune, FL, 9 Oct 2004

JL Lewis' 63 good for narrow lead in Las Vegas -- 15 GIRs and only 25 putts, Detroit Free Press, MI, 9 Oct 2004

Lee Swinehart pencils in a 59 at McCabe course -- joins Kenny Perry and 2nd cousin Jimmy Smith -- finished with a 6-footer -- "My knees were kind of knocking over that putt. I was thinking I'd hate to go all that way and shoot 60.", The Tennessean, TN, 9 Oct 2004

Nick Faldo at 47 -- recounts winning putt for first Masters jacket as "an amazing 5 seconds" -- always wanted to win and found believing he was the best while acting humble a bit strange, Telegraph.co.uk, UK, 9 Oct 2004

Graeme McDowell shoots record-tying 62 at St. Andrews Old Course -- sinks 15-footer on 17th and misses 10-footer on 18th for record, USA Today, 8 Oct 2004

Why these fascinating innovations with a putter have sent my heart all a-flutter -- of all the implements in the sporting universe, none is more fiendishly enigmatic than the putter, Independent, UK, 8 Oct 2004

US Mid-Am at Sea Pines: Austin Eaton III and Josh Dennis battle down to the wire -- Dennis birdies 16th from 15 feet to square the match and Eaton answers on 17th with a testy 6-footer to stay even and then wins 18th hole when Dennis' drive is sent to the marsh by strong wind, Brunswick News, GA, 8 Oct 2004

The 19th hole: Vijay Singh's putter switches -- belly putter to standard-length Bettinardi MC-3 to standard-length Never Compromise, St. Petersburg Times, FL, 7 Oct 2004

Vijay Singh credits rise to Mt Everest to switching from belly putter back to conventional putter -- hones his skills at home in Florida on his artificial putting green, The Herald, UK, 7 Oct 2004

Vijay Singh abandoned belly putter after averaging 34 putts per round at Troon last year -- then worked a week on his artificial green and came out smoking -- shot 63 and won the next event and hasn't looked back, Guardian, UK, 7 Oct 2004

Vijay Singh puts in an hour a day in evenings with his son on artificial green at home -- always considered belly putter temporary and only practiced at home with a conventional putter all along, The Scotsman, UK, 7 Oct 2004

Industry Hills' 15th: the Siren Song of a large green -- approach casually and you get the shipwreck of a three-putt, Pasadena Star-News, CA, 7 Oct 2004

Nicklaus' Footprint at Bear Trace -- get on the wrong level of a multi-level green, and you're staring at a 3-putt, The Ledger, FL, 6 Oct 2004

White Steel Putting Challenge at the dunhill links: SA pro Louis Oosthuizen sinks R36 000 putt -- duplication of Paul Lawrie's 2001 winning 40-footer thru the Valley of Sin that put Callaway Two-ball putter on the map, IAfrica South African News, South Africa, 7 Oct 2004

Bogey-free round helps Uttam Singh Mundy tie with Shamin Khan with 65s in HT Pro Golf 1st round -- Khan's incredible putting round of only 22 putts overcame hitting only 11 GIRs, Indian Express, India, 7 Oct 2004

Pub Links Golfer Magazine Announces 'Hands On' Product Play Testing -- top putter award to Scotty Cameron Red X mallet, The Wire, 6 Oct 2004

Heavy Putter Earns Top Ten On Champions Tour While Retaining Its Position As The Fourth Most-Used Putter According To The Darrell Survey, The Wire, 6 Oct 2004

Craig Thomas wins in sudden death to capture the 2004 Eastern PGA CPC -- unexpected miss of playoff putt dooms Ron Philo Jr., PGA.com, 6 Oct 2004

87th Florida State Amateur Championship: Tampa's Brad Quiri snags state title outlasting Wistorf's poor putting down the stretch -- "All day it was my putting... I couldn't make any of the putts I needed to.", Golden Gate Gazette, FL, 6 Oct 2004

