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2005 2nd Quarter - April thru June

Mayo Clinic's Charles Adler: The yips in putting are a neurological problem, not a psychological problem -- Arizona Republic, AZ, 30 Jun 2005
 
True Stroke Putter may prove to be a stroke of genius for commercvial painter and inventor Larry Davis -- has center of gravity centered in putter head directly below hosel to keep the swing on the pendulum line, IdahoStatesman.com, ID, 30 Jun 2005

David Leadbetter on Michelle Wie's 34 putts Sunday at US Open: Wasn't me -- Michelle Wie, the 15-year-old phenom, was doing just swimmingly at the U.S. Women's Open in Cherry Hills Village, Colo., last week. Wie was tied for the lead after three rounds, sporting scores of 69-73-72. In her first and thirds rounds, Wie needed just 28 putts to get around, an excellent average of 1.56. She had 31 putts in Friday's second round. -- But as the bright lights and headlines swelled around Wie, golf "guru" David Leadbetter suddenly arrived on the scene. Leadbetter showed up at Cherry Hills on Sunday morning and spent time working with Wie on her putting stroke before the young amateur started the final leg of the Open. Once out on the course, Wie performed abysmally on the greens during the final round, missing several close rolls and needing 34 putts to complete her score of 82. She wound up tied for 23rd. -- "I think she'll learn a lot from this," Leadbetter told reporter Dave Shedloski. "You can have the perfect warm-up session, but when you get on the golf course it becomes a different deal." -- Oh. OK. -- Translation: "Wasn't me!", St. Louis Post-Dispatch, MO, 30 Jun 2005

It's hard to get grip on best way to putt -- top pros just can't get a handle on it -- Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh, Jeff Sluman, Bob Tway, many others constantly trying to figure it out, Chicago Tribune, IL, 30 Jun 2005

Smurfit European Open at the K Club: Retief Goosen Rediscovers Golden Touch -- The South African birdied three of his first four holes and then rolled in a 35-foot eagle putt at the 537-yard 18th – his ninth – to be five under par and two clear., Scotsman, UK, 30 Jun 2005

Death of orchestra veteran and lawyer Reg Cope at 90 -- a Bromley solicitor since qualifying in 1938, Cope also became an enthusiastic putter and joined both the Knole Park and Limpsfield golf clubs where he played regularly well into his early 80s, Bromley Times, UK, 30 Jun 2005

Western Open: Stephen Ames thrilled to be back -- key to last year's win was play on greens -- 3rd in birdies per round (4.5) and 7th in putts per round (27.5), Gary Post Tribune, IN, 30 Jun 2005

Greater Sarasota Junior Golf Association: Mom's advice "Don't leave it short, don't leave it short" pays off with course-record 63 for Genn Mendez -- sets women's course record, GSJGA record with 10 birdies -- recent practice hitting to tee placed behind the hole -- could have been a 59 -- hurried on last hole to avoid lightening and 3-putted for bogey, missed a few makeable birdie putts and birdied only 1 of the par 5s -- recent North Point grad says: "It was crazy. I was in some kind of zone.", Sarasota Herald-Tribune, FL, 30 Jun 2005

West Virginia Open: Long-hitting Drew Whitten fires 69 with only 26 putts for share of lead, Bluefield Daily Telegraph, WV, 30 Jun 2005

Washington State GA Women's Am title to Renee Skidmore -- University of Idaho golfer from Everett defeats University of Washington's Sung Ea Lee -- "The momentum just kept building for me," Skidmore said. "My putter was definitely on. I felt like I could make every single putt I looked at on the front nine.", Seattle Post Intelligencer, WA, 30 Jun 2005

Synthetic golf greens the way to go, Cape Business News, South Africa, 30 Jun 2005

Conservative Texas Governor Rick Perry's off-camera remark to reporter "Adios, Mofo" spurs T-shirt sales -- Dallas golf putter designer Travis Fussell cashing in on gaff, Bloomberg, 30 Jun 2005

Never Compromise Speed Control Gray 2 Putter, Golf Gear Review, 30 Jun 2005

World Golf Village Putting Championship July 9-24, The Wire, 29 Jun 2005

Nickent pipe putter, AZ Central.com, AZ, 30 Jun 2005

Conservative play, putting cost Tiger Woods and Annika Sorenstam in slam bids, San Jose Mercury News, CA, 29 jun 2005

Justin Leonard/Deloitte Junior Team Championship at the par-71 Northwood Club -- 14-year-olds Cody Gribble and Patrick Reed set record with team 62 -- When Cody Gribble learned to walk, he also learned the game of golf. Since he was 2, Gribble has been walking the greens and putting the ball -- Gribble sank a 45-foot putt on 17th in setting tournament record, Dallas Morning News, TX, 29 Jun 2005

Michigan Open at Grand Traverse Resort: Michael Harris takes six-stroke lead into final round -- fires 7-under 65 -- "Some days you hit it great and you don't putt that well, some days you putt it well and you hit it left and right. I've hit it well and I'm putting well," Harris said., MLive.com, MI, 29 Jun 2005

Tiger Woods hopes to bring putter in line at Western Open -- With his driver under control Tiger Woods will attempt to bring his putter in line this week at the Western Open in Lemont, Illinois, his traditional British Open tuneup. Woods has spent much of his time over the last two weeks working on his putting which badly let him down at Pinehurst No. 2, Reuters, 29 Jun 2005

CVS Charity Classic: Dana and Brett Quigley give it a shot -- good putting by Brett earns duo tie for second -- "The only difference today, I feel like I had confidence with my putter," Brett said. "I had been struggling for the last three months. Today it felt good . . . If I have confidence, it just goes in.", Providence Journal, RI, 29 Jun 2005

CVS Charity Classic: Bill and Jay Haas prevail over Craig and Kevin Stadler -- Bill adds a number of key birdie putts to the effort, Providence Journal, RI, 29 Jun 2005

CVS Charity Classic: Chris DiMarco repeats as champ with Fred Funk as teammate -- top putting team Frick-and-Fracks way to two-stroke win over teams of Brad Faxon and Sergio Garcia and Dana and Brett Quigley -- short but straight drives, approaches closer than the others, and true putts take the cake, Providence Journal, RI, 29 Jun 2005

Treetops Resort: Andy North wins the Par-3 Shootout over Gary McCord, Fred Couples and Phil Mickelson -- The two-time U.S. Open champion earned $350,000 to win the Par-3 Shootout on the Threetops Course that concluded Tuesday. North won $212,268 in 1985, his most lucrative year on tour. -- He won the title with a 17-foot birdie putt on the 205-yard third hole worth $220,000 (11 skins). He then made a two-putt par on the 141-yard fourth hole. North won the final $60,000 when he drained a 35-foot putt on the first playoff hole -- the 147-yard first. "I've never made a putt like that for $60,000,'' North said., PGA.com, 29 Jun 2005

New Putterbabies Golf Product Launched -- revolutionizes way putters are stored in golf bag, Prudent Press Agency (press release), Netherlands, 29 Jun 2005

Britain's Kenneth Ferrie clinched the 14th and final British Open spot available from the European leg of international qualifying after a five-way playoff at Sunningdale Golf Club Tuesday. -- The 26-year-old Englishman holed a 25-foot birdie putt at the first extra hole to earn his third Open appearance at the expense of compatriots David Geall and Tom Whitehouse, Sweden's Henrik Stenson and Frenchman Jean-Francois Lucquin. -- "This feels really good," Ferrie told Reuters. "When it comes down to five guys fighting for just one spot, you need a bit of luck -- a long putt or something like that. I played the two rounds yesterday really well and must have had eight or nine putts from the same sort of distance. Not all of them went in, a few lipped out, but I've been reading the pace of these greens very well." -- The unfortunate Stenson, bidding to qualify for his second British Open, missed his birdie attempt from just six feet., Metro Toronto, Canada, 28 Jun 2005

Steve Hill rode a hot putter to victory in the boys 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Group of the Flint Junior Golf Association on Monday. -- "Today, my putts were just falling," he said. "I'm not sure why, but it seemed like I couldn't miss. I had a long putt at 11, about 40 feet, and I was just trying to putt it up there and get close so I could two-putt for my par and it went in.", Flint Journal, MI, 28 Jun 2005

Pinehurst No. 2 greens stimped 11 1/2 during Open, Akron Beacon Journal, OH, 28 Jun 2005

Yorkshire Inter-Union League Action: With Halifax, Huddersfield's Richard Broadley (Union champ) only 5 feet away and 1-up with 3 to play to Sheffield's Martin Haddock at 45 feet, Haddock holed out but Broadley missed -- pair halved remaining holes -- Sheffield just too strong, icHuddersfield.com, UK, 28 Jun 2005

SAM Puttlab partners Padraig Harrington and Jean-Francois Remesy enjoy same-week wins -- Barclays Classic and French Open, Science and Motion, Germany, 27 Jun 2005
 
Padraig Harrington rallies to win Barclays Classic over Jim Furyk by a stroke -- Furyk misses a 4-footer on 17th to fall into a tie, then Harrington curls in big-breaking a 65-foot eagle putt on final hole for the win -- "To hole a putt like that on the final hole is very special. Very special," Harrington said. "I hit that putt pure. I was just trying to two-putt. Trying to get it down there close. If you'd offered me 3-4 feet, I probably would have taken it.", Kansas.com, KS, 27 Jun 2005
 

