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2005 1st Quarter - January thru March 

Golden Bear Tour to merge into Grey Goose Tour, Golf Business Wire, 31 Mar 2005

PSPB Open Petroleum Golf Championship at Delhi Golf Course: Leader Guarav Ghei in at 66 -- pro Jeev Milkha Singh did not have a great outing -- he carded a five-over, 77 -- "I putted very poorly and got stuck quite badly on the par-four 16th hole where I made a seven and three-putts on the seventh and ninth did not help.", Express India, 31 Mar 2005

Not eligible for the Players Championship, Tour rookie Sean O'Hair drops back to the Nationwide Tour and finishes second -- blames not winning on poor putting in 3rd round -- I had seven putts inside 10 feet on the back nine alone, and didn't make one of them. You take five of those seven, and I shoot the same score on the front, I'm 10-under. The putts just didn't fall on the back.", WJLA ABC News 7, 31 Mar 2005

While the Pope lies dying and Indonesia lays in ruins from sumnami and eathquake, here's the latest from the Indonesian Catholic Bishop: "The Catholic faithful of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, Florida, were stunned and saddened today by the news that Bishop Robert N. Lynch, while playing a skins game at Indonesia's Surabaya Golf Club, missed a 22 inch birdie putt on the notorious 380-yard 16th hole, almost certainly due to negligent green-keeping." -- says greenskeeper dereliction "ruined Easter.", Catholic World News (CWN), 31 Mar 2005

Really bad holes: Golfers recall holes gone awry -- "Arnold Palmer took a 12 in the Los Angeles Open at Rancho Park, and there's a plaque at the green, commemorating it. Someone had the temerity to ask Arnie how come he had a 12. "I missed a putt for 11," the King answered., Honolulu Advertiser, HI, 31 Mar 2005

Prepping New England golf greens is no easy feat, Salem News, MA, 31 Mar 2005

White Steel 2 ball blade, Golf-Gear-Review.com (press release), PA, 31 Mar 2005

The brainchild of mother-son team Candy Phelps and Chris Wehrle, the 'Putt-Her' is a regulation flat-stick which has the image of a bikini clad woman in the shaft when sinking a 20 footer, SCOREGolf, Canada, 31 Mar 2005

Mother and son can bond over golf links in friendly competition at Parks and ec event at Barrymore's Sports Complex, Sterling Heights Mirror, MI, 31 Mar 2005

Charlie Nunes' streak includes ace, eagle, hot putter with only 11 putts on front nine at PGA St Lucie West CC, Vero Beach Press-Journal, FL, 31 Mar 2005

US Masters course hole by hole; No. 6 (Juniper) par three, 180 yards -- In 1970, 17 successive players three-putted on this hole, Reuters.uk, UK, 31 Mar 2005

Sugarloaf showcases dominance of long bombers who care little about staying in the fairway and are not challenged for shotmaking skills as in the past -- Still, PGA Tour scores have not gotten significantly lower in past 25 years -- "It's the putter that does the talking," Tour player Stuart Appleby said. "That's the one that really puts a score on a card.", Atlanta Journal Constitution, GA, 30 Mar 2005

Isleworth vs Lake Nona for $1.4M: Tiger Woods, Ernie Els can't settle Tavistock tie -- Els-Goosen vs Janzen-Woods in playoff -- Els sinks 12-footer and Goosen sinks 30-footer but Woods rallies with 18-footer -- Els and Goosen then each miss 15 footers for the win before darkness closes event out, Boulder Daily Camera, CO, 30 Mar 2005

Fred Funk at 49 wins TPC despite three 3-putts as rivals fade -- Luke Donald misses 22-footer to tie, Scott verplank misses 7-footer to tie, The Argus, CA, 30 Mar 2005

Yes! Golf Tracy Putters, Golf-Gear-Review.com (press release), PA, 30 Mar 2005

Pitch and putt now open for season at Sewerby Hall and Gardens near Bridlington, Bridlington Free Press, UK, 30 Mar 2005

Bird dogging: Cosmo the border collie tasked with goose chasing at Three Crowns Golf Course -- poop makes putting messy, Casper Star Tribune, WY, 30 Mar 2005

Omni Tucson's National Invitational Tournament: ASU men's golf stumbles to ninth -- team leader Alejandro Canizares struggles all week with his putting, ASU Web Devil, AZ, 30 Mar 2005

Western Intercollegiate: Cal Bears fall apart on soggy course -- inconsistent play and poor putting by team, Daily Californian, CA, 30 Mar 2005

Former Husker Scott Gutschewski striving to make it big in PGA -- works with Mike Schuchart of Wilderness Club -- at Tucson shot 69, 67, 66 but then the putts stopped dropping -- Schuchart: He should have been leading that tournament by five shots,” said Schuchart, who played on the PGA Tour from 1990-93. “A good putter is not good enough on the tour." -- ends with 73 and T-20, Daily Nebraskan, NE, 30 Mar 2005

Newcomers at Augusta: Peter Lonard made his Masters debut in 2003 and three-putted the first four greens, MSNBC, 30 Mar 2005

Geoff Ogilvy narrowly misses Masters initation -- ends up just out of world top-50 ranks after missing cut at TPC -- I played awful today, really. My putting stats are going to come out not looking like I putted poorly, but I did.", GolfDigest.com, 30 Mar 2005

'Heavy Putter' Might Up Your Game, Milwaukee Channel.com, WI, 29 Mar 2005

Vijay Singh comes closest of Big Four at TPC -- within 4 of lead when his 3-putt from 8 feet on 15th sours his round, Arkansas City Traveler, KS, 29 Mar 2005

Luke Donald comes close at TPC but lethal 3-putt from 12 feet on 11th hole for bogey and missed birdie chance on 18th leave him short, Times Online, UK, 29 Mar 2005

SMU Mustangs Win Pinehurst Intecollegiate when Sophomore Colt Knost sinks a 30-foot birdie on 18th green to edge Jeff Overton for medalist honors, SMUMustangs.com, 29 Mar 2005

Stanford Cardinals sophomore Lauren Todd takes 8th at Oregon Duck Invitational with 12 one-putt greens -- team finishes third -- "It was the best my short game has been in at least a year.", CollegeSports.com, NY, 29 Mar 2005

West of Ireland AM: Local dream ends as Co Sligo trio make their exit after reaching sweet 16 -- Sean McTernan, Seryth Heavey and Gary McDermott suffer spotty putting in the clutch, Sligo Weekender, Ireland, 29 Mar 2005

TPC 17th wrecks Bob Tway -- only 4 back, Tway hits 4 in the water and then 3-putts for a record-high 12, London Free Press, UK, 29 Mar 2005

Shaky Morgan Pressel lands in top 20 -- "You need to make a lot of putts. Putting is what separates players.", Sun-Sentinel.com, FL, 28 Mar 2005

Cleveland Golf Classics Series V, Golf-Gear-Review.com, PA, 28 Mar 2005

Winn AVS Midsize Putter, Golf-Gear-Review.com, PA, 28 Mar 2005

Joe Durant putting better -- missed just one inside 13 feet on Saturday -- "I've just tried to tighten my stroke up a little bit but haven't really done any major mechanical changes. I think when I putt my best, it's more of a piston-like action as opposed to a long flowing (Ben) Crenshaw-type stroke.", noticias,info (press release), Spain, 28 Mar 2005

Adam Scott frustrated with his putting -- hits 16 greens but takes 31 putts -- "If I get some touch going with the putter, I'll be fine.", noticias.info (press release), Spain, 28 Mar 2005

Tim Herron putting lights out at Sawgrass -- joins leaders with 66 and ties event record with six birdies in a row -- putts from 8, 5, 11, 2, 16 and 6 feet, noticias.info (press release), Spain, 87 Mar 2005

Putting drops Morgan Pressel to 19th -- ''She couldn't make any putts the whole round,'' her caddie Bryan Crocker said, Miami Herald, FL, 28 Mar 2005

Michelle Wie learning to grind and ends up top amateur at Nabisco -- "I didn't play my best and learned to grind it out there. I felt really great about today. I seriously made every putt inside 10 feet, and that's a big accomplishment for me.", San Diego Union Tribune, CA, 28 Mar 2005

Annika the Great: no mistakes in 5th-in-a-row major -- no bogey over the last 39 holes -- only one bogey in the last 53 --no three-putt for bogey all week -- "I've been driving down the street, it's been green lights -- everything's perfect. Good music on the radio, you name it.", San Diego Union Tribune, CA, 28 Mar 2005

Southeast HS Buffaloes seeking elusive state crown -- working hard on short game with drills for 9-foot kneeknockers, Kansas.com, KS, 28 Mar 2005

Unlucky Colin Montgomerie misses out despite shooting career-best 60 -- misses 10-foot birdie putt on final hole for 59 and win that would have meant automatic qualification for the Masters -- finishes 4th in Indonesia -- "It's the best golf I have ever played, even back to the mid-90s.", Daily Mail, UK, 28 Mar 2005

Palomar College golfer John Gray has the ballstriking skills of a Tour player but needs work on his putting, North County Times, CA, 28 Mar 2005

Japan Tour: Jeev Milkha Singh finishes tied 7th with final round 64 and only 25 putts -- second top-10 in a row, Calcutta Telegraph, India, 28 Mar 2005

Tiger Woods struggles to barely make the cut on the number at the TPC -- par-saving putts from 6 and 12 feet save him, Rock Hill Herald, SC, 27 Mar 2005

Thailand's Thaworn Wiratchant romped to a sensational five-stroke victory on Sunday in the $1-million-dollar Indonesia Open after shooting a final round seven-under-par 63 -- runner-up Raphael Jacquelin: "He made many putts and he was looking very confident on the short game and that's why he's on top of the leaderboar.", sport.iafrica.com, South Africa, 27 Mar 2005

Ping Craz-E G21 Putters, Golf-Gear-Review.com, PA, 27 Mar 2005

La Quinta High School Blackhawks golf turning heads -- wins Palmetto national event over 110 teams by 17 strokes -- two team members finished 2nd and 3rd and could have done a lot better except for putting woes, The Desert Sun, CA, 27 Mar 2005

Michael Lamond, Reading greens made easy -- speed first -- tips for reading grain in Florida, Venice Gondolier, FL, 27 Mar 2005

Kimberly Donovan cards a 69 at Mizuno Juniors at Brazelton's Elan course -- 3-birdie, 1-bogey round based on sharp ballstriking -- "I was striking the ball really well all day, so I didn't have too many long putts.", Milford Daily News, MA, 27 Mar 2005

Bobby Grace says putter design is all about weight distribution in the putter head, Huntsville Times, AL, 27 Mar 2005

The Greatest Masters -- Jack Nicklaus's come-from-behind win in 1986 -- missed putts of 20, 18, 5, 22, and 10 feet over 1st 8 holes, then sank tricky 11-footer on 9th followed by back-to-back 25-footers on 10th and 11th to spark rip-roaring back-nine charge of birdie-par-eagle-birdie-birdie-par for 65 and victory, Ventura County Star, CA, 27 Mar 2005

Clubmaker De La Cruz promotes Clayton Shumaker to CEO -- longtime protege of noted swing guru Marshall Smith of the De La Cruz staff, Joplin Globe, MO, 27 Mar 2005

Lee Westwood thru 36 holes at TPC -- only 50 putts, Scotsman, UK, 27 Mar 2005

Tiger Woods continues to miss putts inside 10 feet, ABC News, 26 Mar 2005

Six under on the 18th tee and tied for 5th, Vijay Singh finds water twice and misses a 10-footer to card a quadruple bogey 8 that drops him 31 spots, CJAD, Canada, 26 Mar 2005

Jeff Brehaut grabs La. Open lead with series of long bombs outside 20 feet -- cans putts from 25, 40, 20, and 25 feet -- Bill Lunde only 1 back after 15 GIRs Friday and only 21 putts Thursday, The Lafayette Daily Advertiser, LA, 26 Mar 2005

Teenager Morgan Pressel leads the way, then stumbles -- sinks 3 birdie putts outside 20 feet then her putter goes cold -- a couple of three-putts and lots of missed chances leave her only 4 back of Annika Sorenstam, Palm Beach Post, FL, 26 Mar 2005

Annika Sorenstam 3-putts the first hole then rights her ship for Nabisco lead -- Karen Stupples 3-putts first two holes and balloons to 80, Sportinglife.com, UK, 26 Mar 2005

William and Mary Invitational: W&M Tribe catches Richmond and then wins dramatic playoff in 18-team event -- senior Tim Pemberton birdies 16th and 18th holes to tie and sophomore Ryan Price drains the critical putt from 15 feet in the playoff, The Dog Street Journal, VA, 26 Mar 2005

Golf Truth & Rumors -- Stuart Appleby: "It's the putter that does the talking. That's the one that really puts a score on a card. You are not hardly going to win many tournaments hitting it in the rough. You are going to have to putt unbelievably well.", CNN/SI, 26 Mar 2005

Sea Island resident Davis Love III opens with a lackluster 72 at TPC -- "I missed too many fairways to shoot a good score, but I hung in there. I feel like I putted pretty well, and made a couple of speed putts for birdies and saved par several times.", Brunswick News, GA, 25 Mar 2005

On par-5 9th, Sergio Garcia stuffs a wonderful 3-wood 280 yards to 8 feet and then pulls the putt -- Spaniard still singing the ballstriker's lament: "I didn't make many putts, but I hit it close call day.", Scotsman, UK, 25 Mar 2005

Steve Jones shoots 8-under 64 for lead at TPC -- 8 birdies, no bogeys -- 7 birdies over 8 holes including putts from 25, 40, and 50 feet, San Jose Mercury News, 25 Mar 2005

Tiger Woods on Steve Jones at TPC: "You know, Jonsey can putt.", San Francisco Chronicle, 25 Mar 2005

Annika Sorenstam one back at Nabisco -- says change from fast Phoenix greens to slower California greens a bit of an adjustment -- "It seems like the greens are a little moody.", The Porterville Recorder, 25 Mar 2005