The Buzz on current putters -- White Hot, Ping Craz-E, and Scotty Cameron Red X mallet, GolfDigest.com, 6 Oct 2004

US Mid-Am: Jeff Wilson enjoys flurry on links to reach quarterfinal matches -- fairways and greens and make a few putts, TheReporter.com, 6 Oct 2004

Putt-Putt: It wasn't just a place to play games, Rock Hill Herald, SC, 6 Oct 2004

Cardinal men's golf team fails to execute at Windon Memorial Classic -- Illinois greens 4-5 feet slicker than California greens, Stanford Daily, 6 Oct 2004

Annika Sorenstam tells how she does it in her first book -- Golf Annika's Way -- includes chapter on putting based on working with Dave Stockton, Myrtle Beach Sun News, SC, 6 Oct 2004

How to Make Your Practice More Productive (2), Korea Times, South Korea, 6 Oct 2004

Ian Poulter prefers the pro-am experience -- 5-minute putting lesson helps am sink a swirling 25-footer in contest and win $4,000 watch -- focus not on sinking the putt but solely on the pace, Telegraph.co.uk, UK, 6 Oct 2004

Bruce Fleisher: Eyes on the ball for better putting -- keep eyes still on short putts and wait to hear the sound of the ball falling into the cup before moving head, Cincinnati Post, OH, 5 Oct 2004

Odyssey White Steel putter line Dual Insert Technology -- a milled stainless steel insert surrounded by a responsive, modified White Hot insert to create a combination of precision and feel, PGA. com, 6 Oct 2004

Short putts gain in dollar value as PGA Tour winds down -- fight for next year's card heats up, Las Vegas Sun, NV, 5 Oct 2004

US Mid-Am -- Three days left -- Doug Green: "I've given myself a chance but I'm going to have to putt better to win anymore. I've had a number of birdie opportunities, but the putts just haven't been dropping.", Brunswick News, GA, 5 Oct 2004

Celebrity Players Tour -- Rick Rhoden blows out field at Stan Humphries Classic with 64-68 and wins by 10 strokes over field -- making all the should-make putts -- 23 wins in 62 starts -- aiming for Champions Tour Q-school, Sports Network, 5 Oct 2004

State AA 2-day at Moccasin Creek: Eric Lindquist of Sioux Falls Washington gets tournament lead -- "My putting pulled me through and I changed my putter before the tournament. I only had 26 putts. I hope my putter continues to get me out of trouble.", Aberdeen American News, SD, 5 Oct 2004

State 5A 2-day at Mountain Dell: Tyson Lund and Bingham Miners take command -- Lund has six birdies with only 28 putts on rock-hard greens -- last year Brighton Bengals would have won except Mike Branca's 1st round DQd for tapping in a putt with cover still on -- a non-conforming putter, St Lake Tribune, UT, 5 Oct 2004

Josh Hedge, West lead going into State AA final day with Hedge's 69 -- Biggest reason for his low score was putting the ball on the right spot of the big Old Works greens -- "The key here is getting the right putt on these greens.", Billings Gazette, MT, 4 Oct 2004

Poor-putting Scott Dunlap discovers the plan this week on Nationwide Tour, Los Angeles Times (subscription), CA, 4 Oct 2004

Best-man Elliot Gealy makes good on promise -- skips friend's wedding to win Hooters Tour tournament by seven shots wire-to-wire -- solid iron play and putting, Florida Today, FL, 4 Oct 2004

Hooters Tour Championship: Jim Schafer four-jacked the 11th hole Sunday and walked off the green looking like he wanted to snap his putter over one of his knees -- started third, ended 17th -- Bubba Dickerson finishes high but missed some putts -- "I can fix the putting" before next month's Q-School, Florida Today, FL, 4 Oct 2004