US Women's Open: The breakthrough of Michelle Wie didn't happen. It didn't come close to happening. Her putter had all the finesse of a hammer Sunday, dropping the 15- year-old from the co-leader's spot and into a pool of 23rd-place finishers., San Francisco Chronicle, CA, 27 Jun 2005

Padraig Harrington's 65-foot eagle putt on the final hole to win the Westchester Classic by a stroke -- one for the ages, The Journal News.com, NY, 27 un 2005

Michelob Ultra 2-Man Scramble: Long/Walker tame greens with record win -- Rob Long and Jeff Walker kept their drives in the short grass, and knocked down nearly every putt they stood over, shooting a final-round 13-under par en route to tying the Michelob Ultra 2-Man scramble record with a 25-under, 59-58—117. -- Long and Walker had their sites on the bottom of the cup with a relentless barrage of birdie putts, and a 25-foot eagle putt early in the day on No. 5. "That's what these things (scrambles) are all about, and of course when you got Rob Long reading the putts for you, all you've got to do is listen and they go in," Walker said., Clarksville Leaf Chronicle, TN, 27 Jun 2005

Sergio Garcia up to old tricks at Westchester -- defending champ putts terribly -- "This week was a tough week the way the course was playing," Garcia said. "I felt like I played great. I putted so badly. It's a shame. I would have loved to do better here.", The Journal News.com, NY, 27 Jun 2005

Michelle Wie fails to wow anyone on this day -- at 4-over after four holes (the score that eventually won), Wie misses consecutive 3-footers and then drops off the radar scope to finish with an 82, Cincinnati.com, OH, 27 Jun 2005

Mark McNulty learned to play golf in Zimbabwe, where the greens were made from sand mixed with engine oil and they needed to be raked of footprints. That helped the reigning Champions Tour rookie of the year develop one of the best putting touches on the 50-and-over circuit. -- So when McNulty lined up a 14-foot birdie putt yesterday on the second playoff hole of the Bank of America Championship, he was confident. -- "When you smell something, when a great player smells something, when Tiger or Phil smells a win ... you want to make the putt so much that you're going to make it," McNulty said after earning $240,000 for his first victory of the year. "I never thought about missing it." McNulty made his putt and Tom Purtzer missed from a little bit closer to lose., Newsday, NY, 27 Jun 2005

Putter fails Tom Purtzer -- Misses 8-footer for the win on first hole of playoff -- loses on second playoff hole when Mark McNulty sinks a 20-footer and Purtzer misses from 15 feet -- Earlier putts missed: He 3-putted No. 10, missed a 4-footer for birdie on 11 and another 4-footer for birdie on 16 that would have put him on easy street. -- "Every week, I don't make the putts when I need to. They're not hard putts. (They're) short putts. I guess I'm getting old.", Boston Herald, MA, 27 Jun 2005

Nationwide Tour: Greg Kraft easily wins by two, but Joe Daley got it going with second 5-under to tie for fourth -- "It was fun to get it going," Daley said. "I read a lot of putts properly today. I had the speed down better.", Scranton Times, PA, 27 Jun 2005

Lorie Kane has best final round at 2-under 69 -- 40-foot putt for par on No. 9 kept her going, Rocky Mountain News, CO, 27 Jun 2005

Putt-putt golf lifts spirits of sick kids, Orlando Sentinel, FL, 27 Jun 2005

Hooters Tour: Nick Flanagan tries for wire-to-wire win but falters at final flag -- three-putts final hole to lose by one, Greenville Daily Reflector, NC, 27 Jun 2005

Annika Sorenstam's bid for Grand Slam falters in third major with 23rd place finish -- 30.5 putts per round average not good enough -- also has bad driving and iron-play week, Houston Chronicle, TX, 27 Jun 2005

Futures Tour: Christina Baena holds off teenager for Futures title -- Baena, sister of LPGA Tour player Marisa Baena, rolled in a 25-foot birdie putt at the last hole of regulation to hold off Julieta Granada and win by a single stroke. "That putt was huge," said Baena. -- Granada turned pro this week, Fall River Herald News, MA, 27 Jun 2005

Australasian Tour Mizuno Open: Aussie Chris Campbell has booked his spot in next month's British Open after defeating New Zealander David Smail and local Tadahiro Takayama in a playoff in the Mizuno Open in Okayama, Japan. -- Smail and Takayama both three-putt to lose playoff to Campbell's par, sportal.com.au, Australia, 27 Jun 2005

Asian Tour Brunei Open: Terry Pilkadaris romps to five-stroke victory -- earns the honeymoon money -- horshoe lipout spurs him to birfie binge -- Jarrod lyle finishes strong with 15-footer for birdie on last hole for second place -- Malaysia's Danny Chia makes a run and cans a 25-footer on final hole to take fifth, Bangkok Post, Thailand, 27 Jun 2005

Brad Faxon expedites his comeback -- having a terrible year but in the hunt at Westchester -- More than a year ago, Faxon suffered a freak injury to his knee while working out with an exercise ball. Having foregone surgery, he was slow to recover. Then there were swing changes, along with a revolving door of teachers. Not far behind, there was a crisis in confidence. "It's probably a long story," Faxon said. "But I've messed around a little bit too much with my swing." -- "I've played pretty good golf over the years by being a great chipper and putter. For some reason, I think that I can change that and become a great ball-striker and a great chipper and putter, and I've gotten worse in all three departments.", The Journal News.com, NY, 26 Jun 2005

Padraig Harrington ties Jim Furyk at the top at Barclays -- Furyk: "The greens definitely firmed up, got baked out. They were almost turning white at the end. Everywhere you stepped you could kind of see your footmarks, not because they were soft but because they were stressed out pretty well.", St. Petersburg Times, FL, 26 Jun 2005

Nationwide Tour Northeast Pennsylvania Classic: Greg Kraft cruising to NE Pennsylvania Classic title -- 3-under 68 gives him 7 stroke lead after three rounds -- missed four birdie putts inside 12 feet on back nine, Fall River Herald News, MA, 25 Jun 2005

Champions Tour: Weak putts counter Andy Bean long game -- Bean, who is ranked 54th on the Champions Tour in putting, and 68th in putts per round, would love to have his blade heat up for today's final round. -- "I really didn't putt that well until the last four or five holes. Then I made two putts. Tom (Purtzer) almost fell over when I made one over about 8 feet,'' Bean said with a laugh. ``It's tough watching guys make putts, when you're knocking it in there 6 and 8 feet, and I'm lipping them out. But I'd like it in the same place (for the final round), because I can shoot 60 if I do that.'', Boston Herald, MA, 26 Jun 2005

Asian Tour Brunei Open: Terry Pilkadaris romps to five-stroke victory -- earns the honeymoon money -- horseshoe lipout spurs him to birdie binge -- Jarrod Lyle finishes strong with 15-footer for birdie on last hole for second place -- Malaysia's Danny Chia makes a run and cans a 25-footer on final hole to take fifth, Bangkok Post, Thailand, 27 Jun 2005

French Open: Argentina's Eduardo Romero (at age 50) captures lead with flawless course-record 9-under 62 -- misses 61 in Friday's round when a 40-foot putt lipped out on the final hole to deny him a European career-best -- Complete change in fortunes for the Argentine veteran who had missed five cuts in six starts this year. -- Romero put the reason for such a dramatic change down to yoga and his ability to cope with high humidity in Versailles after losing six kilos in weight. "I didn't do yoga for three or four months but I came back to it three weeks ago and it has made a big difference mentally," he said., Malaysia Star, Malaysia, 26 Jun 2005

Michael Campbell: Yo-yo man apt name for Cambo -- not too fond of practicing, Maori culture thought to underlie inconsistency -- feel player who sometimes gets lazy and forgets to pay attention -- "What that part of my character has given me is flair for golf. I have good intuition, I think. I go on instinct when I read a putt. My first look, my gut feeling, is always the one I go with. I know where to aim even when I am marking the ball. You can't learn that. The Spaniards are like that, too.", Scotsman, UK, 26 Jun 2005

Annika Sorenstam suffers 3-putt and 4-putt before recovering to 73 -- 5 strokes back headed into final round, AZ Central.com, AZ, 25 Jun 2005

Eagle earns Jim Furyk Barclays Classic lead -- Sergio Garcia putting poorly again -- "I just couldn't make any putts," Garcia said. "It's just a matter of rolling a couple of putts in and getting some confidence." -- Corey Pavin on Thursday 4-putts no. 10 from 4 feet but birdies from 3 1/2 feet Friday en route to field-lowest round of 64, KFMB, CA, 25 Jun 2005

Chuck Jabaley came within three inches of breaking the course record at the Cleveland Golf and Country Club on Saturday. -- Jabaley missed a three-inch birdie putt on No. 18, but still tied the course record with a 9-under 63 and took the first-round lead in the Cleveland Invitational. -- leads by 6 in 2-round event, The Chattanoogan, TN, 25 Jun 2005

Open shut tight for Kanata's Ashley Bickerton -- just misses qualifier for Canadian Women's Open next month in Halifax but gunning for LPGA while at University of Washington -- working with Joe Thiel -- "I'm getting a new putter, something more suitable," said Bickerton. "I didn't make anything. I've been using a centre-shafted putter for a few years and it's been good to me, but it's time for a change.", SLAM! Sports, Canada, 25 Jun 2005