Tiger Woods' putting still spotty -- misses three birdies inside 8 feet, one of which was a 3-putt from inside 8 feet -- "You just can't afford to do that." -- Sergio Garcia also not putting well, Monterey County Herald, CA, 24 Mar 2005

Tiger Woods at TPC: "I probably had four or five putts I missed from 10 feet on in," Woods said. "You just can't afford to do that, especially when the greens are so perfect. You should make every one of those.", Chicago Tribune, 25 Mar 2005

Cal Poly Mustang junior Travis Bertoni hits the ball a mile and a half but his putting is suspect -- wants to go pro but has a lot of work to do yet, San Luis Obispo Tribune, CA, 25 Mar 2005

Indonesian Open: Irishman Michael Hoey (2001 British amateur champ) and Arjun Atwal both with 62 overshadow Colin Montgomery's 67 -- Hoey cans incredible 70-foot eagle putt on 6th, ic Wales, UK, 25 Mar 2005

Steve Jones goes 14 of 14 for putts inside 10 feet -- mike Weir's struggles continue with 74 -- Stephen Ames cans a 48-foot eagle putt on 16th -- Tiger Woods: "The greens were absolutely perfect. You could make a serious amount of putts. They were so perfect out there, but somehow my (putts) didn't go in.'', Toronto Star, Canada, 25 Mar 2005

Side trip to Augusta by Phil Mickelson trips him up -- "feast or famine" round included no birdie putts outside 3 1/2 feet, Cleveland Plain Dealer, OH, 25 Mar 2004

Annika Sorenstam one back at Nabisco: "I thought I putted well, actually. It just didn't go in. The speed last week (in Arizona) was 13 (on the Stimpmeter) and this week they're 9. I like to consider myself a great putter, but you need some time to adjust.", San Diego Union tribune, CA, 25 Mar 2005

Golfing show set for Saturday in Fort Fairfield Community Center -- $10,000 60-foot putting contest, Bangor Daily News, ME, 25 Mar 2005

Steve Jones abandons Bull's Eye putter he has wielded for 23 years and shoots lights out 64 to lead at TPC, Philadelphia Inquirer, PA, 25 Mar 2005

Shaky finish for Phil Mickelson -- bogey-bogey finish leaves him 6 back tied for 30th -- missed a 3-foot putt for bogey on 8th, Miami Herald, FL, 25 Mar 2005

Steves Jones at TPC -- 10 one-putt greens, no 3-putts, New York Newsday, NY, 25 Mar 2005

Michelle Wie only 1 back of leaders -- feels at home at Kraft but putting still has a ways to go -- misses 4 putts inside 4 feet, The Desert Sun, CA, 25 Mar 2005

Joe Brophy/Bill Loudon Junior Golf Classic:" Kyle Prolo outlasts Stevan Peters in playoff -- Peters: "I missed about six birdie putts in a row by about an inch." -- swears he'll wear a bag on his head all week, Vallejo Times-Herald, CA, 25 Mar 2005

Lake County Two Man Scramble: Juan Lopez and John Seed win with brilliant putting -- holed long putts both days -- "Our ball striking may not have been in mid-season form," Lopez said, "but our putting was as good as it gets.", Lake County Record-Bee, CA, 25 Mar 2005

High school junior honors student Morgan Pressel only one back at Nabisco -- 2 birdies and no bogeys ties her with Annika Sorenstam and Michelle Wie -- lip-outs on birdie putts on 12th and 13th, Sun Sentinel, FL, 25 Mar 2005

Brett Quigley's 66 good for T-3 start at TPC -- first off the tee, he takes advantage of pristine greens -- "I felt real good with the putter. I felt like everything I hit was going into the hole.", Palm Beach Post, FL, 25 Mar 2005

Putting has been Sergio Garcia's undoing -- 183rd in putting stats -- Masters requires both top-10 ballstriking (GIRs) and top-10 putting, DetNews.com, MI, 25 Mar 2005

Steve Jones temporarily exiles the old Bull's Eye to the closet to get help with putting woes -- uses a Scotty Cameron putter at TPC -- "I had good distance with it and the mis-hits were better. It was rolling better the first two feet. The main thing about putting is feeling comfortable.", Detroit News, MI, 25 Mar 2005

Knoxville's GAIM putters looking for sales of 25,000 at $150 -- 30-minute infomercial to cost $20,000 per airing, Knoxville News Sentinel, TN, 25 Mar 2005

Nick Faldo's former caddie Fanny Sunesson now reading putts for Michelle Wie, Press-Enterprise, CA, 24 Mar 2005

Tiger Woods disappointed with putting, but still shoots 70, Savannah Morning News, GA, 24 Mar 2005

Jeev finishes tied 17th on day one in Japan golf -- only 26 putts but feels he should have been lower, Delhi Newsline, India, 24 Mar 2005

UCO Broncos golf brings home the gold -- titleist Chris Hutson fires 2-under in closing round with a 40-foot birdie -- Matt Ellis helps team to win with 60-foot eagle putt, University of Central Oklahoma Vista, OK, 24 Mar 2005

No buts, it's time to putt -- Has anyone seen Mike Weir's putting stroke? -- Padraig Harrington: "It's always a work in progress. It's always a matter of bringing it all together and it's never easy.", Toronto Sun, Canada, 24 Mar 2005

The Callaway Golf I-Trax putter. (Photo: Callaway Golf) PGA.com, 22 Mar 2005

Gauge Design May Not Be Well Known, But Should Be Milwaukee Channel.com, WI, 22 Mar 2005

Mark (Beer Man) Johnson wins Toshiba Senior Classic by 4 over Keith Fergus and others -- eagles last hole from the fairway -- Fergus: "I just didn't putt well. My four three-putts were tough to overcome.", TSN.ca, Canada, 22 Mar 2005

Ryan Blaum leads Duke to 1st spring title -- putts well, The Duke Chronicle, NC, 22 Mar 2005

Missouri U Tigers try to find playoff stroke -- coach Mark Leroux: "As a group, we miss a lot of putts. We miss a lot of short putts, putts that I've seen going in in the past.", Columbia Missourian, MO, 21 Mar 2005

Futures Tour: Queensland rookie Sarah-Jane Kenyon outplays veterans for 1st win -- sinks monsters from 20, 25, and 30 feet -- "I feel sick. I did putt well this week.", St. Petersburg Times, FL, 21 Mar 2005

The Putting Arc and Swingstik Putter/Trainer Offered Together, Emediawire (press release), WA, 21 Mar 2005

Paul Casey wins TCL Classic Eurosport -- leaves winning 12-footer short on 18th, misses winning 15-footer on 1st playoff hole, then buries 25-footer on 2nd playoff hole for the win, Eurosport, Italy, 20 Mar 2005

Tiger Woods has two three-putts for lackluster finish and no round under 70, Orlando Sentinel, FL, 21 Mar 2005

Paul Casey sinks 25ft putt to win, The Mercury, South Africa, 21 Mar 2005

On With The Show Fairways & Greens, NV - Mar 20, 2005

No. 10 Gators Coach Buddy Alexander: "We dug ourselves into a hole because we didn't play smart and we didn't putt well at all today." Gator Sports, Gainesville, FL, 20 Mar 2005

Charles Howell, Stephen Ames share lead after 36-hole day -- Vijay Singh one shot back: "I just didn't make any putts all day.", San Jose Mercury News, CA, 19 Mar 2005

Three-way tie at Yalong Bay after 3 rounds: Paul Casey, Chawalit Plaphol and Colin Montgomerie -- Casey faces eagle putt on 9th inside 30 feet but misses and then misses the 1.5-foot comeback, Sportinglife.com, UK, 19 Mar 2005

Lorena Ochoa builds Safeway lead -- Korea's Soo-Yun Kang has round of the day at 66: "My round was very good today. My irons were very good, and my putting was excellent.", AZ Central.com, AZ, 19 Mar 2005

Gil Morgan leads by 1 on Champions Tour -- 6-under 66 round highlighted by 49-foot eagle putt on par-5 15th, Keralanext, India, 19 Mar 2005

Remembering Bobby Jones -- "His trademarks became consistent driving and an uncanny ability to hole putts from almost anywhere with his putter he fondly called 'Calamity Jane.'", Ottawa Sun, Canada, 19 Mar 2005

Tampa Bay Futures Golf Classic: Ithaca's Lori Atsedes in lead with 4-birdie, no-bogey round of 68 -- 12 GIRs and all birdies putts inside 10 feet, St. Petersburg Times, FL, 19 Mar 2005

ASU freshman Louise Stahle of Sweden is the top player in college -- makes the cut at LPGA Superstition Mountain event but feels she should have been 4-5 strokes closer to the leaders -- "I felt like I left a lot of birdie putts out there." -- celebrates 20th birthday today, AZCentral, AZ, 19 Mar 2005

Nick Flanagan finds Von Nida Form with 62 and snags share of lead -- following fitness program that has his ballstriking and putting working well -- looking for breakthrough pro win, PGA of Australia, Australia, 19 Mar 2005

Ernie Els and Tiger Woods paired together -- show fans how to three-putt a few holes -- Tiger: "It could have been worse.", Boston Globe, 19 Mar 2005

Derek Gillespie holds on to lead in Texas -- poor putting drops him from 13 under to 8 under in a hurry but a late hole-in-one saves his round -- , Mike Weir, Canada, 19 Mar 2005

Vijay Singh misses 6-footer on 18th for share of lead -- Tiger Woods shoots an inglorious 71 -- Woods was poised to take a share of the lead until his 8-foot birdie putt lipped out on the 13th, and then he couldn't make another putt until his 6-footer on the 18th, Covers.com, 19 Mar 2005

Lorena Ochoa dropping putts in the 15-20 foot range and leads by 2 -- Soo-Yun Kim has best round 66 with 7 birdies -- longest birdie putt she faced was from 6 feet, CNN/SI, 18 Mar 2005

Compeer Mini-Golf 2005 at the Arnot Mall -- event supports program for friendship with adults with mental disabilities, WENY-TV, NY, 18 Mar 2005

STX Putters mastering the greens on PGA Tour, WorldGolf.com, 10 Feb 2005

Rain Halts First Round of Bay Hill Play -- Sergio Garcia drops an 80-foot birdie putt, Allentown Morning Call, PA, 18 Mar 2005

Superstition Mountain AZ: Sorenstam Close to Safeway Co-Leaders -- six birdies including putts from 17 and 25 feet have her 1 back of Lorena Ochoa and Siew-Ai Kim -- Julie Inkster's 90-foot putt for eagle on 18th rims the cup and she birdies, Sarasota Herald, FL, 18 Mar 2005

Malaysia's Siew-Ai (SEE-you-I) Kim snags share of lead with career-best 65 -- former USC Gamecock sinks birdie putts from 22, 23, and 28 feet over final holes -- I'm usually a pretty decent putter," said Lim, who enjoyed her best season last year when she won $177,377, 63rd on the money list. "When I get on a roll I have a really good streak. Today I got the speed of the greens right and was just able to read them for the speed I was seeing.", Arizona Republic, AZ, 18 Mar 2005

Spain's Carmen Alonso notches second 69 in Johannesburg -- six under after seven holes but then loses some ground with not-so-hot putting -- SA's Caryn Louw scrambles around to 69 with only 28 putts, Johannesburg Star, South Africa, 18 Mar 2005

Derek Gillespie cards a 10-under 60 during record-setting day on Canadian Tour - four birdies and an eagle over final five holes -- 15 GIRs and 24 putts, Canada.com, Canada, 17 Mar 2005

2005 TCL Classic -- Thailand's Chawalit Plaphol fires 8-under 64 with only 26 putts to share lead in 4-way ties at China's scenic Yalong Bay, iseekgolf, Australia, 17 Mar 2005

22nd Annual Chicago Golf Show -- nation's largest consumer golf show features long-putt contest and putting lessons from Illionois PGA members, WLS, IL, 17 Mar 2005

Rafique Ali leads R1 Million Chandigarh Open with 7-under 65, rediff.com -- "My game today has been satisfactory but the score would have been better if I would not have missed the birdie putts on the second and 12th hole.", India, 17 Mar 2005

Tour Golf Products Adds Canadian Distributor -- Accupath putters, BunkerShot.com, TX, 16 Mar 2005

Aserta's Eclipse Putter Helps Spanos Tour, BunkerShot.com, TX, 16 Mar 2005

Robson Saurombe wins Mashonaland South amateur championships by one when Ryan Lang hits his putt on the par-3 16th a little too hard, Financial Gazette, Zimbabwe, 16 Mar 2005

McNeese State Cowgilrs finish second to North Texas in Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islander -- started final round 6 ahead and finished 10 back -- "We just had a lot of putting issues," McNeese head coach Mike Fluty said. "Too many three putts.", Sulphur Southwest Daily News, TX, 16 Mar 2005

Riverside Open a close fought contest, with the gross prize not decided until the second playoff hole, when Collie's Hudson Hopewell came from behind to sink a massive birdie putt, clinching the title from the overnight leader, Pinjarra's Paul Tuckey, Collie Guide, Australia, 16 Mar 2005

Callaway introduces new Premium I-Trax Putter, SCOREGolf, Canada, 16 Mar 2005

Putters evolve into heavy-duty equipment, Houston Chronicle, 16 Mar 2005
Callaway introduces Premium I-Trax Putter, iseekgolf, Australia, 16 Mar 2005
Putters evolve into heavy-duty equipment, Houston Chronicle, 16 Mar 2005
Callaway introduces Premium I-Trax Putter, iseekgolf, Australia, 16 Mar 2005

Jerry Donahue's The Golf Tour Trailer and Studio in New Baltimore -- "The equipment can make up to a 50 percent difference in a person's game. ... We even fit putters.", Fauquier Times-Democrat, VA, 16 Mar 2005

Callaway Golf Introduces Next-Generation Putter Technology in Premium I-Trax Putter with Interchangeable Vision Strips, Business Wire, CA, 16 Mar 2005