45th Southeastern Amateur Championship: Jason Clary delays turning pro to win SE -- Clary finishes birdie-birdie-par-par to edge defender John Hadges by 1 after Hadges misses a birdie putt on 15th and 3-putts 18th from 25 feet for bogey, Boston Herald, MA, 4 Oct 2004

Frustrated Tiger Woods leaves Ireland as World No. 3 -- putting falls off once iron-play improves, ABS CBN News, Philippines, 4 Oct 2004

Irish win for Ernie Els puts Tiger Woods down to third in the world -- Challenge from Thomas Bjorn derails with 3-putt on 17th, ic Wales, UK, 4 Oct 2004

Swedes gather for New York's Pier 25 Putt-Off and then continue to US Nationa Mini-Golf Championship this week in Myrtle Beach, The Journal News.com, NY, 4 Oct 2004

Fred Funk Ends 6-Year Drought With 22-under Win at SFB -- Ryan Palmer's 18th-hole bid to tie from 49 feet rolls 5 inches short -- Glen Day works on keeping his card at 146th on money list starting out but finishes tied for 3rd with good putting and timely iron play, Myrtle Beach Sun, SC, 3 Oct 2004

Els shoots a 64 to move two clear at Mount Juliet -- Tiger Woods backing up: "My putting was terrible. I had two three-putts and left two short ones there, so that's four putts right there. I should have shot 66 no problem today.", eTaiwan News, Taiwan, 3 Oct 2004

Ernie Els keeps lead as Tiger Woods' putter fails -- Tiger has 19 putts on the back nine and falls 5 behind, Taipei Times, Taiwan, 3 Oct 2004

Tiger Woods' made three long birdies on the front nine and was only one shot behind Els at the turn, but on the back nine he 3-putted for par from 70 feet on the 10th, then 3-putted for bogey from 18', China Post, Taiwan, 2 Oct 2004

South Korea, Myanmar and Taiwan earn World Cup spots -- South Korea's Kim sinks 40-footer on 2nd playoff hole to take title from Myanmar, News-Herald.com, United States, 3 Oct 2004

Kang Soo-yun Victorious at KLPGA Pavv Invitational -- Ahn Shi-hyun has trouble with putter and finishes 2nd, Korea Times, South Korea, 3 Oct 2004

SFB Classic: Poplarville native Glen Day had 1st round lead but has fallen off since -- "I hit it where I wanted to hit it, I just didn't make any putts.", Jackson Clarion Ledger, MS, 3 Oct 2004

Horse race at SFB: Everything points to Fred Funk, but this is golf -- Funk shoots 64 on course where he has the history -- Chris Couch's putter red hot -- Steve Pate vulnable on the greens -- Loren Roberts playing very steady golf, Jackson Clarion Ledger, MS, 3 Oct 2004

Northside Prep Mustangs take Public League Championship at Joe Louis GC -- Nelson Mandrell titles again with only 27 putts, Chicago Sun Times, IL, 3 Oct 2004

Great Falls man behind decades of free holiday meals dies -- Caroll Seman even invented putter he marketed as the "Rongway" putter, Great Falls Tribune, MT, 3 Oct 2004

Gulf Coast 4-ball -- 31st Slavic Invitational: It's still anybody's game for Grand Bear finale -- "big greens, big fairways" lead to low team scores -- some snakes and bombs dropping, SunHerald.com, MS, 3 Oct 2004

Junior golfer Sean Hedden joins Colorado High School golf after move from Florida -- Toughest part about moving has been putting on Bent grass instead of Florida's Bermuda -- Ball breaks more severely on Bermuda -- Reading bent grass in Colorado tough, Boulder Daily Camera, 3 Oct 2004

Nationwide Tour: Steve Gutschewski grabs two-stroke lead on windy day with bogey-free round -- "I gave myself a lot of chances. Nothing super close but a bunch in that 15 to 25-foot range. I had a lot of good looks at it but just couldn't get any to fall." CBS Sportsline, 2 Oct 2004