Chile's Nicole Perrot takes the lead as Sorenstam stumbles -- Sorenstam took 35 putts on greens that got more bumpy as the round wore on, but the most stunning part of her round - not to mention her run through the majors - came on the par 5s. The longest and straighter driver on the LPGA Tour, she has yet to make birdie on the par 5s at Cherry Hills. Worse yet, she now has gone 21 consecutive par 5s without a birdie, dating to the first one she played two weeks ago in the LPGA Championship, which she won by three shots., SunHerald.com, MS, 25 Jun 2005

Mini-golfers putt to benefit SPCA, Portsmouth Herald News, NH, 25 Jun 2005

Sorenstam took 35 putts on greens that got more bumpy as the round wore on, but the most stunning part of her round -- not to mention her run through the majors -- came on the par 5s. The LPGA Tour's longest and straightest driver, she has yet to make birdie on the par 5s at Cherry Hills, Chicago Sun-Times, IL, 25 Jun 2005

Leonard Thompson fires 66 for lead -- Thompson sank a 35-foot putt on the ninth hole to improve to 2-under, but he three-putted on the par-5 10th hole for a bogey that dropped him to minus 1. He got the stroke back with a three-footer on No. 11, then sank four putts of around 20 feet to birdie Nos. 14, 15, 16 and 18 for his low round of the year., Amarillo.com, TX, 25 Jun 2005

After only one day of the Bank of Ann Arbor Futures Classic, Kim Moore has a long way to climb -- born without a right foot, Moore has a prosthetic and is two-time National Amputee Golfer champ -- Moore wasn't supposed to have a chance at golf. Instead, she found temporary relief from the heat in the Lake Forest clubhouse, then lamented three-putting on five holes. "I'll putt better (today),'' she said. "I guarantee that.'', Ann Arbor News, MI, 25 Jun 2005

Len Mattiace appears to be regaining game after skiing injury to both knees at Vail in December 2003 -- missed 12 cuts in 17 tries so far this year -- shot 65 to tie for third and make cut at Westchester -- "I hit it better than I have, and I putted really well. I made the putts to make the birdies." -- But Mattiace's game atrophied after the skiing accident. He made just 12 of 25 cuts in 2004, and his scoring average of 72.03 ranked 173rd. His greens-in-regulation percentage of 59.1 placed him 192nd. -- "I lost a lot of speed and strength," Mattiace said. "I didn't do anything for four months. I couldn't, as far as golf, so I lost a lot. I think if you just look at it stat-wise, my short game has been as good as anybody's the last five to seven years," said Mattiace, whose putting average of 1.792 was 137th on the tour last year. "But ball-striking — and it's unfortunate to say that — that's what's kept me from being more consistent. More fairways, more greens. It's kind of as simple as that.", The Journal News.com, NY, 25 Jun 2005

Jim Furyk survives poor putts, throat clearing spectator -- After blowing easy birdie putts on Nos. 5 and 6, Furyk was scuffling on the par-4 seventh, where, on each of his swings, an anonymous spectator kept "clearing his throat."As I marked my ball, I heard again the same cough, real loud," Furyk explained. "I don't know who it was ... I asked (out loud) if they were done clearing their throat. If it was intentional, I wanted them to stop, and if it wasn't intentional, I wanted them to stop. I didn't care either way, just give me a little bit of peace and quiet." He got it long enough to roll in a 10-foot putt with a three-foot break. Furyk called it the key putt of the day. In golf terms, it was a good bogey. -- eagles next hole from fairway from 153 yards, New York Daily News, NY, 25 Jun 2005

Coral Springs' Nicole Hage left Cherry Hills shaking her head, unable to find the brakes on the lightning-fast greens. ''It's speed,'' she said after a second consecutive 79. ``I just could not get the speed out there. I've been out here practicing since Saturday, but those [practice] greens are a lot slower than the ones on the course.'' Hage needed 36 putts to complete her round Friday, dragged down by a quartet of three-putts. That offset a decent ball-striking round in which she hit 10 of 14 fairways and 11 greens in regulation. ''Even in college golf you don't see greens this speed, even at nationals,'' she said. Hage, an Auburn sophomore, was fifth at last month's NCAAs. Next time, she said, she's going to see if she can find a practice site with hard greens -- not easy in South Florida's rainy season., Miami Herald, FL, 25 Jun 2005

Doug Barron snapped his Titleist Scotty Cameron putter over his knee after four-putting the eighth hole yesterday. -- That was good news for Tom Fitzgerald. Barron handed the head half of the club to the 10-year-old from Cranford, N.J. "He told me to regrip it," Fitzgerald said. -- Barron, who started on the back nine, birdied his final hole, putting with a wedge., Times Herald-Record, NY, 25 Jun 2005

Wunderkind Paula Creamer queasy on wild day: Gulped down some Gatorade and got sick, but luckily no putts outside 10 feet -- fires 2-under 69 and sits 3 back, South Florida Sun, FL, 25 Jun 2005

Chasing third major: Annika Sorenstam starts slowly -- misses 4 short putts over front nine, but steadies and ends first round within two of lead, Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier, IA, 24 Jun 2005

Chasing third major: Annika Sorenstam sinks a string of important putts coming home to salvage first-round par 2 shots back, Las Vegas Review-Journal, NV, 24 Jun 2005

Barclays Classic: Peter Jacobsen 4-putts en route to 76, New Albany Tribune, IN, 24 Jun 2005

French Open: Jean Van de Velde keeps lead as first round is completed -- Briton Raymond Russell misses 2-footer on final hole for tie, Reuters.uk, UK, 24 Jun 2005

Putter calms Annika Sorenstam's jitters, Cleveland Plain Dealer, OH, 24 Jun 2005

Champions Iron Man Dana Quigley striking while he's hot -- Quigley credited his improved play to a new, custom-made Adams driver and a new putter from Guerin Rife identical to the one used by Jim Thorpe. Quigley said he admired Thorpe's putter after watching him make birdie after birdie during a match in April. Thorpe offered to have one made for Quigley and delivered it in time for the next Tour event, the FedEx Kinko's Classic in Austin, Texas, where Quigley finished runner-up to Thorpe. ''I've been driving the ball and the last six weeks I've moved up the driving charts, not only in accuracy but also distance, so the driver's been good," he said. ''But, as you know, you have to drive it and you have to putt it, and those are the two new clubs that I have in my bag and they've been just phenomenal." -- "When you're putting well and you're playing well, you get very confident.", Boston Globe, MA, 24 Jun 2005

Dana Quigley on the money -- new Guerin Rife two-bar putter helps him lead Champions Tour putting at 1.73 putts per GIR -- "I made a couple of equipment changes that I had direct positive results from,'' Quigley said. ``Jim Thorpe had a putter made for me in Orlando the week before the first of the six weeks. Jim Barfield made this putter called the Two-Bar. I've used that the last six weeks and that's probably as much the reason for my success as anything else.", Boston Herald, MA, 24 Jun 2005

Lynrock Memorial features return of top putter in all of college golf -- Trey Deal led all collegians in putts per GIR (1.683) and in total putts (26.42) -- 2-man team of Deal and Dustin Hussey to defend title, Eden Daily News, NC, 24 Jun 2005

Nervous three-putt on final hole cost Young-A Yang lead in Open -- UT grad doubles 18th hole but still ties for 2nd in first-round play, Knoxville News Sentinel, TN, 24 Jun 2005

Wheels come off on back nine for Karrie Webb -- three-putts on 10th and 13th holes and six dropped shots, Seven.com.au, Australia, 24 Jun 2005

Dana Quigley credits putter from friend Jim Thorpe with his rise to top of Champions Tour money list -- Quigley won the season-opening MasterCard Championship in January and finished second the next week at Turtle Bay. But things really picked up at the end of April, when his friend Jim Thorpe gave him a double-bladed putter to try. "The day I picked it up, I started making putts,'' Quigley said. "I really feel that is as much to blame for my success as anything.'' He finished second at the FedEx Kinko's Classic on May 1, followed by a seventh place and a fifth before he came in second in a playoff at the Senior PGA. He tied for fourth at the Allianz Championship, and then two weeks ago beat Tom Watson and Gil Morgan in a playoff at the Bayer Advantage Classic., MSNBC, 24 Jun 2005

The Goose lays an omelet -- Retief Goosen putts poorly on Sunday with 36 putts, including 9 lip-outs, GolfDigest.com, 24 Jun 2005

ShotLink Statoid: Jim Furyk makes 26.6 percent of the putts he attempts from 20-25 feet away, The Journal News.com, NY, 23 Jun 2005

Natalie Gulbis ready to win -- wields a hot Hammy. That's the brand name of the putter Gulbis switched to this season. At 36 inches, it's 2 inches longer that her previous models, and she's using a split grip - she abandoned her cross-handed left-hand low style that resulted in too many blocked putts from inside of 10 feet - and now keeps her hands about 3 inches apart. -- "It took my hands out of the putting stroke," she said. "It's been really good for me this year," as her ninth-place standing in number of putts per green hit in regulation confirms., Sacramento Bee, CA, 23 Jun 2005

Kathy Whitworth set winning standard with 88 Tour titles -- more than anyone else male or female -- passed Mickey Wright's 82 and Sam Snead's 84 titles -- won all her events with same 1961 putter -- "My putter got older than most of these players; that's why I decided to quit.", Boulder Daily Camera, CO, 22 Jun 2005