Mt Pleasant's Jim Sorenson of Momentus Golf unveils a new putter modelled on the weighting of a croquet mallet, DesMoinesRegister.com, IA, 16 Mar 2005

Colin Montgomerie ready for China with America in mind -- "I've just got to hole more putts.", Reuters India, India, 15 Mar 2005

Re-inventing golf at the 8th Lexus Golf Fest at the Del Mar Fairgrounds-- Lopaka cylinder putter and Pur Stroke putting aid, San Diego Union Tribune, CA, 15 Mar 2005

Panned on TV: Pat Perez misses a putt and gives the ball the bird, St Petersburg Times, FL, 15 Mar 2005

Nova Southeastern's top golfer Stephen Conrad, frustrated with his putting, decided to change putters but forgot to take the newbies with him -- when he won with the old putter, he decided not to change afteralll, Sun-Sentinel.com, FL, 15 Mar 2005

General Jim Hackler Invitational at the TPC of Myrtle Beach: Coastal Carolina Chanticleer soph Dustin Johnson triples the 10th but recovers with 3 birdies on final 7 holes and narrowly misses two more birdie putts on 16th and 18th to finish one stroke behind winner and to lead team to second trophy in a row, Myrtle Beach Sun, SC, 15 Mar 2005

Indian hills Warrior golfers in fifth at The Wrangler -- one player's round DQ'd due to using slightly bent putter, Ottumwa Courier, IA, 15 Mar 2005

Padraig Harrington survives three-man playoff to win first PGA Tour title -- grinds out tricky 4-footer before Vijay Singh gasses his 3-footer and suffers a power lip-out -- ever positive, Vijay concludes: "I could have made one or two more putts out there, but I made the ones that counted.", Malaysia Star, Malaysia, 15 Mar 2005

In the Bahamas at the Michael Jordan Celebrity: A three-way tie involving the teams of Hull/McEnroe, Gretzky/Rashad and Smoltz/Scott was broken when Brett Hull made a 30-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole, Cybergolf National, 15 Mar 2005

European Challenge Tour, Kenyan Open: Argentinian Daniel Vancsik wins with near-perfect round of 63 -- "The main difference was that I made almost every putt.", East African Standard, Kenya, 14 Mar 2005

Pat Perez chokes on 3 putts inside 5 feet down the stretch and misses playoff for Honda by a stroke, Casino City Times, MA, 14 Mar 2005

University of Hawaii senior Matt Kodama successfully defended his State Amateur Stroke Play title yesterday at the Pearl Country Club, but the 23-year-old golfer had to overcome a faulty putter and a mid-round charge by Japan's Toru Nakajima to do it -- "I didn't putt very well the entire tournament," said Kodama, who will graduate in May from UH. "The first two days I squandered a lot of shots not getting up and down. On Saturday, I shot 67 and had 32 putts -- which is a lot. Today I had a couple of three putts. Fortunately, my ball striking was good all week." -- Toru cuts 6 shots off Kodama's lead with bomb birdies from 50 and 35 feet before messing up 17th hole to let Kodama off the hook, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, HI, 14 Mar 2005

Padraig Harrington outputts Vijay Singh to claim Honda title in playoff -- Sinks testy 4-footer before Singh misses from 2 1/2 feet on same line -- All of Harrington's birdie putts were less than 13 feet until he made a 33-footer at No. 13, putting him in the lead at 15 under. He then missed two consecutive greens and bogeyed both holes, but birdied 17 with a 7-foot putt, Chicago Daily Southtown, IL, 14 Mar 2005

Mark McNulty's miss from 20 feet to tie leaves Ireland's Des Smyth with his first Champions Tour win, Arkansas Democrat Gazette, AR, 14 Mar 2005

Padraig Harrington Interview, Cybergolf National, 14 Mar 2005

Futures Tour: Jin Young Pak Rallies on Final Day to Win -- only hoping to make the cut -- Former LPGA Tour player Kim Augusta of Boca Raton went into the final round a shot off the lead, and fell to 27th place with an 80. "I threw up all over myself," said Augusta, who four-putted two straight holes on the back nine. -- "Short putts were just killing me," said Augusta, who hit 13 greens and 39 putts -- Augusta, playing in the final group with Pak and Cho, triplebogeyed No. 11 with a four-putt, doubled No. 12 with a four-putt and doubled No. 15, The Ledger, FL, 14 Mar 2005

Vijay Singh misses 2-footer to give Padraig Harrington win, Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, IN, 14 Mar 2005

Rookie just misses record -- facing a five foot birdie putt on 18th at Honda for tournament record 62, Lucas Glover leaves the putt 6 inches short -- "I was shaking so much, I don't know what happened.", Miami Herald, FL, 14 Mar 2005

Sally Kreuger wins 10th SF City Title after controversy in playoff -- facing an 8-footer for the win on 2nd playoff hole, Christina Hirano is interruted by NCGA official Betsy Pelkan and lectured before 100 onlookers about replacing ball nearer her mark and then misses the putt to lose, SF Chronicle, CA, 14 Mar 2005

Much too soon, Putt-Putt is gone, News-Leader.com, MO, 14 Mar 2005

Lee Janzen's hard work signals end to long putting slump -- longer putter, taller stance, and 10 months of hard work appear to be paying off, Monterey County Herald, CA, 12 Mar 2005

Lee Janzen cans some real bombs at Honda with new putter, stance, and grip -- in prolonged putting slump since '98, Sebastian Sun, FL, 12 Mar 2005

Geoff Ogilvy climbs up into a tie with 64 -- hit 15 GIRs and took only 26 putts -- Lee Janzen 3-putts 18th to drop out of lead, Los Angeles Daily News, CA, 12 Mar 2005

On the green: Phil Mickelson's missed 5-footers costly, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, PA, 12 Mar 2005

Miscues are the rule at Honda -- Bruce Lietzke's missing cut by 1 after his caddie neglects to take the flagstick out on his putt -- Mar O'Meara's 4-putt plus a penalty after tapping in a lip-out before it stopped spinning -- Brain gay's ball that dropped but only after 10 seconds, Palm Beach Post, FL, 12 Mar 2005

Chad Campbell shoots 8-under 64, leads by 2 at Honda -- sinks from 25 and 15 feet en route to bagging 6 birdies on front side, Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, IN, 11 Mar 2005

Qatar Masters: India's Arjun Atwal stays in contention with a 69 despite the theft of his two favorite clubs -- driver and putter -- before the round, iseekgolf, Australia, 11 Mar 2005

Eleventh hour is now for Mike Weir -- faults wedge play for not sticking shots close to the pin -- "In 2003 Weir averaged 28.33 putts per round, good for ninth on the Tour. Last year, that rose to 28.75 putts per round. This year, he's at 29.36 putts, 117th on the list. That's more than one extra putt for every 18 holes compared to his 2003 season.", Toronto Star, Canada, 11 Mar 2005

Von Nida Tour, 2005 Bega Cheese NSW PGA Championship: South Australian Adam Bland leads with 2nd-round 64 -- Andrew Johnson also has 2nd-round 64 with stellar putting from long range -- Nick Flanagan in form and holes a 40-footer across a hillock, iseekgolf, Australia, 11 Mar 2005

Jesper Parnevik turns 40 and celebrates with only 24 putts at Honda Classic, Channel News Asia, Singapore, 11 Mar 2005

Swedish course designer and 3-time winner Pierre Fulke upstages Ernie Els at Qatar Masters with 66 to Els' 73 -- credits his putting on firm, less-grainy greens, IAfrica South African News, South Africa, 11 Mar 2005

USC Gamecock junior Erica Battle leading the team this year after jumping her game to the next level working with swing teacher Mike Castelluzzi -- USC coach Kristi Coggins: "Her ball-striking is more consistent, and she's a magician with wedges and her putter.", The State, Columbia, SC, 11 Mar 2005

Nick Faldo at 47 putting well at the Honda Classic, Sun-Sentinel.com, FL, 11 Mar 2005

Charlie Wi playing on a sponsor exemption fires 69 with only 23 putts, the lowest in the field, Miami Herald, FL, 11 Mar 2005

Golf may be timeless, but players are not -- comparing Kevin Na to Tom Kite at the Honda -- Na takes 5 fewer putts, hits more greens, and drives the ball further and scores 4 strokes lower, Palm Beach Post, FL, 11 Mar 2005

MacGregor's V-Foil-GT Putter Hailed as "Best in Test", Golf-Gear-Review.com, PA, 11 Mar 2005

A conversation with Tiger Woods -- happy to be putting on smooth greens, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, FL, 11 Mar 2005

Qatar Masters: Ernie Els could miss cut -- starts round with a three-putt and then makes not much the rest of the day, FOX SPORTS, Australia, 11 Mar 2005

Which school has the better golf course -- U of Michigan or Michigan State? -- U of M has the better, bigger, faster, trickier greens, but overall it's a tie, Michigan Golf, MI, 10 Mar 2005

Right place for golf nuts -- Toronto Star Golf and Travel Show, presented by Buick, tomorrow through Sunday at the North Building of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre -- feautures free putters and putting competition for kids, Toronto Star, Canada, 10 M

Spirited senior Zach Schwenk is honored with award at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School -- infectious joy and leaderdship skills honored with coveted scholarship -- "Most people know him best for his work with the Putt-Putt Club. The social group, with its roots steeped in miniature golf, also organizes tailgating activities before football games. Schwenk would beat on a massive drum when the team scored.", Indy Star, IN, 9 Mar 2005

Hard work, shot lead Vijay Singh to top but spotty putting holds him back even there -- "Putting has never been Singh's statistical strength. Except for 2001, when he ranked fourth in putts per green in regulation, he has never been better than 18th in the category. But his ball-striking has been so consistent that he hasn't needed to be a lights-out putter. During the past two years, when he led the money list, he ranked only 37th (2004) and 18th (2003) in putts per green in regulation.", Palm Beach Post, FL, 9 Mar 2005

Sanlam SA Amateur Match Play: Attie's in luck as Toto putts short in stunner -- Adrian "Attie" Schwartzel versus Toto Thimba -- match goes down to the wire tied on last hole with both players landing approaches inside 5 feet -- Schwartzel sinks as Thimba's putt slides by, The Star, South Africa, 9 Mar 2005

Telkom Women's Classic at Zwartkop CC: Swedes in dominanat form -- Hanna Svenningsson, the rookie of the year on the 2004 Telia Tour back home, needed only 12 putts on the front nine, which she completed in 31 strokes, and 28 in total, Cape Times, Capetown South Africa, 9 Mar 2005

Church buys former Kmart building -- revamp plan includes 1,600-seat fellowship hall, a high-school regulation-sized gymnasium, an inside putt-putt golf site, and room for other games in 84,000 square-foot space, Muncie Star Press, IN, 9 Mar 2005

What big name will win next? -- Vijay Singh finished 3rd at Doral with only 26 putts Sunday, Davis Love III used 31 putts en route to missing cut, GolfDigest.com, 9 Mar 2005

Byon Morrissey, Rolling your rock, Naples Sun Times, FL, 9 Mar 2005

A short game saga for Bears -- Big Bear Lake HS golf team players putt in the gym when So Cal weather acts up, Big Bear Grizzly, CA, 9 Mar 2005

Tasman Cup goes to New Zealanders: Golf: Last-green triumph for Penny Newbrook over Aussie Emma Bennett seals the win -- newbrook catches Bennett on 16th with a 3m birdie putt and then Bennett four-putts 18th from 10m to drop match, New Zealand Herald, New Zealand, 9 Mar 2005

Aussie caddy Dean Herden ready to help Japan LPGA money leader Juri Fudo make splash overseas -- Fudo reliant upon Herden's skill for reading putts, especially short pressure putts, Daily Yomiuri, Japan, 9 Mar 2005

Ernie Els steals victory from Miquel Angel Jimenez on final hole with his putter -- Els cans 18-foot eagle putt while Jimenez three-jacks to lose by one stroke, This is London, UK, 9 Mar 2005

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson at Doral -- Matching birdie for birdie, but it comes down to the flatstick in the end -- As well as Mickelson played, the difference at Doral came down to him missing short putts down the stretch, something that has haunted him throughout his career -- Woods made clutch putts, as always, none bigger than the 30-foot birdie that gave him the lead on the 17th, Cincinnati Post, OH, 9 Mar 2005

SMU Mustangs continue to rule Louisiana Classics with third win in a row -- With the title on the line, Tulsa Hurricane's Austin Hackett had a chance to break the stranglehold from 25 feet on final green but overcooked it and went 5 feet by and missed the comeback -- Mustangs finished at team 583, only one stroke clear of Tulsa and Kent State, The Lafayette Daily Advertiser, LA, 9 Mar 2005

Under the gun: Dudley Hart on practicing for performance: "If you're out there going through the motions, you don't get much accomplished, but anytime you could compete or play under the gun -- that's what I tell kids. Anytime you play, there should be some pressure, whether it's for $20, $5 or $1,000, whatever puts pressure on you that makes you have to try and make putts, hit shots and pull things off. That kind of stuff helps you in the long run.", Sun-Sentinel.com, FL, 9 Mar 2005 2005

Tasman Cup, Australian Ladies Amateur: Kiwis take cup for first time in a decade over Aussies -- lead built up in foursomes matches hold thru singles for 14-10 win -- Kiwi teen Sharon Ahn leads effort and wins final match when opponent self-destructs with a 4-putt to end the competition, iseekgolf.com, Australia, 9 Mar 2005

Stewart Cink mastering the mind by embracing his fear instead of papering it over -- "What I mean by embracing the fear and trying to figure out why it's there so I can deal with it in the proper way instead of just shoving it off to the side. If you shove it away by filling your mind with other thoughts, it's still there. You're just trying to ignore it. The subconscious will never be able to do that.", Savannah Morning News, GA, 9 Mar 2005

Sanlam SA Strokeplay Championship: Jaunty Josh Cunliffe putts his troubles behind him -- 21-year-old overcomes year-long Chronic Fatigue Syndrome to win at Dainfern CC -- putting his chief weapon, The South African Star, South Africa, 9 Mar 2005