Iowa pro Curt Schnell survives a four-putt miscue to win the 2004 Northern PGA Club Pro Championship, PGA.com, 2 Oct 2004

Steve Pate and Harrison Frazar tied at the top for Southern Farm Bureau Classic -- both drop 27-foot monsters, The Australian, Australia, 2 Oct 2004

The hole truth on backyard putting, South Bend Tribune, IN, 2 Oct 2004

Adam Scott, other Australians, lose their way in Ireland -- Scott 4-putts 10th for bogey, Queensland Sunday Mail, Australia, 2 Oct 2004

Darren Clarke's putter heats up in 65 round -- putts of 20, 4, 15, 50, 35, 30, and 8 feet -- still far out of the running, sportinglife.com, UK, 2 Oct 2004

Southern Farm Bureau Classic: Neal Lancaster, who missed the cut, will have one less club in his bag on the way home -- He casually dropped his putter into a garbage can before turning in his scorecard, Jackson Clarion Ledger, MS, 2 Oct 2004

From South Korea, Lilly Hong is right at home on green -- Desert Ridge HS junior improves power to complement her accurate putts -- lights-out putter loves to practice while planning her medical career, Arizona Republic, AZ, 2 Oct 2004

Pappas brothers sizzle with a pair of 66s -- Brendan cans a 42-foot birdie -- "It was probably the swinging point of the round to make that beautiful putt." -- Deane: "I hit a lot of fairways and greens, and made a few long putts.", Jackson Clarion Ledger, MS, 1 Oct 2004

The greens of Mt Juliet -- First-round leader Todd Hamilton: "If you can't putt on these greens, you can't putt, because the greens are spectacular.", The Ledger, FL, 1 Oct 2004

Mitchell Golf Announces Promotions, Wire, 1 Oct 2004

Choi Kyoung-ju tied for 38th in 1st Round with 71 -- putter lets him down -- 32 putts, Korea Times, South Korea, 1 Oct 2004

Blind youngsters hit the links in Cherry Hill pharmacist Norman Kritz's program -- part of Middle Atlantic Blind Golf Association, Philadelphia Inquirer (subscription), PA, 1 Oct 2004

World Cup Qualifier in Malaysia: Indian golfers joint fifth after opening round -- Rahil Gangjee sinks a monster eagle putt on final hole to post fourball 67 behind leader Malaysia at 63, Sun Network, India, 1 Oct 2004

Back-spasm week in pro golf: Elliot Gealy sets blistering pace on Hooters Tour at Suntree with his lowest-pro-round 63 -- accurate woods and irons and a hot putter -- 4 strokes ahead of the field -- bad back spasms for weeks, Florida Today, FL, 1 Oct 2004

Farragut HS Lady Admirals edges rivals Bearden in golf -- soph Erika Thorton wins individual title with 5-under round that included a 35-foot eagle on 17th, Knoxville News Sentinel, TN, 1 Oct 2004

Jeff Jackson, Update the performance of your clubs, Bunkershot.com Golf Magazine, 1 Oct 2004

Massachussetts Senior Championship -- Don Anderson Shoots 5-under par 67 for Lead -- only blemishes were two 3-putt bogeys, BunkerShot.com, United States, 1 Oct 2004

Tiger Woods 2 back of leader in Ireland -- putting helps overcome back spasms -- round includes 40-foot birdie -- "I figured if I could just get the ball on the green somehow, the way I'm putting, I could shoot below par.", ABC Online, Australia, 1 Oct 20

World Cup Qualifier in Malaysia: Malaysia fourball pair Danny Chia and R Nachimuthu fire 63 to set pace -- Nachimuthu: “We were aggressive on some holes and made some nice putts.”, Daily Times, Pakistan, 1 Oct 2004

Darren Clarke's putter cold in Ireland, IrishExaminer.com (subscription), Ireland, 1 Oct 2004

Todd Hamilton putting strong at Mt Juliet, Fresno Bee, CA, 1 Oct 2004