For Tiger Woods, 2 Putts, a Trophy That Got Away -- missed 8-footer on 16th and 3-putt on 17th missing a 6-footer, Orlando Sentinel, FL, 21 Jun 2005

Putters prove priceless at 33rd Redding Pro-Am, Record-Searchlight, CA, 21 Jun 2005

A Gore-y end for 54-hole co-leader Jason Gore -- shoots 84, 4-putts 72nd hole, LimaOhio.com, OH, 21 Jun 2005

Retief Goosen: "It's just one of those rounds," he said. "I haven't putted this badly in a long time. We all have bad rounds. It's unfortunate it happened in this tournament.", Whittier Daily News, CA, 21 Jun 2005

Vijay Singh still can't putt -- Tiger Woods no longer best clutch putter -- only player with more putts in the Open was Singh, Augusta Chronicle, GA, 21 Jun 2005

Ben Hogan Tour Deep, Golf-Gear-Review.com (press release), PA, 21 Jun 2005

Tiger Woods' swing changes kicking in, but putting has fallen off -- "Look how beautifully I hit it all week," said Woods. "I really controlled my flight well. I drove the ball better. "The quality shots have gotten better, and that's exciting. "We changed a few things after Augusta, trying to fine tune that, because of what I was struggling with through Augusta. "And I've taken some nice giant strides, and that's exciting. "I just wish I could have brought my putter with it." If not for a disobedient putter, Woods would probably have added a 10th major championship to his trophy case and be halfway to the ever elusive calendar grand slam on Monday morning. His swing overhaul all but complete, he was the best of the 83 players at reaching greens in regulation at Pinehurst but was third last in the putting charts., 7news, Australia, 21 Jun 2005

Putting woes derail Tiger Woods -- "Unfortunately, it didn't work out for me," Woods said. "I didn't feel comfortable with my putter all week. It was frustrating because I could never get the speed right. I just didn't putt well," Woods said. "I played well today, but I just didn't putt well. I couldn't get the feel of the pace of the greens.", Coos Bay World, OR, 21 Jun 2005

Tiger Woods: "If you look at my last tournament, Memorial, I putted beautifully. I just could not get the speed right. And if you can't get the speed right, you can't get the line right. If you look at all my putts, short, long, short, long, and if you're doing that, then you start trying to fiddlefart around and try to find you're trying to force putt in the hole. And that's not how you make putts, you roll the ball. And I could not seem like I could hit the ball in the high line, hit the high spots and let it feed into the hole. If you're not able to do that, then you start hitting lower lines, trying to force it in the hole, and you can't do that, not on greens like this.", Cybergolf.com, 21 Jun 2005

Retief Goosen: "I couldn't make a putt to save my life and that was pretty much the end of the story." -- "I misread a lot of putts. If I didn't misread it, I had the wrong pace. I think after number 9 when I missed that putt, misread it by five inches, I sort of felt like this doesn't look like it's going to happen. But yeah, it was just one of those rounds. I haven't putted this badly for a long time.", noticias.info (press release), Spain, 21 Jun 2005

Putting plagues Vijay Singh in final round -- he was last in putting among the 83 players who made the cut, averaging 32.25 per round; that's 129 total. Winner Michael Campbell needed only 113 putts and beat Singh by six shots. "I played well. Just again, the putts kind of let me down," Singh said. "It was a very tough day.", noticias.info (press release), Spain, 21 Jun 2005

Pinehurst's No. 17 ends Tiger Woods' comeback -- again -- His 128 putts placed him second-last among the 83 players who made the cut. It's an open-and-shut case on what cost him the title., noticias.info (press release), Spain, 21 Jun 2005

Phil Mickelson gets more course than he bargained for -- marathon sessions with coaches Rick Smith and Dave Pelz brought out the preview bravado -- second-round 77 his worst performance in a major -- hit just eight of 15 fairways, eight of 18 greens and didn't make even one putt longer than 8 feet, Leesville Daily Leader, LA, 21 Jun 2005

Retief Goosen loses chance at third Open title -- Sunday 81 ties worst finish by a leader in Open history -- His putter gave him particular trouble. Goosen finished with 36 putts and hit just seven of 14 fairways, seven of 18 greens, Kansas City Star, MO, 21 Jun 2005

Tiger Woods' late charge putters out -- Woods ended up with 28 putts, eight less than a day earlier. But the putter cost him dearly when it most mattered, just as it had the entire week., Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, IN, 20 Jun 2005

Ron Whitten, Donald Ross wouldn't recognize Pinehurst greens -- Examination of Tufts Archives reveals that decades of topdressing altered shapes by adding a foot to the middle, causing greens to slope off at sides in a turtleback form, Golf Digest, June 2005

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Grinding Tiger Woods can't keep pace with hot Retief Goosen -- "I had 36 putts today and most of my putts I was defensive because they're uphill and then going straight away from me. If you hit it three feet past, it's off the green." Woods, who was three shots back when the day began, put himself in a quick hole when he bogeyed the first and third holes, air-mailing the first green and missing a 31/2 footer that would have saved par on No. 3. -- "If you putt well, yeah, you can shoot a good score, but boy, you have to really try to position your golf ball somehow," he said. "I probably had two looks at birdies that I thought were realistic chances and I made one of the two. Other than that, I'm just lagging most of the putts.", Contra Costa Times, CA, 19 Jun 2005

Tiger Woods leads the field in greens in regulation, at 78 percent. He's dead last in putting, at 1.85 per green. Those statistics are linked, sure, because players who miss greens typically need fewer putts. Even so, Woods trails leader Retief Goosen by six shots mostly because he can't get birdie putts to fall., San Francisco Chronicle, CA, 19 Jun 2005

Retief Goosen punctuates third round with a 25-foot birdie putt from off the green -- leader by 3 headed into final round and third-round leader has won last six Opens -- no heartbeat and a great short game, Goosen just goes about his business as the most underrated player in the game, The Spokesman Review, WA, 19 Jun 2005

For Vijay Singh, putting is the weakest part of his game, but it makes the most difference in his success of failure, The Journal News.com, NY, 19 Jun 2005

The PGA Tour life cycle: Tom Lehman -- lost his putting circa 1998 -- Once the type of putter who relied mostly on solid technique, he said he found himself trying to emulate the likes of Brad Faxon and Ben Crenshaw and instead rely more on feel. The result was Lehman had lost confidence. Perhaps to another player, his performance over the ensuing years wouldn't have seemed so bad. Compared to where he had been, though, it was frustrating. After finishing atop the money list in '96, Lehman never again cracked the top 10. In 2002, when he switched to a long putter, he finished a career low 74th. "It wasn't me," he said of his putting crisis. "And then I tried to go back to what I was doing before, but I was caught in the middle. And you can't do that out here. You end up lost.", The Journal News.com, NY, 19 Jun 2005

Tiger Woods caged by a balky putter, News & Observer, NC, 19 Jun 2005

Paula Creamer, finally out of high school, leads Lorena Ochoa at Rochester by 2 after 5-under 67 -- offsets 3-putt on 2nd hole with a chip-in plus birdie putts of 30, 4, 12, 4, 5, and 15 feet, The Ledger, FL, 19 Jun 2004

Lorena Ochoa 2 back of Paula Creamer -- lips out from 4 feet and 3-putts from 20-feet, Cincinnati Enquirer, OH, 19 Jun 2005

Rules on the Green: Ball marked but not picked up is still in play, SunHerald.com, MS, 19 Jun 2005

Tiger Woods in frustration with poor putt deliberately scrapes the green with his putter in a long ugly line -- USGA guys give him a pass, New York Newsday, NY, 19 Jun 2005

Mike Weir struggling on the greens -- Weir had 31 putts on the wicked Pinehurst greens, leading to a lengthy post-round practice session, London Free Press, Canada, 19 Jun 2005

Remembering Delewareans in the US Open: Dave Douglas and Porky Oliver -- In 1952, Oliver sank a 50-foot putt on the 72nd hole to tie Ben Hogan for 2nd, 4 strkes behind julius Boros, The News Journal, DE., 19 Jun 2005

No sand traps on this course, just greens -- Pierson GC is one of 3 Iowa courses with sand greens, Sioux City Journal, IA, 19 Jun 2005

Tiger Woods hurt by poor putting -- one of his poorest putting rounds ever in a major Saturday with 36 putts -- last in the field for total putts, Press-Enterprise, CA, 19 Jun 2005

Key business tools: Woods, irons, putter -- Hilary Bruggen teaches Clark Construction how to golf for business, Newark Star Ledger, NJ, 19 Jun 2005

Naionwide Tour: With some help, Will MacKenzie in contention -- putting poorly all year, he sees a psychologist for an hour and has him tell him he's a good putter -- seems to have helped this week so far -- tied for 8th after putting well during the week -- "I actually putted it well today," MacKenzie said. "I putted it well every day (this week), which is a major change. I've putted it poorly this year. You cannot get anything going in the right direction if you don't roll the ball. If you're not rolling it, you don't have a chance, especially on the PGA Tour and out here as well." -- 74, 69, 68 rounds so far, Knoxville News Sentinel, TN, 19 Jun 2005

Things not going right for Lefty -- Here's what happens when you have 33 putts on the green and a half-dozen bogeys on the first nine holes -- eight overall -- in the second round of the U.S. Open: They pair you with John Daly, at 11:20 a.m. on Saturday., Durham Herald Sun, NC, 19 Jun 2005