Out of the rough: Phil Mickelson continues to struggle with putts inside 5 feet in high-profile match-ups, Fall River Herald News, MA, 9 Mar 2005

Tom Ness: Use a triangular mail box as a stroke plane, GolfDigest.com, 8 Mar 2005

Mary Poppins hoping to win trip to St Andrews: A 'Brolly' Good Show at Harrods -- putting with a crooked umbrella handle featured at London Golf Show, Cybergolf National, 8 Mar 2005

Vijay Singh hit the ball beautifully at Doral but couldn't make enough putts, Arizona Daily Sun, AZ, 8 Mar 2005

Western Ireland Amateur Champonship at Rosses Point set for Easter: Countdown begins to this year's 'West' -- strong Swedish team expected -- Adrian Wynne coming on strong with help from the broomstick, Sligo Weekender, Ireland, 8 Mar 2005

San Mateo Golf Expo -- Mark Margulis' Goolie Putters, Musty Putters, Putt Meister laser aid, other products, showcased, San Mateo County Times, CA, 8 Mar 2005

Mars Golf Pushes Putter Design to the "Outer Limits", BunkerShot.com, TX, 8 Mar 2005

Thongchia Jaidee scoops Abu Dhabai World Sand title with 15-foot putt on third playoff hole over SA's Charl Schwartzel -- second year for popular pro-am in the desert, DeHavilland, UK, 8 Mar 2005

Callaway star Annika Sorenstam notches 7 birdies in final round to win in Mexico -- longest birdie putt was 14 feet -- using two-ball blade putter, Companynewsgroup (Comunicados de prensa), Spain, 8 Mar 2005

Jim Thorpe -- golf hustler: "He earned money as a golf hustler when he couldn't earn it as a golf professional. Setting up shop at East Patomac Park in Washington, D.C. he'd wait for challengers to arrive with shoe bags full of money. I'd play for as much as $20,000 for a single putt, to as little as $1 a putt. I was lucky enough to make some for $20,000 and I was lucky enough to make some for a dollar.", The Signal, CA, 8 Mar 2005

Thongchai Jaidee wins World Sand Championship -- takes advantage of sand green experience, putts very well, and takes victory with a 15-footer on 3rd playoff hole over Charl Schwartzel, iseekgolf, Australia, 7 Mar 2005

Elephant on menu for Colin Montgomerie -- rebuilding competitive game like eating an elephant -- one bite at a time -- shooting 66s again but still struggling with broomhandle putter, Telegraph.co.uk, UK, 7 Mar 2005

New Zealander Richard Lee wins with excellent green reading by lady Thai caddie, Singapore, 7 Mar 2005

James McLeod of Reidsville Rams sparks team to victory at Meadow Greens CC -- takes only 11 putts over 9 holes, sinking lots of putts inside 10 feet and a couple of bombs, Eden Daily News, NC, 7 Mar 2005

Q-Roll issues challenge to putter companies to test true roll, GolfBusinessWire.com, 2 Mar 2005

Corona's Greg Martin and Brad Cochran are on a roll with their Pinfire putters -- Chad Campbell has added one to his bag and sales are taking off, Press-Enterprise, CA, 2 Mar 2005

Ian Woosnam's words of wisdom -- "Even after all these years my battle with the putter's not over yet! My putting is something I'm always working on. If I'm not playing well it's because I'm not putting well. And when my putting's going well I'm right up there on top of my game.", BBC Sport, UK, 2 Mar 2005

Remembering Max Faulkner: 1951 British Open win at Portrush -- magnificent touch with a new putter -- "What made him a winner that week was his fantastic touch on the greens. He had just acquired a new putter with a pencil-slim shaft and a steel head, and loved the fast surfaces at Portrush. In his winning total of 285 he took 102 putts, an average of only 25.5 per round.", Telegraph.co.uk, UK, 2 Mar 2005

Green Wave's sophomore Michael Thompson wins NOKIA Sugar Bowl Tulane Invitational by 2 strokes with closing 68 -- drills 35-footer on final hole for birdie to punctuate win, TulaneGreenWave.com, 2 Mar 2005

Around the World in 18 Holes -- Crazy Golf comes to Thailand, Chiang Mai News, Thailand, 1 Mar 2005

Ashworth Invitational in Westlake Village: Tennessee wins -- UC Bears' top-seeded golfer Jeff Hood leads team to 8th place finish on tough track -- "I hit 17 greens in regulation but I didn't make many putts.", Daily Californian, CA, 1 Mar 2005

Jay Riviere's River Ridge on the Brazos -- Tifdwarf greens roll true on this USGA Qualifying track -- Player Todd Riddle: "There's not a flat spot on them. Those greens have some tough reads.", Houston Chronicle, TX, 1 Mar 2005

Sports writer David Neal shoots 24 -- on Doral's 18th hole! -- with a 2-putt no less, Miami Herald, FL, 1 Mar 2004

Former British Open champion Faulkner dies at 88 -- In a search for putting perfection, he assembled a vast collection of putters said to number more than 300, Malaysia Star, Malaysia, 1 Mar 2005

Thomas Levet lost to Kenny Perry in match play then chucked his putter into the nearest pond, Fall River Herald News, MA, 1 Mar 2005

Gary D'Amato: Scramblin' Steve Stricker went crazy with the putter to finish 4th at Tucson -- hit only 47 GIRs but converted an amazing 30 birdies -- out of the slump now?, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, WI, 1 Mar 2005

Steve Stricker gets grip on his game with 4th place finish at Tucson -- barely missed playoff when 25-footer slid by on final hole -- best finish in 91 starts -- unofficial leader in putting stats with 1.556 putts per GIR, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, WI, 1 Mar 2005

Gary D'Amato: Putter expense not necessarily reflective of performance -- "There's a stigma attached to a putter that costs $29. People figure it's inexpensive for a reason -- it's not very good -- which is not necessarily true. As for the difference between "name brand" clubs and those made by a good club-maker, it's not much. In fact, some people say component clubs are even better, especially if the golfer has been custom-fit and the club-maker knows what he's doing.", Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, WI, 1 Mar 2005

C-Thru Grips from Golf Pride -- Lil' putters added to line as a personalized gift item or great way to celebrate the birth of a child, BunkerShot.com, TX, 1 Mar 2005

Tivy Junior Michael Turner's 8-under 64 leads Antlers in Tivy Invite -- takes medalist spot by 8 shots -- one-putted 13 greens and went 5-under on front nine -- third win for Antlers in three starts, Kerrville Daily Times, TX, 1 Mar 2005

Harold Swash's Yes Golf Makes Splash At PGA Merchandise Show -- great putters and excellent training aids, Milwaukee Channel.com, I, 28 Feb 2005

Jennifer Rosales holds off Michelle Wie to Turtle title by 2 shots -- Wie: "This week, my game has been very consistent. I'm still trying to work on eliminating the three-putts and I didn't quite manage it. But I'm pleased overall.", DeHavilland, UK, 28 Feb 2005

Consolation-match between Ian Poulter and Retief Goosen provides great golf -- Goosen finally wins tit-for-tat birdie fest with chip-in on 20th hole -- Poulter: "It was just ridiculous. It was putt after putt after putt after putt after putt after putt. It's a shame to lose. It was a great match.", San Diego Union Tribune, CA, 28 Feb 2005

Myanmar Open: Scott Strange charges to victory holing 30-footers, Shanghai Daily, China, 28 Feb 2005

New Zealand PGA: Peter O'Malley misses a short putt on the final hole in regulation for second day in a row and allows Steve Bowditch to tie with a record 63 -- O'Nalley then sinks an 25-footer from the fringe to claim the win on the fourth playoff hole, Shanghia Daily, China, 28 Feb 2005

Geoff Ogilvy wins first PGA Tour title in Chrysler but Kevin Na snags his second second of the year, Gambling Gates, VA, 28 Feb 2005

The Interview -- Geoff Mangum, Putting Instructor, News and Record, Greensboro, NC, 27 Feb 2005

Top seeds have rough time at Match Play -- poor putting sinks Tiger Woods, Pasadena Star-News, CA, 26 Feb 2005

West Texas Prep Golf: Tall City at Midland Country Club -- in tough conditions, El Paso Coronado's Tanner Taff fires only subpar round with 25 putts, MyWestTexas.com, TX, 26 Feb 2005

Chrysler like old times -- Mark Calcavecchia overtakes Billy Mayfair on rain-softened, defenseless Tucson course -- Calc cans a 38-foot eagle on No. 8, AZ Central.com, AZ, 26 Feb 2005

Big 3 Gone in Wet and Wild Match Play -- Tiger Woods suffer putting breakdown in loss to Nick O'Hern -- misses 3-footer to go 2 down and never recovered -- "I didn't make the putts. That's the difference between winning and losing a match.", phillyburbs.c°vq

Tiger Woods putts himself out of matches -- Woods's form on the greens again proved his downfall, the eight-times major winner grimacing several times as he watched putts lip the hole -- "With the greens not being so good, it's hard. I hit a lot of good putts that didn't go in, a lot of lip outs. I hit good putts and you could see them bounce a little bit. You've got to hit and hope. I hit good putts where I was looking. That was certainly the difference in winning and losing a match. Nick made all the putts that he was in position to make and I didn't.", Reuters, Canada, 26 Feb 2005

Carrie Webb on the charge -- Sacked her one-time favourite putter she's used since 1999 today for a new Srixon face-balance putter which she tried out a few times late last year. She led the field in greens in regulation but still had 30 putts. But she said she felt a lot happier with the way her new putter sat down behind the ball compared to her old heel/shaft one which sat on an angle., Fox Sports, Australia, 26 Feb 2005

David Toms rolls at Match Play Championship -- ousts putter-sputtering Phil Mickelson -- Toms' medium-length putting forces Mickelson to press, Shreveport Times, LA, 26 Feb 2005

Tiger Woods bemoans imperfect greens after matchplay loss to Nick O'Hern -- Woods had four putts lip out, two of them inside of eight feet. -- "I didn't play poorly, I just didn't make any putts. I'll tell you what, I can't wait to putt on some good greens.", Los Angeles Times, CA, 26 Feb 2005

Chad Campbell misses 7-foot winning putt on 18th and then falls to Retief Goosen on 19th hole, LA Times, CA, 26 Feb 2005

Michelle Wie Remains in Contention at SBS Open 5 back of Jennifer Rosales -- focusing on making the crucial putts -- Hilton Head's reilly Rankin in 2nd after 66 with only 24 putts, In-Forum, ND, 26 Feb 2005

Jennifer Rosales hangs on to two-shot lead at Turtle Bay LPGA in windy, rainy conditions -- "I putted really terrible and missed a lot of putts, but I hung in there.", Channel News Asia, Singapore, 26 Feb 2005

Stewart Cink catches Davis Love III on final hole with a 15-foot putt and then wins in extra holes, North County Times, CA, 26 Feb 2005

Chris DiMarco and Jay Haas battle it out with their putters -- DiMarco prevails -- DiMarco: "I hit three 16-, 17-, 18-foot birdie putts, and he made three 15-footers on top of me to halve the hole.", North County Times, CA, 25 Feb 2005

Tom Lehman's putting goes belly-up for last three weeks as he loses to Stewart Cink -- "I need to go relocate the putter. It's been really, really cold the last three weeks. I'm making nothing. It's time to regroup." -- Lehman, the U.S. Ryder Cup captain, is taking the next two weeks off. He might experiment with a belly putter, which is shorter than the one he's been using. -- "I'm just not seeing the line when I get over (the ball).", North County Times, CA, 25 Feb 2005

Three Aussies into Match Play quarters -- Adam Scott putts brilliantly in defeating Sergio Garcia -- "When you're making a couple of putts in match play, it really damages the psyche of the other guy.", Age, Australia, 25 Feb 2005

Robert Allenby gets by Kirk Triplett -- After a putting slump last year, he is back in business on the greens, thanks to a new routine and a chat with a sports psychologist. -- "I'm putting about as good as I possibly can at the moment. I had a gutful of the way I was putting, so I changed my routine and as long as I put a good stroke on the ball, that's all I care about. It's nice that the hole is getting in the way at the moment.", Age, Australia, 25 Feb 2005

Three Aussies into Match Play quarter-finals -- Robert Allenby prevails as Kirk triplett misses a birdie putt on 17th -- Allenby: "I putted pretty awesome, made a lot of putts, whether for birdies or pars, and kept the pressure on all the time. I'm putting about as good as I possibly can at the moment.", Sydney Morning Herald, Australia, 25 Feb 2005

Jennifer Rosales leads after first-round at season-opening SBS Open -- grew up in Bermuda and familiar with island greens -- hit 18 GIRs and took only 29 putts, China Post, Taiwan, 25 Feb 2005

Nick O'Hern hands Tiger Woods his head -- Tiger: "He made all the putts and I didn't make any!", The Sun, UK, 25 Feb 2005

Boonchu Ruangkit of Thailand takes over the lead in Myanmar Open -- compatriot Thongchai Jaidee struggled on the sun-baked greens, needing 31 putts, and falls 1 back, Malaysia Star, Malaysia, 25 Feb 2005

Missed Putts Cost Tiger Woods in Match Play, Los Angeles Times, CA, 25 Feb 2005

Georgia Tech coach Bruce Heppler on Coral Springs FL senior Nicholas Thompson: "He's worked hard to be a better putter." -- has won twice so far this season, CollegeSports.com, NY, 25 Feb 2005

Soggy La Costa greens worse than a waffle iron with deep heel prints -- not even a 3-footer is a gimmie -- Tiger Woods: ''At least a waffle iron is the same height. You can hit good putts and look great, and hit good putts and look like an absolute idiot.'', Kenai Peninsula Online, AK, 25 Feb 2005

Darren Clarke: 'I got what I deserved' -- loses to Graeme McDowell with sloppy putting, Ireland Online, Ireland, 25 Feb 2005