Adam Scott's putting kills his momentum -- needed 34 putts, and went directly to the putting green after his round., Seven.com.au, Australia, 19 Jun 2005

Lee Westwood at the US Open: "You can't take chances out there," Westwood said. "You just have to play conservative golf and try and hole a few 25-footers and not miss in the wrong spot. And, when you miss the greens, get it up-and-down. The only way to shoot 67 out there is to have 22 putts probably.", New Bern Sun Journal, NC, 19 Jun 2005

Mike Weir's putting still off -- ‘‘I just didn't putt very good,'' said Weir, who spent nearly two hours at the practice range after his round. "You've to make putts from 10 feet for par around here, and when I did have those putts, I didn't make them.", St. John's Telegram, Canada, 19 Jun 2005

US open best putting thru Saturday: Bernhard Langer has taken just 81 putts, two fewer than three other players, San Jose Mercury News, CA, 18 Jun 2005

Long putt on the final hole enables medalist to thwart defending champion -- Maggie Balch saved her best for last. An all-but-miraculous putt on the 18th green - a 50-footer that crept across one plateau, slid down a steep 10-inch slope and crossed another plateau before stopping 21ŕ2 feet from the hole - enabled Balch to hang a 1-up defeat on two-time defending champion Boodie McGurn in yesterday's Richmond Women's Golf Association title match at Hanover Country Club. -- "I knew I would be in good shape if I could two-putt" the par-4 18th, Balch said. "But to be honest, I wasn't thinking about two-putting. I really thought I had a chance to make it. Actually, I thought I might need to make it.", Richmond Times Dispatch, VA, 18 Jun 2005

Phil Mickelson still plagued with short-putt problems -- looked more like his old sad-sack self, slumped shoulders, that `why-me' grin, after missing no fewer than three putts of 5 feet or less en route to a 77, his worst U.S. Open score since 1994, WFMY News 2, NC, 18 Jun 2005

Butch Harmon Tour: Travis Whisman Wins Back To Back With Pinfire Golf Eagle Putter, The Wire, 17 Jun 2005

Wearing ordinary sunglasses on the course? Don't look down your nose at ESD -- Eye-Plane Shift Distortion causes misperceptions due to looking thru curvature at lower half of lens, The Wire, 17 Jun 2005

New putter helps Becky Morgan to a 64 in Rochester -- nine birdies and one bogey, including one putt from 40 feet, Fort Worth Star Telegram, TX, 17 Jun 2005

Retief Goosen is one stroke off the lead at Pinehurst -- shoots 68 with great ballstriking -- only missed two greens -- but took 32 putts -- watch out if he gets the putts dropping!, Covers, Canada, 17 Jun 2005

US Open: Ian Poulter fuming over two putting cups / liners that were not seated the required minimum 1 inch below the ground -- ball hit the top edge and popped out, costing him a stroke -- rams the flag in afterwards to correct the situation, Daily Mail, UK, 17 Jun 2005

US Open: Vijay Singh disappointed in putting -- "I couldn't get the speed of the greens,'' he said. "It seemed like they were much slower than what we played the last two days.'', Chicago Sun-Times, IL, 17 un 2005

David Toms satisfied after shooting opening-round 70 -- missed only one fairway, hit 12 GIRs, but didn't get many putts to fall -- "It was tough to keep the ball in play, and I did that, but I just didn't make any putts," Toms said. "I played really solid golf, and just didn't get a whole lot out of it.", Asbury Park Press, NJ, 17 Jun 2005

Tiger Woods satisfied with par on 1st day -- "Granted, I didn't drive it as well as I wanted to. I didn't hit my irons as precisely as I needed to, either," Woods said. "I felt like I didn't make a lot of putts. But I just kept hanging in there, just kept grinding.", Cincinnati Enquirer, OH, 17 Jun 2005

Retief Goosen quietly trailing by a stroke -- "The course was probably softer Thursday than it was in the practice rounds. I think USGA officials were a little bit scared about what's been said with the course, that it's going to get too hard.", Arkansas Democrat Gazette, AR, 17 Jun 2005

Olin Browne: 11 fairways, 14 GIRs, 29 putts for 3-under 67 with 5 birdies and 2 bogeys -- Rocco Mediate: only 27 putts in 67 round -- recent switch to conentional-length putter after using long putter since 1991 -- "Worked very well for me today. Maybe one of the best putting rounds I ever had today.", Arkansas Democrat Gazette, AR, 17 Jun 2005

Afternoon sun turns greens into pool tables -- green getting harder and faster as the day wears on, San Francisco Chronicle, CA, 1 Jun 2005

Putting keeps KJ Choi under par in 1st round -- only 25 putts in round of 69 -- Putting was the key to keeping him on contention. While showing mediocre stats of 57 percent of fairway accuracy and 39 percent of greens in regulation percentage, Choi had 25 overall putts, averaging only 1.39 per hole., Korea Times, South Korea, 17 Jun 2005

Stewart Cink: 295 holes in a row without a three-putt and still going, Longview Daily News, WA, 17 Jun 2005

Jay Haas' woes in '05 continue with an opening-round 12-over round of 82 -- "It was pretty ugly. I didn't hit many fairways, which meant I didn't hit many greens. And I did not make any putts." -- work with Stan Utley on putting helped in 2003 and 2004, but not helping this year -- "Maybe I'm wasting my time out here. But who knows? Golf comes and goes. Hopefully, it will come back soon.", News & Observer, NC, 17 Jun 2005

Stacy Hollis: "She could putt the eyes out of the ball.", Rocky Mountain News, CO, 17 Jun 2005

Chris DiMarco in hunt after first day, 4 shots back -- disaster of poor ballstriking avoided with stellar putting -- only 7 fairways, only 7 GIRs, but also only 24 putts -- "(DiMarco) putted great," said his caddie, Pat O'Bryan of Fort Myers. "We didn't hit our first fairway until the 18th hole (DiMarco's ninth). The front nine he shot 3-over, and we could have easily shot 41, 42.", Florida Today, FL, 17 Jun 2005

NBC hopes "greens grids" bring out US Open color -- animation shows how balls roll after they land on the green, USA Today, 17 Jun 2005

Rocco Mediate's diet, improved back, swing work with Jimmy Ballard, and switch back to convenntional putter paying off -- Mediate put together a four-birdie, one-bogey round yesterday that included nine one-putts, with four par-saving putts of four feet or more on Pinehurst No. 2's treacherous greens. He switched to a regular-sized Bettinardi putter just two weeks ago, discarding the long putter that he had used since 1991. "My back is good enough now, and I wanted to get two hands on it again," he said. "It's working well.", Winston-Salem Journal, NC, 17 Jun 2005

Pinehurst greens softer than expected for opening round -- Luke Donald: "The greens were soft," he said. "A few times they even surprised me when I saw a ball spin back a little bit. You never see that much at a U.S. Open." -- Former Duke golfer Joe Ogilvie, who opened with a 9-over 79, said the greens were some of the slowest he has seen on tour this year. "There's not one putt I had -- and I had a lot of downhill putts and uphill putts -- and there's not one putt I had that I was nervous on," he said. "When you're in a major championship and you have a downhill 3-footer, usually you have the fear of God. There was none of that. You've actually got to hit the ball hard to get it there.", Durham Herald Sun, NC, 17 Jun 2005

Adam Scott looks to improve putting -- found only 4 fairways in opening-round 70 -- 31 putts -- "I missed a lot of putts on the back nine. I just couldn't get the speed and the line together. I'd like to play another three rounds just like today and if I make some putts, I like my chances.", sportal.com.au, Australia, 17 Jun 2005

Comparing Tiger Woods (70) and Retief Goosen (2-under 68) in opening round: Goosen hit 80% of the fairways, Woods 43%; Goosen hit 89% of the greens in regulation, Woods 66%. The American was better only on the greens, taking 30 putts to Goosen's 32., The Observer, UK, 17 Jun 2005

Bayer Advantage Classic: Once again, Dana Quigley gets better of Tom Watson in his hometown -- Watson leaves winning putt hanging on the lip then Quigley drains an 11-footer in playoff to win -- lost by a putt on 18th also in 2000 -- "It was a familiar scene," Watson said. "He made the putt again. He's 2-for-2 against me. I've got to do something about that boy.", Cleveland Plain Dealer, OH, 14 Jun 2005

Sergio Garcia works on his putts -- uses Adam Scott tip about making the putt in his mind, New York Daily News, NY, 14 Jun 2005

Sergio Garcia looking to make major step forward -- putted well winning Booz Allen after mental tip from Adam Scott -- A putting tip earlier in the week from second-placed Adam Scott proved the key, Garcia taking only 24 in his closing 65. -- "Sometimes you don't even have to stroke it well, you just make it with your mind. It definitely helped and it's something I'm going to keep working on and hopefully I can keep getting better and better," he added.. "For the past three years it's been my downside. The week where I putt more or less okay and I have a chance of winning or I win, but some weeks it feels like I can't make putts.", ic CheshireOnline, UK, 14 Jun 2005

Pinehurts caddies know the greens, News & Observer, NC, 14 Jun 2005

Three fantastic putts on last three holes -- Payne Stewart's 1999 US Open win at Pinehurst -- He won it with the putter, needing only three putts total in the last three holes and 24 for the round. Mickelson required 29. -- Johnny Miller: "You just don't make three putts like that on the last three holes of a major championship." -- "You guys watched it," Stewart said in the media center. "I putted my little derriere off today.", San Diego Union Tribune, CA, 14 Jun 2005

Putt-Putt: Only serious should apply, Charlotte Observer, NC, 14 Jun 2005

Another hometown heartache -- Tom Watson's putt to win stopped one-billionth of an inch short and just wouldn't drop -- Dan Quigley wins in a playoff, Kansas City Star, MO, 14 Jun 2005

Morgan Pressel frets over putting, but earns 3rd Open spot -- In an 11-hole stretch in her second round, which she finished 5 under with a 67, Pressel missed 10 birdie putts and showed her frustration. Then one long putt on the fifth helped her finish with three birdies in the last five holes. --"I finally made a 30-foot putt, after I missed so many 10-foot putts," Pressel said., Sun-Sentinel.com, FL, 14 Jun 2005

Luke Donald uses mental tricks to stay on top of his game -- Donald credits the work he does with Chicago-based "mental coach" Jim Fannin with helping him keep things together. "I feel like I've improved a lot there," Donald said. "You have to sell yourself on positive thoughts. If miss a putt, I tell myself I'm a great putter. It tricks your subconscious. Sometimes I forget and get angry with myself. It's easier said than done.", Fort Worth Star Telegram, TX, 14 Jun 2005

A different course -- USGA setup fiascos included 1998 US Open at Olympic Club, where Payne Stewart 3-putted from 8 feet when his first uphill putt rolled back 30 feet -- USGAs Tom Meeks to retire -- Nick price in May asked to scout Pinehurst course and make setup suggestions, Palm Beach Post, FL, 14 Jun 2005

'Upside Down' Greens Provide Biggest US Open Challenge, NBC 17.com, NC, 13 Jun 2005

What is the advantage of the center-shafted putters vs. heel-shafted putters?, GolfDigest.com, 13 Jun 2005

Think you know what "feel" is? Listen up -- you haven't heard the first thing about it, GolfDigest.com, 13 Jun 2005

NC Amateur: Jerry Richardson wins over Mike Goodes -- rising junior at NCSU wins by one with final 72 -- Goodes misses 12-footer to tie -- Richardson on 1989 champ: "Goodes was such a grinder and a great putter. I played a practice round with him and got a lot of pointers just from watching the way he played the game. He's really good.", College Sports, NY, 13 Jun 2005

2005 U.S. Open -- Long Story Short: Who'll prevail at Pinehurst No. 2 this time around? Think bombers with solid, creative short games, GolfDigest.com, 13 Jun 2005

Michelle Wie: 15 year old finishes runner-up in LPGA major despite missing numerous putts inside 15 feet -- dominates Bulle Rock's par 5s, Biloxi Sun Herald, MS, 13 Jun 2005

Tom Kite is sunk by his putter at Congressional Club -- He needed three putts to close out No. 3, then he three-putted No. 10 as well -- for two of his five bogeys -- on his way to 31 putts for the round., Washington Post, DC, 12 Jun 2005

Knox County Amateur: Long putt ends Ryan Henry's long wait for victory -- four-time bridesmaid cans 18th-hole 25-footer for the win -- "I've finished second four times .. standing there looking at the putt, I thought 'It's got to be your turn.'", Knoxville News Sentinel, TN, 12 Jun 2005

Chad Campbell's hard work on putting starting to pay off -- Campbell took 27 putts over his third round, three fewer than in the second round and six fewer than in his opening round. -- "I've been working hard on my putting, and it's nice to see it paying off, especially going into a major," Campbell said. "I thought I played good the last few weeks. I've been struggling putting. Like I said, it's nice to see the ball go in the hole and hit it where I am looking." -- Poor putting doomed many of Campbell's rounds this season. He ranks 75th on the PGA Tour in putting average and 168th in putts per round at 29.9. Those numbers seemed irrelevant yesterday, as Campbell had nine one-putt greens, including two in a row to begin his round., Washington Post, DC, 12 Jun 2005

As Vijay Singh has remarked: "To win a US Open you have to play half-decent, but you have to putt like God." -- Last year Retief Goosen played half-decent, one-putted 33 times and needed just 11 putts for his final nine holes., Telegraph, UK, 12 Jun 2005

Laura Davies 3-jacks 3 times and misses inside 5 feet at LPGA Championship -- Natalie Gulbis misses birdies three times inside 6 feet over last 5 holes, Fort Worth Star Telegram, TX, 11 Jun 2005

Keith Clearwater needs to solve his putting problems -- past work with Stan Utley on putting not paying off, Salt Lake Tribune, UT, 11 Jun 2005

Robert Allenby takes lead at Booz Allen Classic -- plays with allergic reaction in the hands that hampers his putting, but he sticks it close and doesn't need to putt -- made nothing longer than 10 feet and still shot 65, Boonville Daily News, MO, 11 Jun 2005

Michelle Wie's round full of missed chances -- all her birdie putts turned to par putts, Delmarva Daily Times, MD, 11 Jun 2005

RW Eaks' 65 ties Gil Morgan for lead -- caps 65 round with a 65-foot putt for eagle, Augusta Chronicle, GA, 11 Jun 2005

Dana Quigley -- drinking, gambling, cigars, golf -- the addict now under control who can putt, Kansas City Star, MO, 11 Jun 2005

A mild man behind the brutal US Open courses -- Tom Meeks has made some big mistakes setting up US Open courses since 1996, but players consider him the tough professor who gives hard tests, DetNews.com, MI, 11 Jun 2005

'Upside down' greens provide biggest US Open challenge at Pinehurst, Charlotte Observer, NC, 11 Jun 2005

Bob Dunn, It is time to become best friends with your putter -- some tips, Vail Daily News, CO, 11 Jun 2005

Brad Faxon slowly digging out of slump -- knee injury and wrong-track swing changes with Jim Hardy hurting overall game, but numbers gradually improving, Knoxville News Sentinel, TN, 10 Jun 2005

Tracy Stewart's timely putting tip transformed Payne Stewart's putting at 1999 US Open, USATODAY.com, 10 Jun 2005

Tips: Conquer fear by practicing pressure, Minneapolis Star Tribune, MN, 9 Jun 2005

Crozier's Corner: Before your tee time -- pre-round putting, Idaho State Journal, ID, 9 Jun 2005

Pepperdine's Michael Putnam 3-putts third playoff hole to lose NCAA Championship to Washington's James Lepp, CollegeSports.com, NY, 9 Jun 2005

Chris DiMarco leads Tour in putting and so is a contender for Open, Florida Today, FL, 9 Jun 2005

NJ State Golf Association Amateur Championship at Montclair CC: Mark McGowan emerges as the best -- Playing partner Michael Tash: "I knew I needed to get under par to have a chance, but I putted so poorly," said Tash, 43. "My putter cost me seven or eight shots alone in the last 18 holes. And he was unbelievable around the greens. He had several chances to give this tournament away and he didn't. He was the most solid player in the field around the greens. I've never seen anyone make as many putts in an amateur event than he did.", Cherry Hill Courier Post, NJ, 9 Jun 2005

Long-ball hitter Victor Schwarmkrug finally switching to putting practice -- "There is no relevance to driving distance and low scores. Golf is about chipping and putting, and making putts. I've always known it. I've heard it since I was 12: Drive for show and putt for dough.", Chicago Daily Southtown, IL, 9 Jun 2005

'Poa' cursing courses, AZ Central.com, AZ, 9 Jun 2005

Nylon gives fake greens real feel, IdahoStatesman.com, ID, 9 Jun 2005

Stewart Cink's no 3-putt streak now at 259 holes, Los Angeles Times, CA, 9 Jun 2005

Putting from off the green, Times Picayune, LA, 9 Jun 2005

Ladies British Amateur Championship: Lucy Gould swings into British matchplay stages -- The 18-year-old former Welsh girls' champion from Bargoed posted a second-round 74 for a 146 total - just one stroke behind Sweden's defending champion Louise Stahle. -- "I actually played better today than yesterday but in the first round I took just 23 putts - and that really made the difference.", ic Wales, UK, 9 Jun 2005

Sergio Garcia hits 72 percent of his greens in regulation but is still only 168th in putting -- "I've had days where I felt like I putted pretty nicely and then days where I didn't putt it too well. It's just a matter of hard work and keep believing in myself.", TSN.ca, Canada, 9 Jun 2005

What players are saying about the 2005 US Open -- Tiger Woods: "At Pinehurst, you can putt off the green 50 yards and not feel like you hit a bad putt.", Reuters.uk, UK, 9 Jun 2005

Poor putting by Fred Couples leads to 1-stroke loss to Bart Bryant at Memorial -- "Bart deserved to win," Couples said after missing two putts inside 10 feet over the final four holes. "I can't really kick myself too hard. There are a lot of shots out there and there are a lot of things I did to save shots, too. But overall, I just needed one more putt.", Canada.com, Canada, 8 Jun 2005

Annika Sorenstam ready for run at LPGA Championship: "I couldn't have asked for a better preparation than winning last week. I putted very well at ShopRite and I feel ready.", Scotsman, UK, 8 Jun 2005

Tiger Woods has an Open mind -- On his Memorial play: "I hit it good off the tees all week and controlled my irons well. I just didn't putt well early in the week. I putted better on theweekend, but it was too late.", Ventura County Star, CA, 8 Jun 2005

LPGA Championship: Bulle Rock no walk in the park -- 18th green has lots of humps, Delmarva Daily Times, MD, 8 Jun 2005