Australian Ladies Masters: American teenager Tiffany Joh (18) equals course-record 63 in round that included a 192-yard albatross with a 5-wood (only the 2nd albatross in Australian lady golf) and a mere 22 putts-- attends San Diego's Rancho Bernardo High School and is slated to play for UCLA, Sydney Morning Herald, Australia, 25 Feb 2005

New MSU indoor practice facility includes 1,080 square-foot artificial putting green, MSUSpartans.com, MI, 25 Feb 2005

Peter Lonard misses lots of putts in loss to Fred Couples, Australian, Australia, 25 Feb 2005

Match Notes: Charles Howell ties from 21 feet on 18th and Nick O'hern misses the winning putt from 9 feet -- on next hole O'hern birdies from 20 feet while McDowell misses from 12 feet to lose, San Diege Union Tribune, CA, 25 Feb 2005

Match Notes: Mike Weir falls to irk triplett after Weir three-putts par-3 12th for bogey and never recovers, San Diego Union Tribune, CA, 25 Feb 2005

Australian Ladies Masters: American teenager Tiffany Joh only 5 back after course-record-tying 63 -- 33 putts Thursday for 73, but only 22 putts Friday for 63, Fox Sports, Australia, 25 Feb 2005

Cheryl Burns: Stroke, distance keys to good putting, Villages Daily Sun, FL, 24 Feb 2005

ANZ Ladies Masters: Japanese teenager Ai Miyazato opens with 63 at Royal Pines -- she packs a punch but putting is her key -- missed a 12-footer that would have broken Carrie Webb's course record, Covers, Canada, 24 Feb 2005

ASU alum Billy Mayfair rebounding from worst season as a pro -- switch to belly putter seems to have helped him make five cuts so far, AZCentral.com, AZ, 24 Feb 2005

Remembering the brilliant Taiwanese player Hsieh Min Nan -- shot 64 in three consecutive opening rounds in 1972 beginning with World Cup at Royal Melbourne -- won all three weeks -- straightest iron ballstriker alive, with a yippy putting stroke that none

Dick Stephens drivesLong Beach's Southern California Golf Show -- to feature Ruth's Chris 50-foot putting gig, Long Beach Press-Telegram, CA, 24 Feb 2005

Louis Oosthuizen gets backing after blowing final round lead last week beginning with short-putt flub on 12th hole -- newest addition to Englishman Andrew Chandler's hugely successful ISM management stable shows great promise, The South African Star, Sout

Canadian Tour Q-School at Black Bear, Eustis FL: Atlanta Thrasher Marc Savard strugging with putter -- regular partner with Stewart Cink at TPC Sugarloaf: "I've been hitting my driver and my irons great, I just can't make any putts. The short stick and my chipping have been horrible, and they are usually my best attributes. I've lost all feeling with the putter.", SLAM! Sports, Canada, 24 Feb 2005

Ernie Els' Easy Tips: My putting keys -- soft arms and a short memory, GolfDigest.com, 24 Feb 2005

Grace Park - What's in My Bag: "My putter is a Ping JAS Anser that was huge when I made a six-footer to win the Nabisco last year. I had the back flange painted black so it looks like the Ping Specify putter I used to play. Plus, the top line has a special mark on it the width of a ball to help alignment.", GolfDigest.com, 24 Feb 2005

Mohammed Islam sparkles to lead on day one of Singhania Open golf with 67 -- putting very well -- Gurbaaz Mann 1 stroke back: "I could have putted a lot better as I missed a lot of short putts.", Delhi Newsline, India, 24 Feb 2005

Pam Golding Ladies International: Pretoria's Morgana Robbertze leads in Mowbray -- veteran Gilly Tebbutt claims 2nd with magnificent 69 putting well on "tricky greens" by sticking approaches close to the pin all day, Independent Online, South Africa, 23 F

My Shot: Hubert Green, GolfDigest.com, 23 Feb 2005

Ohioan Bob Mann captures Callaway Golf PGA Senior Stroke Play -- "I really just played OK today. I had three three-putt greens, but thankfully, the other guys didn't put too much pressure on me. I'm really kind of surprised to win.", PGA.com, 23 Feb 2005

The Commish -- Interview with Deane Beman: never saw Jack Nicklaus miss a three-foot putt in practice or in play -- he applied himself every single time, GolfDigest.com, 23 Feb 2005

Canadian Tour Q-School at Black Bear, Eustis FL: Danny Sahl leads -- Marc Savard had trouble on the greens all day and could only convert one putt out of five consecutive birdie chances inside four feet on the front side, SCOREGolf, Canada, 23 Feb 2005

Duke's Blue Devils 'sloppy' on Mercedez-Benz Collegiate Championship's final round -- All-American junior Ryan Blaum putts horribly with four three-putts on back nine, CollegeSports.com, NY, 23 Feb 2005

Ping's Tour trailer: The 30-foot trailer will carry approximately 80 driver heads, 20 sets of iron heads, 75 putters, 75 wedges, 1000 grips and 200 shafts, SCOREGolf, Canada, 23 Feb 2005

Peter Turza's One-Putt Golf, TNT Plastics of Shaumburg -- novelty putter and golf putting cup just part of diverse molded-plastics product line, Chicago Daily Herald, IL, 23 Feb 2005

Jim Albus at 64 knows how to stay competitive: "The thing about golf is you can make up for some of the things where you get weaker. You can always use a different club and rely on some other stuff. The key element is to putt the ball good. There is no reason you can't do that even when you are 100.", Tampa Bay Online, FL, 22 Feb 2005

Lady Rebels Finish Eighth At Bay Area Classic -- Coach Meghan Bolger: "We did not putt very well, and that is something we will need to work on.", OldMissSports.com, MS, 22 Feb 2005

Week off European tour for Coxmoor star Oliver Wilson -- disappointed in New Zealand Open -- "I played well over the first three days in Auckland but the putting let me down on the last round." -- 3-putted second hole -- works with swing coach Mitchell Spearman by internet video, Ashfield Today, UK, 23 Feb 2005

Mike Weir's 13th hole spoils Nissan performance -- three-putts from 7 feet, Sports Network, 22 Feb 2005

'Charl Schwartzel is the best young, player in the world right now' -- doesn't dwell on coulda-shoulda in Woodhill 2nd-place finish -- "This game has its ups and its downs, and you just have to accept that. I also three-putted the 10th in the final round.", Cape Times, Capetown, South Africa, 22 Feb 2005

Rankmark.com "What's Hot" Newsletter - Finding the Best Putter, 22 Feb 2005
Golf Innovation OverSpin Drop Putter Left Hand, Golf-Gear-Review.com, PA, 22 Feb 2005
Brit Greg Owen improved his putting by nearly three strokes per round in finishing third in his first appearance in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am after switching to a new Scotty Cameron putter. , CBSSportsline.com, 22 Feb 2005

Brian Haefner wins Panama Masters -- "I felt good over the putter.", iseekgolf, Australia, 22 Feb 2005

Tucsonian David Yarnes Jr. cans a 20-foot putt to take the final qualifying spot in a six-man playoff for the Chrysler Classic of Tucson, Tucson Citizen, AZ, 22 Feb 2005

Top putters on PGA Tour express their secret in a single word, San Diego Union Tribune, 22 Feb 2005

Adam Scott makes the most important putts -- Scott ties Chad Campbell with a 20-footer on his final hole -- Campbell then misses four-footer in playoff beforer Scott sinks his 3-footer, San Luis Obispo Tribune, CA, 22 Feb 2005

Tiger Woods butchers his final hole with a 3-putt from 8 feet for double bogey, Chicago Tribune, IL, 21 Feb 2005

Warren Abery claims spoils at Telkom PGA -- turning point: 3-putt at 13th followed by 40-foot birdie at 14th -- Louis Oosthuizen's challenge collapses on 12th when he misses putt from 2 feet, Mail & Guardian Online, South Africa, 21 Feb 2005

Mark James admits he was worrying about Hale Irwin breathing down his neck -- James 7th birdie from smoe distance on the final hole closes off Irwin threat as Irwin misses birdie attempt from the fringe, ic Lanarkshire.co.uk, UK, 21 Feb 2005

Champion Thongchai Jaidee holds his nerve to regain title -- after hitting OB on 11th, Jaidee cans his high-pressure bogey putt to fend off the pack and preserve his lead, ic Huddersfield.co.uk, UK, 21 Feb 2005

Tiger Woods falls 8 spots on final hole with a 3-putt from 9 feet -- costly mistake blunts challenge to regain top spot in golf -- grew up on these greens and wanted to win before his hometown crowd, but leaves irate at his putting -- " This is kind of how I grew up putting. But I have never seen the greens this fast before here. They are usually a little more bumpy and a little slower.", Whittier Daily News, CA, 20 Feb 2005

Warren Abery returns to winning ways at Woodhill -- buries the pressure-packed winning putt on the final hole to avoid a 3-way playoff, Business Day, South Africa, South Africa, 20 Feb 2005

Modesto dogcatcher and his partner Putter forged a unique bond, The Modesto Bee, CA, 20 Feb 2005

Katherine Hull takes out golf victory at Pelican -- "My confidence is high and my putter is going well.", Age, Australia, 20 Feb 2005

Curtis Strange in his first Champions Tour event goes 74-71: "I could've putted better. I've still got some work to do on all parts of my game.", Pasadena Star-News, CA, 20 Feb 2005

Remember Hubert Green the champion, Sebastian Sun, FL, 19 Feb 2005

Tiger Woods takes lead with 4-under 67 even though he "putted like a fool" with three three-putts, Monterey County Herald, CA, 18 Feb 2005

Mike Weir at Riviera: "The greens get a little rough in the afternoon. You want to have your putts on the smooth greens in the morning.", National Post, Canada, 18 Feb 2005

The rookie is roaring again -- 16-year-old Gganjeet Bhullar again dominating field with 4-shot lead at Royal Challenge Samarvir Sahi Am in hunt for 3rd victory this season -- trouble putting on front straightens out on back, Ludhiana Newsline, India, 18 Feb 2005

Tiger Woods on fast greens at Riviera: "I hit the ball great. I just putted like a fool. Terrible. It was an absolutely horrific day on the greens. I could never get the speed right.", Kentucky.com, KY, 18 Feb 2005

Mike Weir worried about his putting consistency -- early on in year, ranks only 116th in putting, Georgia Straight, Canada, 17 Feb 2005

Callaway engineers front-loading Phil Mickleson's year with prototype equipment -- driver, putter, ball all helping Phil go lower, Honolulu Advertiser, HI, 17 Feb 2005

Cliff Kresge on Nationwide Tour fighting back to big show -- putting superbly at Jacobs Creek in Australia, Australian, Australia, 17 Feb 2005

Carlsberg Open, Malaysia: Niclas Fasth continues strong play with solid putting -- Padraig Harrington harassed by rain delay and drops 3 shots in final 4 hours in fading light, UTV, Ireland, 17 Feb 2005

Kevin Na and the "winning is ALL that matters" attitude -- on 13th at Scottsdale when Phil Mickelson's birdie closed off Na's chance of winning, Na missed a 2-foot putt that cost him sole 2nd, but that didn't faze him -- only not winning disappointed him, San Diego Union Tribune, CA, 17 Feb 2005

Eagle gives Q-School winner and Tour rookie Stephen Davis lead at Nissan -- drops 45 foot putt, Florida Today, FL, 17 Feb 2005

Sunshine Tour: Mark Murless is back to take what he's owed at Woodhill in Pretoria -- lost in 2002 to Michiel Bothma after calling a penalty on himself when his ball moved on the green -- this year Woodhill-based Bothma is struggling with his putting as Murless looks for win, The Star, South Africa, 16 Feb 2005

Tom Herzan of Ohio jumps out to the lead in the Senior Stroke Play with opening 64 -- "It could have been lower. I missed three or four putts inside five feet on the back nine.", PGA.com, 16 Feb 2005

Samsung Amateur Golf Tour: Korean Kim Chang-hoi outlasts 2 locals for win -- Jun Bernis and Jay Bayron both miss tieing putts on final hole, INQ7 Interactive, Inc., Philippines, 16 Feb 2005

New Nike Oz putter has beefed-up MOI, CBS SportsLine.com, 16 Feb 2005

Employee putting gaining popularity among corporates, NDTV.com, India, 16 Feb 2005

Hooter's Tour Winter Series: Nick Gilliam rebounds from 76 to shoot record 63 at Majors GC -- "My shots went right at the pin and my putts went in. It's nice when you birdie half your holes.", Florida Today, FL, 16 Feb 2005

Phil Mickelson targeting Augusta early -- "It's important for me to have a great West Coast swing and last year it was the key to my Masters victory. I played well every week on the West Coast and knew I would play well at Augusta, that I would make the crucial putts.", Rediff.com, India, 16 Feb 2005

Jackie Burke, 82, shares golfing wisdom in 3-day clinic at Jim McLean's school -- once whacked Billy Ray Brown in the head after he missed a 2-foot putt: "I want you to feel pain when you miss a putt.", Miami Herald, FL, 16 Feb 2005

Tom Lehman wants to be Ryder playing captain but is candid: "I'm still a streaky putter. I putt well at times and there are times that I don't make as many, but I'm improving. If I get to the point where I'm a significantly better putter and when the pressure is on I'm making really good putts and I'm knocking them in the hole, then I'll play. I really don't want guys, myself included, who can't make a 10-footer when you have to.", Detroit news, MI, 16 Feb 2005

ACE Group Classic: A year later, Gary Koch still plays back missed putt Naples Daily News, FL, 16 Feb 2005

Vijay Singh shows another side in Tour commercial -- the "Ice Putt", USA Today, 16 Feb 2005

2004: Mike Weir rode his putter to victory at Riviera -- Shotlink stats tell the tale, CBS SportsLine.com, 16 Feb 2005

Oklahoma golfers come up short at Taylor Made Waikoloa -- Sooners Coach Jim Ragan: "Not a lot of putts were falling.", CollegeSports.com, 15 Feb 2005