US Open Qualifier: Tom Pernice finally holes a 20-foot putt at the right time -- edges Chad Wilfong for a US Open spot by 1 stroke, Kansas City Star, MO, 8 Jun 2005

Untimely 3-putt by David Toms that dropped him out of contention -- heckling and clapping by jerk fan results in rude gesture, but officials take no action, Shreveport Times, LA, 8 Jun 2005

Weir Watch -- third missed cut in a row: "I'm driving it well but the rest of my game is poor. If you can't make a putt, you try to force your irons close and it can get away from you.", London Free Press, Canada, 8 Jun 2005

US Open Qualifying: Kyle Kovacs had it in hand until he 4-putted the 18th green, Los Angeles Daily News, CA, 8 Jun 2005

US Open Qualifying: Donald Trump to Lee Rinker: "You're fired!" -- Rinker takes it to the course and medals with only two bogeys -- both 3-putt greens, St. Petersburg Times, FL, 8 Jun 2005

Singh missed a half-dozen putts inside 12 feet, took another double bogey on the 17th and followed his 77 with a 74 to miss the cut for the second time this year., South Bend Tribune, IN, 4 Jun 2005

Paula Creamer's putting off -- missing at least six birdie opportunities, The Argus, CA, 4 Jun 2005

Backyard putting is a real ball, The Desert Sun, CA, 4 Jun 2005

Title hunt over for UNLV's golf team -- poor putting plauges Ryan Moore -- Moore lamented his struggles with the putter in the first two rounds. He worked on it after a 73 Thursday and said it was one of the keys to his improvement Friday. -- "Much, much better," Moore said of his putting stroke. "I rolled it very well today. I felt comfortable. If I had this stroke the first couple of days -- and, obviously, I didn't have it -- it would be a different tournament right now." , Las Vegas Review-Journal, NV, 4 Jun 2005

Tiger Woods hot on Jeff Sluman's heels -- Sluman: "I hit a tremendous amount of good putts that didn't go in, but I think everybody does that here, as good as the greens are.", Dayton Daily News, OH, 4 Jun 2005

Backyard greens, London Free Press, Canada, 4 Jun 2005

Curv Convex Putters To Add Accessories To It's Online Store, Money Plans, India, 4 Jun 2005

Best Way to Putt on the Tour: Use the Style That Works -- Tiger Woods on trying the saw and the claw grips: "My stroke is so much worse with those grips," Woods said. "I better hope I don't ever have the yips.", New York Times, NY, 4 Jun 2005

NCAA Men's Div I Championship: UNLV struggling but hopeful -- Team leader Ryan Moore laments poor putting: As putt after maddening putt refused to go in the hole Thursday, though, Moore began wearing the frustration of the best part of his game disappearing in his final college tournament. His shoulders slumped and his head tilted down, Moore bogeyed five and birdied none of his first 13 holes, and appeared to live the disgust of his three-putt and even four-putt holes throughout the day. "The way I putted (Thursday) was just pitiful," Moore said., Las Vegas Sun, NV, 3 Jun 2005

NCAA Men's Div I Championship: BYU sits in 6th after first day at NCAA tourney -- Oscar Alvarez leads team with a 3-under 67: "I didn't really hit the ball all that well today, but just like at regionals, my putter was working well for me," Alvarez said. "When you're putting well, the rest of your game comes along.", CollegeSports.com, NY, 3 Jun 2005

NCAA Men's Div I Championship: Shaky putting plagues Rebels -- "The course is just playing so hard," Rebels coach Dwaine Knight said. "I know our putting just hasn't been up to the test." That problem began with senior Ryan Moore, normally one of the best putters in golf, and extended throughout the Rebels lineup. Moore, the reigning champion, shot 3-over 73 for his second round over par. He had three three-putt greens and one four-putt., Las Vegas Review-Journal, NV, 3 Jun 2005

Carl Petterson's putting has plunged from last year's 4th in putting average to this year's 119th -- missing lots of cuts due to poor puttng -- worked with NCSU coach Richard Sykes but no cure in sight -- Petterson: "It's just maybe low confidence. I'm just not holing the putts." -- Sykes: "He's a streak player. He can get it going anytime," Sykes said. "Keep playing, and there's more of a chance you'll catch lightning in a bottle. You can't get it staying home.", News & Observer, NC, 3 Jun 2005

Ashok Kumar fires bogey-free 5-under 67 with 17 GIRs and 31 putts to take lead by one at halfway point over Shiv Kapur -- Shiv Kapur who had a three-stroke lead, failed to repeat his opening round performance, failing miserably with his putter., Zee News, India, 3 Jun 2005

DA Weibring tries to move past questions -- extensive review of final tap-in to see whether movement after grounding putter called for a 1-shot penalty laid to rest -- no penalty warranted and in any event he won by two shots, Covers, Canada, 3 Jun 2005

DA Weibring satisfied final putt was legal -- ball moved while Weibring in mid-stroke -- 2-shot penalty for failing to return the ball to its original place considered that would have forced a playoff -- Rules official concludes that even though Weibring tapped the ground before making his stroke, this did not amount to "grounding" the club, Des Moines Register, IA, 3 Jun 2005

Putting-improved Jeff Sluman claws way into Memorial lead -- just 24 putts in 7-under 65 round with newly adopted "paintbrush" grip -- "We'll call it a Sherwin-Williams, how's that?" he said. "It should be called a Desperation Stroke. You know, you've just got to find a way to get the ball in the hole.", Orlando Sentinel, FL, 3 Jun 2005

Franklin native Frank Lickliter down on his luck -- opening 77 -- "I hit the ball well, ... I thought I was putting well today, too. I had four or five different putts that lipped out that I thought should've gone in today. That's just the way it's been for me.", Middletown Journal, OH, 2 Jun 2005

Guerin Rife putter does it for Dana Quigley: Now the Champions Tour money leader, Dana Quigley reassesses his goals -- Quigley comes in after losing a playoff to Mike Reid in the Senior PGA Championship on Sunday. Before that, he had finishes of second, seventh and fifth -- a run that started after Jim Thorpe gave Quigley a new putter. It was a two-bar putter made by Guerin Rife and Quigley has been using it ever since. "I've had four unbelievable weeks with that putter,'' Quigley said. "And it's all about putting when it gets down to it.'', PGA.com, 2 Jun 2004

Ian Woosnam: "I call my putter the 'black devil'! It starts twitching as soon as I get it in my hand. I tweak one to the left and the next one I block to the right. "I can count on one hand how many I've holed in five weeks - one 25-footer and one 15-footer in that time. You don't win golf tournaments putting like that and I need some confidence.", ic Wales, UK, 2 Jun 2005

Home putting greens offer hours of fun The Olympian, WA, 2 Jun 2005

Justin Leonard blows huge lead and staggers over finishing line with 3-over 73 to survive charge by David Toms by one stroke -- Leonard guts out a nervy three-footer on final hole to avoid a playoff: "Winning ugly," said Leonard, who led from start to finish. "I didn't think he [Toms] would get that close. I just didn't make the putts when I needed to, but I'm glad I made that last one." -- Toms: "The last couple of days were good, the first couple I couldn't make putts," said Toms. "It just took me a couple of days to get use to this new, re-designed golf course.", Scotsman, UK, 31 May 2005

Titleist Scotty Scotty Cameron Red X Golf-Gear-Review.com (press release), PA, 31 May 2005

Taylor Made Rossa Daytona 1 CGB Golf-Gear-Review.com (press release), PA, 31 May 2005

Pinehurst No. 2 'heals' for US Open -- light application of fertilizer to help greens grow during Open week -- greens to be cut to 1/8th inch and 11.5 Stimp beginning with practice round -- if weather is too hot and dry, greens can get baked and make approach shots difficult to hold -- USGA mindful of need to avoid Shinnecock 7 disaster, Sebastian Sun, FL, 31 May 2005

Final round proves disastrous for Arjun Atwal -- 6-over 76 dropped him far out of top 10 to T52nd -- only 5 GIRs, no birdies, 4 bogeys and a double bogey, and 30 putts, Zee News, India, 31 May 2005

Red-hot Pat Moore gives peaking Sun Devils golfers shot at NCAA title -- top team player has new attitude since recent win at Stanford -- Moore attributes his turnaround to his putting, which improved after he made a change in his routine and borrowed an old Ping putter from teammate Alejandro Canizares. -- "All year, I felt like I had played well, but my putting wasn't there," Moore said. "I finished sixth in our home tournament even though I didn't putt well at all. I made the changes right after that and won the next week at Stanford.", Arizona Republic, AZ, 31 May 2005

Jerry Pate's lay-up on 18th costs him the win -- poor third shot with wedge leads to three-putt when a two-putt would win -- missed final 3-footer for win wide right, Indiana Gazette, PA, 31 May 2005

Jerry Pate discusses difficulties at Senior PGA Championship: "Well, I played pretty much the way I thought you might play. I should have made a couple more putts. But other than that, I played well. I hit the ball well, I played well. I missed a little old short birdie putt well heck, I had two three putts and then missed the short birdie putt on 14 from about three feet. Then the putt on 18 was really the second 3 putt. 3 putted 10 and 18, so. And still shot 70. So I'm not disappointed with that in a Major championship. I just got to get a little bit more confidence with my putter.", Cybergolf National, 31 May 2005

Switzerland's Damian Ulrich leads Amateur Qualifying at Royal Birkdale with opening 67 -- 8 birdies with only 24 putts, The Herald, UK, 30 May 2005