Junior Janey Deimling Leads UAB To Miss Louis Victory -- UAB head coach Kim Wilcox: "The greens were hard to read and no one really putted well.", CollegeSports.com, NY, 14 Feb 2005

Paul Carman lead disappears on last hole at San Lorenzo, Algarve -- three-putt costs him win, ic Huddersfield.co.uk, UK, 14 Feb 2005

Phil Mickelson wins despite spotty putting in final round -- misses six inside 18 feet for lackluster 73 -- Mike Weir has a good day too little too late, even though he misses six putts in a row and falls 4 short, Cybergolf National, 14 Feb 2005

Blue Chip Oz T160 blade, Golf-Gear-Review.com (press release), PA, 14 Feb 2005

Short-putt misses on closing holes don't matter as Phil Mickelson's lead holds up -- misses from 6, 4, and 8 feet over closing holes, Hannibal Courier Post, MO, 14 Feb 2005

Mike Weir's putting hiccup Saturday and numerous burned edges Sunday leave him short but more optimistic going forward, SLAM! Sports, Canada, 14 Feb 2005

White Hot #1, Golf-Gear-Review.com (press release), PA, 14 Feb 2005

Dana Quigley hangs on for title in beck's Open -- Tommy Tolles falls out of contention with a three-putt, The News-Press, FL, 14 Feb 2005

Top NC junior golfer Robert Riesen of Pinehurst had a big 2004 and plans for more -- recalls loss in 19 holes to David Chung of Fayetteville NC at Olympic Club Junior Amateur quarterfinals after holding 5-up lead with five to play when Chung's putter caught fire, Southern Pines Pilot, NC, 13 Feb 2005

19-year-old Ai Miyazato powers Japan to World Cup title -- teammate Rui Kitada comes thru in the clutch with a big 25-foot birdie putt on 17th to save the win -- "That was the biggest putt in my life.", Arizona Republic, AZ, 13 Feb 2005

Phil Mickelson clearly enjoys victory -- Mike Weir's challenge stalls with a case of the putting shorts -- "Every one looked good, as soon as they left the putter right until the end. It was kind of a shock that a couple didn't go in.", Orlando Sentinel, FL, 13 Feb 2005

How the wind can suck resilience from a golfer -- putting balls that get blown off the green at Gullane, Scotsman, UK, 13 Feb 2005

PGA Tour Notebook: Sub-60s rounds that don't count in the books include Jason Bohn's 58 on the Canadian Tour and Doug Dunakey's three-putt from 20 feet on the final hole for 59 on the Nationwide Tour, PGA.com, 13 Feb 2005

Phil Tataurangi: Niclas Fasth's focus provides that formidable winning -- keeping cool under the gun allows Fasth to sink the winning putt on 2nd playoff hole to cinch NZ Open for his second European Tour victory, New Zealand Herald, New Zealand, 13 Feb 2005

Englishman Steve Webster skies to 80 in NZ Open 3rd round and gets a marker to play final round -- exits car and goes straiht to first tee without warmup -- zooms around the layout in 3 hours flat and sets new course record at 62 with 10 birdies -- cans 35-footer on final hole to better course mark by 1 shot, New Zealand Hearld, 13 Feb 2005

Phil Mickelson's preround putting routine includes sinking 100 putts from 3 feet, San Francisco Chronicle, CA, 13 Feb 2005

Mike Weir struggles with putter in third round -- "I didn't putt very well today and I didn't get very much out of the round," said Weir, who carded three bogeys largely because of his struggles on the green. "I just didn't feel it." -- 73 drops him 4 back of Mickelson, Monterey Herald, CA, 13 Feb 2005

Alice Cooper: "If I'm short on a putt, you can call me 'Alice.' Then, after I win, 'Your Majesty' is fine.", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, PA, 12 Feb 2005

Steve Nelson: No end to David Duval's struggles -- "Even when Duval did find the fairway and got on in regulation, he didn't make a single putt of substance all day. He took 31 putts Friday after needing 32 on Thursday. No mercy there." Santa Cruz Sentinel, CA, 12 Feb 2005,

University of SF grad Todd Fischer putts into contention -- leads field in putting with 24 per day, San Mateo County Times, CA, 12 Feb 2005

Nick O'Hern's gamble yet to produce the big win -- loss to Craig Parry frustrating -- "My putting has been great all year. I had 26 putts on the Saturday, but then 33 in regulation play on Sunday.", Sydney Morning Hreald, Australia, 12 Feb 2005

Tiger Woods missing and missing out -- just doesn't like playing lumpy greens in California, Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, IN, 12 Feb 2005

Gateway winner Gary Christian adds to mini-tour résumé -- challenge from Pinehurst's Dustin Bray falls short when Bray three-putts 15th to lose momentum, Alabama Sports, 12 Feb 2005

Arjun Singh wins Amby alley PGAI Tour event at Poone GC -- Vijay Kumar putts miserably to finish T-6, Express India, 11 Feb 2005

Looking For Premium Putter? -- try Dave Curry's Big Oak Boston B Balanced putter designed in conjunction with Balance Certified Golf's Jeff Lindner, Milwaukee Channel.com, WI, 11 Feb 2005

Equipment Extra -- Center-shafted, face-balanced putters are the new trend, GolfDigest.com, 11 Feb 2005

Zach Johnson interview: How the putting came a little unglued in final round at Augusta, Cybergolf, 11 Feb 2005

Sweden's Niclas Fasth, England's Miles Tunnicliff and Australian Richard Green equalled the course record 63 in yesterday's second round of the New Zealand Open, Sydney Morning Herald -- Fasth with 27 putts, Green with 21, Australia, 11 Feb 2005

Alastair Forsyth opens in New Zealand with a 65 -- only 25 putts, Glasgow Daily Record, UK, 11 Feb 2005

Nick O'Hern looks to Europe after heartbreaking loss in 4-hole playoff with Craig Parry -- missed winning putts twice before Parry iced a 15-footer to win -- O'Hern: "I looked at my round and I think I had 33 putts and if you hit that many putts you're not going to win.", ABC Sports, Australia, 6 Feb 2005

Jack Nicklaus collects his biggest check in the Skins -- holes 14-footer for final pile -- at 65, after back surgery November, and with a bum hamstring and no legs, Jack shocks himself but no one else, Boulder Daily Camera, CO, 6 Feb 2005

Criag Parry outduels Nick O'Hern to take Heineken in 4 playoff holes -- both miss winning putts on 18th then replay 18 4 times -- O'Hern misses winner putts inside 10 feet twice before Parry sinks from 15 feet and O'hern misses again to lose -- iseekgolf, Australia, 6 Feb 2005

Craig Parry takes a putting lesson from the way his 10-year-old son Ryan putts, and wins the Heineken Classic, Sydney Morning Herald, Australia, 6 Feb 2005

21-year-old Kevin Na suffers brunt of Lefty-leaning cheers -- 165,000 at FBR Open -- chanting rattles Na -- tied at 15th, Na misses key putts and drops to 4 behind Phil Mickelson over last holes, AZ Central.com, AZ, 6 Feb 2005

Yes! Golf C-Groove Callie Putters, Golf-Gear-Review.com, PA, 6 Feb 2005

Seemingly unstoppable, Columbus Ohio's Bob Sowards rolls on into semi-finals of PGA Match Play -- Mike Baker cans a 25-footer to catch Colin Amaral on penultimate hole and then survive last hole to advance, PGA.com, 6 Feb 2005

Heineken round 3: Ernie Els 3-putts from 15 feet -- Nick O'Hern's ballstriking great but broomhandle putting suspect -- Raymond Russell gets a string going but then closes bogey-bogey-bogey with 2 3-putts and 4 3-putts for the day, Scotsman, UK, 5 Feb 2005

Kevin Na misses putts to fall 4 back over last 4 holes -- misses 4-foot par putt at 15th, 3-putts from 60 feet at 16th, misses from 7 feet at 17th -- Phil Mickelson's putting well except for 3-putt on 10th -- finishes with a 15-foot birdie on 18th, SportsNetwork.com, 5 Feb 2005

Colin Montgomery collapses with 4 bogeys on last six holes including 3-putt on 18th -- South Korean teenager Song Bo-bae wins Samsung Ladies in Singapore with birdie on last hole to edge out Charlotta Sorenstam -- Laura Davies ends T-3 with poor putting, Sunday herald, UK, 5 Feb 2005

Caddying for Nick Faldo, Sunday Times, UK, 5 Feb 2005

FBR Notebook - Mark Calcavecchia rebounds from first-round back spasms -- fires 6-under 30 on his front side with 2 20-footers and a 40-footer but misses 5 short putts inside 6-12 feet on back side -- "I'm still working on my confidence, especially with the putting.", East valley Tribune, AZ, 5 Feb 2005

Laura Davies pays price in Samsung Ladies for missed putts -- "I just didn't make as many putts as I should have. I made about three good putts all day and I had a great chance for eagle on the 15th and I don't know how that putt didn't go in.", Scotsman, UK, 5 Feb 2005

Recovering from knee surgery, Nick O'hern credits nice putting to his difficulty bending to read putts, so he is spending less time on the reading and more on the sinking, Fox Sports, Australia, 5 Feb 2005

Adam Scott has terrible putting -- total putts of 34, 32, and 36 in first three rounds at Royal Melbourne -- feels like he's striking the ball great but on the greens he feels like he's never played the game at all -- trying to get eyes square in setup, Fox Sports, Australia, 5 Feb 2005

Adam Scott collapses to 75th after three rounds at Royal Melbourne with 102 putts so far, The Age, Australia, 5 Feb 2005

Coming in 2012: the U.S. Open / Olympic Club -- Payne Syewart's misfortune on too-slick / too-sloped 18th green allowing Lee Janzen to win in 1998 recalled -- 18th green reworked to avoid the problem, San Francisco Chronicle, CA, 5 Feb 2005

Perth's Nick O'Hern hobbles to the brink of a breakthrough -- Friday's 63 featured only 26 putts, Sydney Morning Herald, Australia, 5 Feb 2005

Stephen Gallacher's backyard putting green helps "putt" him over the top in breakthrough season, Scotsman, UK, 5 Feb 2005

Golf show takes a peek at yesteryear's game -- long-nose putters on exhibit at West Michigan Golf Expo -- $10,000 putting contest to benefit charity, MI Live, 5 Feb 2005

Phil Mickelson charges back into the mix with course-record 60 -- birdie-rich round includes a 77-footer for eagle, AZ Central.com, AZ, 5 Feb 2005

Nick O'Hern leads Heineken by 1 after 8-under 63 -- one of his top-10 best performances -- "I've played better and shot worse - I putted just beautifully and if you can putt well around here you are going to shoot a good score.", Advertiser Adelaide, Australia, 5Feb 2005

Follow Your Arc -- the Putting Arc training aid, Golf-Gear-Review.com, PA, 4 Feb 2005

Colin Montgomerie resurgent at start of season: "If I hit the fairways, I am going to hit the greens. The last two days here I have been hitting the fairways and then hitting the greens. And I holed nine putts, so we are doing okay.", Daily Times, Pakistan, 4 Feb 2005

Heineken Classic: Peter Lonard follows opening 65 with steady 68: "I hit it to 20-feet all day and I'm not known for holing a lot of 20-footers, so I pretty well got what I deserved.", Daily Times, Pakistan, 4 Feb 2005

Senior player Wheeler Stewart survives into quarter-finals of Match Play Championship -- outputts opponent coming in -- "I one-putted almost everything on the back nine. It was fun.", PGA.com, 4 Feb 2005

Torrential rains delay start and take sting out of Royal Melbourne normally lightning-fast greens as sandy course drains quickly -- Ernie Els' bid to win fourth Heineken starts off unevenly -- 3-putts par-5 after reaching green in 2 -- "I just never got it goimg.", Ireland Online, 4 Feb 2005

Big gusting winds to 30 mph delay play at FBR Open -- greens too fast for wind and balls blown off greens -- play suspended to re-water greens -- Stewart Cink: "Chad Campbell's ball got blown all the way off the green on 8, and he had to play it," Cink said. "Mike Weir's ball, he chipped it up towards the hole. When he went to putt, he replaced his ball at the mark and the wind blew it about 6 inches from the hole. So tell me that's fair. It's not.", Tucson Citizen, AZ, 4 Feb 2005

"Wind delay"? -- what the heck is that? -- Rich beem 5-putts, Phil Mickelson strokes ball off green, Michael Allen's ears hurting as his ball gets blown closer to the hole, East Valley Tribune, AZ, 4 Feb 2005

The Business Of Nanotech -- nanotech golf balls equal straighter putts? -- pay $5 a ball and see what you think, BusinessWeek, 3 Feb 2005

Ryan Quinn ties for 23rd on NGA Tour -- 72-68-69 could have been better -- 32 putts in final round -- "Overall, I putted better this week, but I didn't get the results because of the poor greens," he said. "I'll continue to work on my putting. The putts just weren't dropping.", La Crosse Tribune, WI, 3 Feb 2005

Heineken opening: Ernie Els and Adam Scott leaving putts short on normally slick Royal Melbourne greens -- difficulty adjusting to greens slowed by 6 inches of rain, New Straits Times, Malaysia, 4 Feb 2005

Peter Lonard first learned about Royal Melbourne's greens in the 1990s: They would go a bluey colour and you could hear your spikes crunching on them. When you are a rookie you don't know what that means until you hit your first putt and then you find out too late. Tuesday was the fastest I've ever putted on in my life. It was extremely difficult to feel you had any control over the ball." News.com.au. Australia, 3 Feb 2005

Reason to Smile -- changes at Ping under CEO John Solheim keep company hot, GolfDigest.com, 3 Feb 2005

2005 Samsung Ladies Masters: Korean Bo Bae Song leading with 65 -- New Zealand's Lynette Brooky joint third with round having only 26 putts -- Laura Davies has two 3-putts, iseekgolf, Australia, 3 Feb 2005

Trevor Immelman's 65 commands respect among big guns at Royal Melbourne -- superb putting on stellar greens -- "On Tuesday they were the fastest greens I had ever played on in my life. It was extremely difficult to feel like you had any control over the ball when you were putting. They have come back but they are still pretty quick.", News.com.au, Australia, 3 Feb 2005

Crazy golf course is a putting edge idea -- "Mini golf has been increasing in popularity in recent years, and at an international level, it is recognised as a sport in its own right. Players travel from across the UK to compete in the British Masters Minigolf Tournament, held at Adventure Island in Southend-on-Sea.", Wimbledon Guardian, UK, 3 Feb 2005

Royal Melbourne greens will hold the key to Jarrod Lyle's top-10 bid, Shepparton News, Australia, 2 Feb 2005

Drive for show, putt for dough with Geoff Mangum, GolfInstruction.com, 2 Feb 2005

The Pipe putter from Nickent Golf, PGA.com, 2 Feb 2005

Business Insider: Nike Golf knows it can't carry the golf industry, PGA.com, 2 Feb 2005

Short-putt misses keeping Ernie Els out of the under-60 club, Chicago Daily Herald, IL, 2 Feb 2005

Tiger Woods wins Buick Invitational despite missing half the fairways by having the sixth best putting performance of his career -- 106 total putts and 7 of 15 sinks in the 15-25 foot range, DetNews.com, MI, 2 Feb 2005

Shane Jacobs, former ProMiniGolf Ass'n champ, gives tips on how to play Mesa's Golfland minigolf course -- PGA Tour's FBR Championship field in town, Arizona Republic, AZ, 2 Feb 2005

Q&A with Shane Jacobs, one of the founders of the proMiniGolf Association, Arizona Republic, AZ, 2 Feb 2005

The World Sand Golf Championship at Abu Dhabi's Al Ghazal Golf Course set for March 27 -- well-maintained sand-and-oil greens putt true, AsiaTravelTips, 2 Feb 2005

Dick Mast recalls 1974 San Diego Open -- he had 23 putts playing with Billy Casper, but Casper had only 21 putts and also bounced two chips off the pin -- "Billy Casper really had some short game.", CBSSportsline, 2 Feb 2005

Singapore Caltex Masters: Europe finds new star in golfer "Little Nick" Dougherty -- with a one-stroke lead over Colin Montgomery with three to play, Dougherty makes marvelous birdie putts on 16th and 18th while Montgomery drops a shot on each, swelling the margin to 5, Express News, India, 1 Feb 2005

Callaway / Odyssey putters tops at Caltex Masters with 77 in play, Companynewsgroup, Italy, 1 Feb 2005

Ryan Heitala ends lenghty wait in Nationwide Tour action -- opens in Panama with a course-record 64 and ends T-16th -- Thursday: "My putter was really on fire. I was seeing the line on all my putts." -- 8 birdies / 2 bogies included 2 20-footers and a 35-footer, Acadia Now, LA, 1 Feb 2005

NGA Tour: Ryan Quinn hopes greens don't slow his progress -- The Legends at Claremont FL have the worst greens of the Tour -- patchy Bermuda with some greens stimping a mere 5 pose same problems for all competitors, LaCrosse Tribune, WI, 31 Jan 2005

Hale Irwin finishes in top-10 on Senior Tour 74% of his 230 starts! -- Vance Veazey survives to win Nationwide Panama event by 1 after roller-coaster day that includes one 50-foot birdie, a 40-foot chip-in, 3 birdies in a row, and then 4 bogeys on last 4 holes, USA Today, 31 Jan 2005

Justin Leonard best putter in the field at Hope -- Averages fewer than 26 putts per round, Scotsman, UK, 31 Jan 2005

Singapore Caltex Masters: Nick Dougherty's birdie putt on 16th knocks off Colin Montgomerie when Monty 3-jacks for a 2-shot swing, ic Liverpool, UK, 31 Jan 2005

Phil Mickelson's two-putt bogey from 6 feet on 12th ends any challenge and starts a Sunday collapse at Hope, Desert Sun, CA, 31 Jan 2005

Singapore Caltex Masters: Amandeep Johl finishes 52nd -- "I just couldn't get the putts in today. Actually I was playing fine with very few mistakes, but the putting let me down.", PlanetGuru, WA, 31 Jan 2005

Bird Dog Putters introduces Oversize Mallet series, WorldGolf.com, San Marcos, 31 Jan 2005

Singapore Caltex Masters after 2 rounds: Nick Dougherty is holding his own -- finishes with 30-foot birdie on 16th and 10-foot birdie on 18th, ic Teesside.co.uk, UK, 30 Jan 2005

Stuart Appleby on his putting attitude in Hawaii: "I didn't make any putts but they were quality putts, putts that looked good all the time, and if they don't go in I don't care." -- says if he continues this way, he can win 2-3 times this year, Age, Australia, 30 Jan 2005

Davis Love III waits until Hope to open his season -- skips bumpy greens in favor of "perfect greens" at hope so that he can see how his putting is working, Ventura County Star, CA, 30 Jan 2005

Paul Lawrie hails "best ever" performance with 66 -- striking ball close all day after work with coach Brendan McDaid but not putting well -- two three-putts, IrishExaminer.com, Ireland, 30 Jan 2005

New putters: Aserta, Heavy, Q-Roll, Hammy, Ottawa Sun Online, Canada, 30 Jan 2005

New putters an ace in the hole -- Aserta, Q-Roll, Heavy putters get the buzz, SLAM! Sports, Canada, 30 Jan 2005

Bogey-free 66 puts Hale Irwin up by two in the Turtle Bay Championship -- only 23 putts with 6 birdies, PGA.com, 30 Jan 2005

Mike Weir struggles with changes but "it's going to pay off" -- His putting stroke flawed right now -- misses cut by 7 strokes -- "I've never putted worse in my life so I hope that's behind me.", Toronto Star, Canada, 30 Jan 2005

Hybrids among highlights at PGA Merchandise Show -- Callaway, Seemore, Never Compromise putters, CBS Sportsline, 29 Jan 2005

Mike Weir not putting well on "perfect" greens at Hope -- 32 putts Wednesday then 35 putts Thursday, Edmonton Sun, Canada, 29 Jan 2005

Nickent launches new putter design at PGA Show, WorldGolf.com, 27 Jan 2005

Heavy Putters enter golf market, WorldGolf.com, 27 Jan 2005

Nickent Golf introduces revolutionary Pipe putter at PGA Merchandise Show, The Wire, 27 Jan 2005

Ernie Els gets a new Scotty Cameron -- slightly heavier, more loft -- takes only 22 putts, iseekgolf.com, 17 Jan 2005

Greg Fudge returns as Sales Director for STX, Baltimore MD, Wire, 24 Jan 2005

Aserta Sports unveils "The Monster" Putter by Rich Parente, San Jose CA, Wire, 24 Jan 2005

Mars Golf introduces "Line of Fire" putter line, Columbus OH, Wire, 24 Jan 2005

STX Putters to participate in Golf Demo Day and PGA Merchadise Show, Baltimore MD, Wire, 24 Jan 2005

Tiger Woods wins ugly -- only 6 fairways and 10 greens in final round, but only 25 putts with a great scrambling game outlasts fading Tom Lehman, Charles Howell, and Luke Donald -- seals win with 18-foot birdie on last hole, San Diego Union Tribune, CA, 24 Jan 20045

Dana Quigley 3-putts final hole to allow Tom Watson into playoff but then wins on third hole after Watson hits into the lava, Arkansas Democrat Gazette, AR, 24 Jan 2005

Tom Lehman frustrated by finish in second -- missed putt on last hole from 2'10" drops him into tie for third and cost him $160,000, San Diego Union Tribune, CA, 24 Jan 2005

Local favorite Phil Mickelson has a bad tournament and finishes 56th -- blames putting and short game -- "My putting was very poor this week, and my short game, bunker play and chipping were poor.", San Diego Union Tribune, CA, 24 Jan 2005

Callaway Golf Signs PGA European Tour Star Thomas Bjorn -- to play Odyssey White Hot putter and other Callaway clubs, Business Wire (press release), CA, 24 Jan 2005

South African Airways Open: Easy win for Tim Clark vaults him into world top 50 -- solid shotmaking and stellar putting leave him six strokes clear of the field -- only 3 dropped shots for the event -- several long bombs and birdies on final two holes leave him six shots clear, South Africa, 24 Jan 2005

Tom Watson falls short in Hawaii playoff -- his old bugaboo, putts in the 3-5 foot range, comes back to haunt him again -- fumbles lead missing two 4-footers on back nine and misses 9-footer for win on last hole, Kansas City Star, MO, 24 Jan 2005

Ernie Els enjoys his test drive at Buick -- Plays well but not great -- round comes undone with three-putt par on par-5 9th followed by missed 9-foot birdie putt on 10th, North County Times, CA, 24 Jan 2005

Flying start for Tom Watson -- "You can shoot low scores when you putt well,” Watson said. “I changed my putting stroke a little when I came here and it worked. My old putting style felt like I was flipping my wrist. I made the change a little out of desperation." -- bogey-free 64 misses event record by 1 -- left three longish birdies on the course with misses from 25, 12, and 18 feet, Ireland Online, Ireland, 22 Jan 2005

Don't blink or you'll miss one of our brightest star golfers -- Josh Geary has magic touch on the greens -- best NZ amateur since Michael Campbell, New Zealand Herald, New Zealand, 22 Jan 2005

Carbite Golf Introduces New Putters, Wedges at Orlando PGA Show, Golf-Gear-Review.com (press release), PA, 22 Jan 2005

Easy North Course good to Tom Lehman with a 62 -- Tiger Woods bests tough South Course's field average 72.4 by 3.5 69 featuring a 45-foot birdie and a couple of bombs, Electric New Paper, Singapore, 22 Jan 2005

Malibu club maker Walter Rosenthal teams up with Jesse Ortiz of Orlimar fame to make Bobby Jones metal woods for prestige market -- Ely Callaway in late 1990s made Bobby Jones putters, Los Angeles Times, CA, 22 Jan 2005

Poway HS grad looks Charlie Hoffman like lock to make Buick cut -- former UNLV player would be safer except for his putting problems, North County Times, CA, 21 Jan 2005

Stroke change good for Tom Watson -- less-flippy stroke rolls balls straighter, helps with left-to-right putts -- gets around with 29 putts including a 45-foot birdie "key" putt -- "I changed my putting stroke when I got over here. I made an adjustment by using a flippy wrist through the impact area and all of a sudden the ball started rolling pretty true. The left-to-right putts started on line, which I've had a real hard time doing.", Honolulu Star-Bulletin, HI, 22 Jan 2005

Stephen Gallacher ready to come out of cold storage -- Bernard's nephew aiming for top 50 ranking -- used artificial green at home and switch to belly putter to sharpen up his putting with goal of cutting 1/2 stroke out of his game with flatstick -- "My putting green is absolutely fantastic," he grinned. "The artificial surface is superb. There are such fine lines between the best players at the top level, and anything that might give you an edge is worth trying. I've worked on a few small things with the putting and right now it feels great.", The Scotsman, UK, 21 Jan 2005

Element 21 Golf announces massive preparations for sales campaign of new golf equipment line -- kickoff at PGA Merchadise Show -- soon to include new putters -- Chicago's Media Group to handle PR campaign, I-Newswire.com (press release), 21 Jan 2005

Equipment Extra -- face balancing and heel-shafted vs center-shafted putters -- extended shaft axis thru head matters, not hosel location, GolfDigest.com, 21 Jan 2005

David Howell 8 back and out of contention in South Africa -- misses 6 makeable putts offline on slightly grainy greens, The Times, UK, 21 Jan 2005

17th Annual West Michigan Golf Show Coming Up in February -- $10,000 Putt Fore Cash contest, Cybergolf National, 21 Jan 2005

NGA Pro Tour, Apopka, Fla.: Former NCAA-III player of the year Ryan Quinn misses cut -- Four three-putts too many -- "Hey, putting goes in streaks. You never know.", LaCrosse Tribune, WI, 20 Jan 2005

Titch Moore sets pace at South African Open with first-round 65 -- 6 birdies, 1 eagle, 1 bogey -- "I'm delighted with the start because I putted really well. I hit a lot of good iron shots and was able to convert them.", Reuters, UK, 20 Jan 2005

Territorial advantage for California natives during Western Swing -- "Greens in California tend to be composed of poa annua grass, which is often bumpy and difficult to putt on. Very few courses outside of California use poa annua greens, so players who grew up in Southern California have a huge advantage.", Ventura County Star, CA, 20 Jan 2005

Vijay Singh at the Buick: "I have never putted well here. That's always been a struggle for me.", Covers, Canada, 20 Jan 2005

Ernie Els sporting a new flatstick -- Hank Kuehne suffering the putting blahs, GolfDigest.com, 19 Jan 2005

Bumpy greens at Torrey Pines depressed betting odds for Tiger Woods after struggles at Kapalua, Times Online - Betting, UK, 19 Jan 2005

Firelight Corporation Announces Acquisition of assets from Slotline Golf, Inc., PR Newswire, 19 Jan 2005

PING Establishes PING GOLF JAPAN KK, PR Newswire, 19 Jan 2005

Ben Hogan launches new products for '05 -- unit of TopFlite includes Bettinardi putters, CBS Sportsline, 19 Jan 2005

Tim Rostaforte: "What he's shown this year is that his putting stroke has not deserted him the way it has Woods. Singh averaged 28 putts per round last week, including 30 on Sunday when he shot 65.", GolfDigest.com, 19 Jan 2005

73rd annual Ione D. Jones/Doherty Amateur at Coral Ridge Country Club -- Connie Shorb: "It's hard to win a match when you three-putt two of the last three holes.", Sun-Sentinel.com, FL, 18 Jan 2005

Orange County Regional Historical Center -- Exhibit "The Florida Swing: Golf in the Sunshine State" coincides with PGA Merchandise Show -- Hands-on features include faux putting green with hickory-shafted putters, Orlando Sentinel, FL, 18 Jan 2005

Ernie Els Junior Tour at Mt Edgecombe: Free State's Dewald Smit outlasts Mount Edgecombe local Jared Harvey in 54-hole epic battle when Harvey misses a pressure putt on 53rd hole and Smit sinks his to win by one, Independent Online, South Africa, 18 Jan 2005

Phil Mickelson skips Hawaii because he doesn't like the greens -- Observes that Michelle Wie was "dreadful" on the greens and her putts often flew way past the hole -- Favors Tiger for Buick Invitational: "Regular putting greens equal victories for Tiger.", Sports Network, 18 Jan 2005

TaylorMade(R) Golf Takes to Sea With Crystal Cruises -- featuring drivers and Mezza Monza putter, PR Newswire (press release), 18 Jan 2005

South African Airways Open pre-qualifier: Rookie Phillip Barnes in form at Royal Durban -- Leads field with 69 and takes only 25 putts -- "What really kept me going was that I sank a number of long putts, including one from 50ft on the fifth hole.", The Monterey Mercury, CA, 17 Jan 2005

Mitchell Golf to Introduce Putter Fitting System at PGA Show, The Wire, 17 Jan 2005

Q-Roll's Firebird receives an "All Time System Best" with Swing Dynamics, The Wire, 17 Jan 2005

Vijay Singh rallies to win with birdie on final hole -- Ernie Els overcomes weeklong putting troubles and ties course record 62 in charge to catch up but Vijay remains out of reach despite missing 4 short birdie putts on back nine -- Routine birdie on final hole good for 1-shot margin, The Ledger, FL, 17 Jan 2005

Tom Lehman trying to regain touch -- "I finally gave up on the short putter. I fought it and fought it and fought it, and finally I said enough is enough. I went back to the long putter and I started making a few putts.", Arkansas Democrat Gazette, AR, 17 Jan 2005

Positive putting -- Putting is a mind game, Nepali Times, Nepal, 17 Jan 2005

MacGregor Has Four New Products On Golf Digest's Hot List, Golf-Gear-Review.com, PA, 16 Jan 2005

Michelle Wie's short game has improved but her putting has not -- last year she knocked in putts from everywhere at Sony, but this year she struggle with three-putts and short misses and 62 putts in two rounds, GolfDigest.com, 16 Jan 2005

Vijay Singh thinking maybe he can win in Hawaii: "I've been hitting a lot of good shots, but I'm not finishing over the putts. I've had my chances over here. I've never won. Hey, maybe this week, you never know.", Honolulu Star-Bulletin, HI, 16 Jan 2005

Technology making game more expensive but there are limits -- John Solheim: "Not too many people are going to pay $800 for a putter, no matter how good it is.", Arizona Republic, AZ, 16 Jan 2005

Three-putt stops Michelle Wie's run at Sony, Honolulu Advertiser, HI, 15 Jan 2005

Jason Allred makes cut first PGA Tour cut at Sony Open -- putter saves his bacon with birdie bombs from 40, 15, and 35 feet coming home, Mail Tribune, OR, 15 Jan 2005

Michelle Wie misses Sony Open cut by seven shots -- triples sixth hole with three-putt from 8 feet and never recovers, Ventura County Star, CA, 15 Jan 2005

First Portable Putting Green System to Retail, BunkerShot.com, TX, 15 Jan 2005

Ernie Els six back with 67 -- "I had 31 putts today but a lot of them were close.", ABC Online, Australia, 15 Jan 2005

Michelle Wie misses Sony cut by 7 -- "After missing putt after putt after putt, your shoes get heavier and you start thinking it's not my day today. ", ABC Sport, Australia, 15 Jan 2005

Asian Tour Q-School: Shiv Kapur remains in hunt despite missing birdie putts all day, Indian Express, India, 14 Jan 2005

Oklahoma's South Central Golf Expo Coming to Union's Hammons Arena -- KRMG/Battle Creek $10,000 putting challenge will offer a top prize of up to $10,000 for anyone who can make three putts in succession from 10, 25 and 50 feet, Greater Tulsa Reporter News, OK, 14 Jan 2005

David Frost manages 76 in near gale-force winds to medal in British Open qualifier in Africa -- round saved by his putter despite a "9" on the par-4 4th hole -- canned an 80-footer on 2nd hole, made some other bombs, and finished with a 15-foot birdie on last hole, PGA.com, 14 Jan 2005

Mike Weir modelling setup fundamentals this year on Tiger Woods, Ernie Els, and Retief Goosen in hopes of avoiding putting woes of last year -- not just a "feel" putter any more, Vancouver Sun, Canada, 14 Jan 2005

Stewart Cink shares lead despite "off" putting -- "My swing was feeling great, I had a lot of opportunities to make some birdies, and I didn't putt very well.", Channel News Asia, Singapore, 14 Jan 2005

Tom Kite "clawing" his way back onto the PGA Tour -- "I changed to the claw grip in the middle of last year, and I can putt again. That gives me rays of hope. If I wasn't putting better, this would be something that I wouldn't even consider.", New York Times, 13 Jan 2005

Chart: Michelle Wie against the 2004 Sony field -- Out-putted the big boys - made 182' 10" of putts in round 2 (averaging 10' 2" per putt, tops) -- made 7 putts outside 10' over 2 days -- made all 14 putts inside 10' in round 2 -- averaged 27 putts per round vs. field average of 29.78, CBS Sportsline, 13 Jan 2005

Sizzling 64 puts American Corey Harris in front of field -- nine birdies and one bogey round -- longest birdie putt was 8 feet, The Malaysia Star, Malaysia, 13 Jan 2005

A "poley" is a putt longer than the length of the flag pole, Bella Vista Weekly Vista, AR, 13 Jan 2005

American Corey Harris leads Asian Q-School with opening 64 -- Aussie David Bransdon 2 back with only 26 total putts, including a 15-footer for eagle on 3rd hole, rediff.com, India, 12 Jan 2005

Tom Lehman selects Corey Pavin and Loren Roberts as assistant captaims for Ryder Cup effort -- Pavin's pressure putting, Roberts' superb putting highlighted, Cybergolf, 12 Jan 2005

Cobra Golf offers new Inner Mallet putter line for 2005, CBS Sportsline, 12 Jan 2005

Re-do of Kapalua's greens in the works for 2005 -- changeover from TifDwarf to faster, thinner TifEagle Bermuda and recontouring a number of greens to be done by Ben Crenshaw - Bill Coore design team, Golf Digest, 12 Jan 2005

Mars Golf Pushes Putter Design to the "Outer Limits" -- introducing new line at PGA Merchandise Show, The Wire, 12 Jan 2005

Retief Goosen -- The quiet South African might be the best putter on the planet, Fort Pierce Tribune, FL, 12 Jan 2005

Ernie Els Junior Tour: The Ernie Els Foundation's Nelson Prinavin (Umdoni Park, KZN) (age 17) took an incredible 10 putts to complete his first nine holes, and notched up five birdies for the day, Cape Argus, Africa, 11 Jan 2005

PGA Senior Stroke Play Championship at the PGA Golf Club, Port St Lucie: Buddy Harston (Lexington KY) grabs lead with 64 -- Birdie-machine Bob Ralston (Little Rock AR) second with 66 that included three 3-putt bogies, Vero Beach Press-Journal, FL, 10 Jan 2005

TOUR Insider: Plantation Course at Kapalua Resort getting greens make-over -- Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore re-doing Bermuda greens with faster strain (TifEagle), and softening some too-contoured greens for more pin positions, CBS Sportsline, 11 Jan 2004

Tiger Woods takes 122 putts to winner Stuart Appleby's 116 -- "I probably had more opportunities within 15 feet than I've had in a long time and I just made nothing.", Maui News, HI, 11 Jan 2005

Tiger Woods: "Man, I think I had 300 putts this week. Only bright side is that I really hit it great all week. If I'm able to keep hitting it like that, I know I'm going to putt better than I did here.", SLAM! Sports, Canada, 10 Jan 2005

Improving putting a priority for Mike Weir during off-season, Canada East, Canada, 9 Jan 2005

Knight EZROLL ZR3 Putters Golf Equipment Review, Golf-gear-review.com, 9 Jan 2005

Mike Weir on new high with his 63 -- 14 one-putt greens, Honolulu Advertiser, HI, 8 Jan 2005

Callaway Golf and Perfect Putter Company Resolve Putter Dispute with Acquisition of Patents, Business Wire, Carlsbad, CA, 7 Jan 2005

Vijay Singh still in driver's seat at Mercedes Championships -- putting well and playing well -- drains a 60-footer and makes lots of mid-range putts -- Tiger Woods misses 6 putts inside 12 feet -- has trouble adjusting to green speed, KOKI FOX 23, OK, 7 Jan 2005

Can Mike Weir find his stroke?, Milford Daily News, MA, 7 Jan 2005

3 lead in Desert Marlin Pro-Am -- Mark Calcavecchia sinks birdie putts of 15, 12, 15 and 30 feet and capped off the round with a 40-footer, Arizona Republic, AZ, 7 Jan 2005

Legendary Columbus CC pro and instructor Charles Harper to be inducted into Georgia Golf Hall of Fame at age 82 -- father taught him putting on miniature golf courses -- won numerous PGA events and played in 4 US Opens in late 40s and 50s -- "I was a pretty fair putter.", Ledger Enquirer, GA, 7 Jan 2005

MSNBC - Tiger still No. 1 in earnings, 7 Jan 2005

Tiger Woods' putting woes getting worse, Boston Globe, MA, 7 Jan 2005

Mike Weir's excellent Friday on the greens -- 23 putts including 14 one-putt greens -- follows 33 putts on Thursday -- Jonathan Kaye finished 167th in putting in 2004 but is tops in Maui so far with 1.600 putts per GIR, CBS Sportsline (subscription), 7 Jan 2005

One player who felt frustration in Round 2 was Tiger Woods. He was delighted with the way he struck the ball in his round of 5-under 68 Thursday, even if he did send up a cautionary flag because of some putting woes. Well, those putting woes intensified yesterday. Woods missed birdie putts inside of 8 feet on three consecutive holes starting at the par-4 sixth, then missed a 4-footer at the par-4 13th. The low point came at the 18th when he rolled an eagle putt 3 feet long, then missed the comebacker and settled for par. Having used 32 putts Thursday, he took 32 more in his round of 68 -- 136, tied for sixth. So frustrating was the day that when Woods slam-dunked a 20-footer from the front of the green at the par-4 14th, he spread his arms, took off his hat, looked to the sky, took a bow, and laughed. "I'm going home. To hell with it," said Woods, when asked if he was headed to the practice green.

Grain on Kapalua's Bermuda greens strongly influences break and speed -- up-grain putts agonizingly slow, down-grain putts slick with big breaks -- Steve Flesch: "It's like putting up the hair of a labrador's back.", CBS Sportsline (subscription), 7 Jan 2005

Bart Bryant at Kapalua: "I go out, to shoot 69 today is very gratifying. I gave a couple away with three-putts, but there's a serious learning curve on these greens. It's hard to go around out there. Hopefully as the week goes on, I'll figure out the greens more. But having said that, I made some good putts as well.", Maui News, HI, 6 Jan 2005

Callaway to Buy Perfect Putter Patents, Forbes, 6 Jan 2005

Stewart Cink learns to forgive and sink putts -- offers his tips on technique, USA Today, 6 Jan 2005

Vijay Singh still sizzling -- Tiger Woods misses 8 utts inside 18 feet and blames slow, grainy greens, Boston Herald, MA, 6 Jan 2005

Dunlop Redneck Putter - Wilbur model, Golf-Gear-Review.com (press release), PA, 6 Jan 2005

Vijay Singh in familiar spot in Maui -- 29 putts in bogey-free 7-under round for lead, SCOREGolf, Canada, 6 Jan 2005

Adam Scott's swing improving but putting not as sharp, Melbourne Herald Sun, Australia, 6 Jan 2005

Warner Books to Publish Book By Phil Mickelson -- Focus on Masters win, BunkerShot.com, TX, 6 Jan 2004

Tiger Woods says new swing changes might make him better but the margin among top players is narrowing and cuts are getting lower -- an off day now needs to be 69 or better, China Post, Taiwan, 6 Jan 2005

To succeed on tour, players must have all the tools in their bag -- no top guns on Tour are "five-tool" players (Top 50 or better in driving distance driving accuracy, greens in regulation, wedge scrambling, and putts per GIR) but all the top guys are 'four-tool" players, USA Today, 6 Jan 2005

Tiger Woods misses 6 birdie putts inside 8 feet -- Needs better putting and hoping not to go backwards -- "If I average my normal putts per round like the rest of the year, I've got a shot at it," -- 32 putts Tursday and again Friday, Durham Herald Sun, NC, 6 Jan 2005

Accenture Champion of Champons: Top junior Choo Tze Huang's putting his putting right -- "I made 35 putts; how ridiculous!" -- spends 4 hours on his putting after round of 77, Electric New Paper, Singapore, 6 Jan 2005

Tiger Woods vs Vijay Singh -- Stats: both are long, neither is very accurate off the tee, Vijay hits lots of GIRs (3rd) while Tiger is off (47th), and Tiger is ranked at 20 in putts per round with 28.44 while Vijay is at 115 with 29.24, BlackAthlete.net, 6 Jan 2005



Fit for the Future -- Could custom fitting help save the game?, Golf Business Magazine, 5 Jan 2005

Never Comprimise Putters Launched, BunkerShot.com, TX, 5 Jan 2004

Achusnet's Cobra Golf introduces Inner maller putter line, SCOREGolf, Canada, 5 Jan 2005

Rookie Ryan Palmer plays his way into PGA's top earners -- improved from 162nd to 67th in putting and finished 37th on the money list with earnings of $1,592,344, Amarillo Globe News, TX, 2 Jan 2005

European Tour Q-School Graduates -- Andre Cruse is effectively blind in left eye without depth perception and also putts with one hand about half the time, European Tour, UK, 1 Jan 2005