Memorial preview selections -- Chad Campbell: he may not have had a top ten for three months but have patience with this guy because it is his putting that is the only thing missing from his game. He is close to leading the ball striking categories on tour and from tee to green his game is as good as anyone. However the putter is cold at the moment but if that changes then look for the Texan to challenge., Casino Times, LV, 30 May 2005

Germantown native Steven Seagal attempts a 20-foot putt for $20,000 charity to St Jude's -- never played ANY golf before in his life -- works on putting with instructor Rob Akins -- hit the putt, the ball went in, and then it went back out, Knoxville News Sentinel, TN, 29 May 2005

Kenny Perry: "I could putt last year. I don't know why, but I suddenly could make those five- and six-footers that keep the round going. That's what got my stroke average under 70 for the first time -- the stat that matters most. I'd have a day when I wouldn't miss a putt from 10 feet in. I'd think, Wow. Whatever the stats said, for once I just believed I was going to make the putts.", GolfDigest.com, 21 May 2005

Vision woes not hampering Kenny Perry -- An eye exam on Monday at the Cooper Clinic in Dallas confirmed what Kenny Perry had suspected for the past few weeks. Despite Lasik surgeries in 1998 and 1999, his vision had deteriorated so badly that putting surfaces had been reduced to a fuzzy ocean of green. -- "They told me I couldn't pass the Texas driver's license test," Perry said earlier this week. -- Fortunately for the 44-year-old veteran, he knows Colonial like the back of his putting glove. On a still, sun-baked afternoon that saw temperatures spike into the 90s, Perry scorched the historic course for Friday's best round, a bogey-free 63, to take a three-stroke lead into the weekend. The 2003 tournament champion, forced to rely on his caddie's advice on putts, is at 12-under 128 through three rounds, an event record. -- "This is my 16th year playing the tournament," said Perry, who hasn't finished lower than 11th in his past three visits to Colonial. "I know the greens. I don't have to see that well.", San Antonio Express, TX, 21 May 2005 2005

Green Bay native Nick Gilliam can't sink putts, so he misses Hooters cut -- "I just needed to make a few putts. I think I just missed a few early in the week and didn't feel very comfortable. They just didn't go in. I felt like I hit a lot of good putts that didn't go in.", Green Bay Press Gazette, WI, 21 May 2005

Bayou Watch: David Toms claws into 12th -- grinds out a 66 in bid to regain form -- 26 putts -- Hal Sutton not so good -- 73 with 33 putts, Shreveport Times, LA, 21 May 2005

Philippine Open at Mt Malayarat Golf and CC, 2nd round: Boonchu Ruangkit takes lead with 5-birdie, 2-bogey round of 71 to follow opening 68 -- leads Andrew Buckle by 1 -- Bonchu: "After yesterday's round, I've learned to play conservatively on the greens, as you cannot charge the putts. The greens are undulating and quick, and the scores reflect this.", iseekgolf.com, Australia, 21 May 2005

Padraig Harrington at 33 is overdue to win a major -- came closest in 2002 at Muirfield but his putting let him down and he missed a playoff believing he needed birdie on the last hole and trying too hard and making bogey, Telegraph.co.uk, UK, 21 May 2005

Superintendent Paul Jet: An Insider's Guide To Playing Pinehurst No. 2, WRAL.com, NC, 21 May 2001

Men's NCAA Diviaion II Championship: USC Aiken Pacers18 Holes from Back-to-Back NCAA Titles -- Aiken native junior Dane Burkhardt holds individual lead by 3 shots in bid to become first Pacer to medal in Championship -- uses only 23 putts in his second round of 3-under 68, CollegeSports.com, MY, 21 May 2005

Teenage amateur Shinobu Moromizato, already being touted as the next Ai Miyazato, lived up to her billing Friday by shooting a sizzling 9-under 63 in the first round of the Chukyo TV Bridgestone Ladies in Toyota, Aichi Prefecture. -- The 18-year-old Moromizato, who graduated from Okayama Sanyo High School this spring, reeled in 11 birdies, including four straight, against two bogeys at the par-72, 6,399-yard Chukyo Golf Club to take a two-shot lead over fellow Okinawa native Miyazato. -- Miyazato shot her usual 65 -- "Today I just focused on sinking my putts and poured my spirit into each and every stroke. I had some lucky birdies," said Moromizato, who was paired with Miyazato., Daily Yomiuri, Japan, 21 May 2005

Women's NCAA Division I Championship: UCLA Bruins losing ground to Duke Blue Devils -- 9 back headed to final round -- Most of the Bruins fell victim to the same mistakes that have been plaguing them all tournament long, getting off to another slow start on Thursday and missing multiple putts of under three feet., CollegeSports.com, NY, 20 May 2005

Hooters Tour Fox Hills Lakeshore Classic: Green Bay native Nick Gilliam has a tough day in terrible weather with opeming 77 -- "What's the saying? Some days are diamonds, and some days are stones," Gilliam said after his round. "Today was a turd. It was just cold and windy and it rained a lot, so it was a tough day." -- Gilliam hit 12 of 18 greens in regulation but battled a balky putter. He missed legitimate birdie chances on the final four holes. He shot 40 on the front nine, including a three-putt bogey at the par-4 third and consecutive bogeys at Nos. 6, 7 and 8. -- "I missed four putts inside of 5 feet," said Gilliam, who is still looking for his first win on the Hooters Tour since turning pro in 2001, Green Bay Press-Gazette Sports, 20 May 2005

Women's NCAA Division I Championship: Duke takes lead over Auburn in women's golf -- sophomore Anna Grzbien fires tournament-best 65 -- "I started off with a three-putt and bogeyed the first hole, but then I got settled," Grzebien said. "I was able to leave myself flat putts. Even though some of them were a little longer, I could at least see the breaks.", Kentucky.com, KY, 20 May 2005

Olympic Conference Tournament at Ramblewood: Washington Township HS senior Billy Pappas finds game at right time for first scholastic win -- team's number 3 players puts it all together to take top honors by three strokes over Seneca HS freshman Andrew Schmehl -- "I needed to get back to even. I started making putts and started hitting my driver well, too," said Pappas, who started on No. 7 Red. "It's surprising. I've been struggling recently. I've been having putting trouble and been wild with my driver. "It just happened. I don't know, but it feels awesome." -- Washington Township coach Peggy Anton said, "He's a good ball striker and can work the ball. His weakest point is that he's had trouble putting." Putting was not a problem Wednesday. "I made putts," he said. -- freshman Schmehl serving notice after winning once this year -- "I did better than I expected," said Schmehl, who will join his Seneca teammates in Monday's Tournament of Champions at Burlington Country Club. "I putted my brains out and I hit my driver real well. It was long today. "My putting is going to have to be on for me Monday.", Cherry Hill Courier Post, NJ, 20 May 2005

Patrick Sheehan seizes Colonial lead with career-best 8-under 62 -- drives and approaches not very accurate but only 20 putts -- Sheehan had just two birdie putts of less than 10 feet, and just 20 putts total. His 11 birdies came from an average of 23 feet. -- "I didn't leave a thing out there today. I got everything out of that I possibly could have, and more," said Sheehan, a third-year tour player who has never won. "I didn't hit it great. I didn't drive it great. It was just weird how everything seemed to be going in." -- Kenny Perry having vision problems and relies on caddie to read greens -- no three-putts in opening 65 leaves him 4th, Northwest Herald, IL, 20 May 2005

No-names at it again in Colonial's opening round -- Patrick Sheehan shoots lights-out 8-under 62 with poor driving and approach shots on the strength of his putting and two long chip-ins -- Brian Bateman shoots 64: "I had a little stretch out there where I was struggling with my swing, but my putter bailed me out," said Bateman, Shreveport Times, LA, 20 May 2005 

Local MBA students help fund-raising golfing event -- A St. Ambrose University Master of Business Administration class hopes they can help a Quad-City organization make a hole in one. . Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Quad-Cities is hosting its second annual Putt-A-Round miniature golf fund-raiser that began Thursday and runs through Saturday -- Teams of four compete in an 18-hole course at the Little Mississippi Mini golf Course in Davenport or River Valley course in Rock Island, Quad City Times, IA, 20 May 2005

Women's NCAA Division I Championship: Lady Vols shoot best championship round yet fall 2 spots to tie for 10th at NCAA -- UT coach Judy Pavon: "The team is hitting the ball so well and doing their best, but we just aren't making any putts.", Knoxville News Sentinel, TN, 20 May 2005

Irish Open: Klas Eriksson of Sweden shot a four-under-par round of 68 on Thursday to share the first-round lead with Englishman Nick Dougherty -- Testing conditions at the Colin Montgomerie-designed course at Carton House -- Montgomerie, meanwhile, used his awareness of the course to hole a 45-foot eagle putt at the 18th to card a one-under 71., NDTV.com, India, 20 May 2005

Women's NCAA Division I Championship: Missouri Tigers improve to T-13 -- "We were extremely solid from tee to green today and really struck the ball well," fourth-year head coach Stephanie Cooper said. "We had several opportunities to make birdie but the putts just weren't falling the way we were hoping. However we were still able to put together a really solid round. We'll see how the final round plays out tomorrow but I think we have the ability to make a run into the top 10 if we can knock down some putts.", Mizzou Tigers, 20 May 2005

LPGA Sybase Classic: Christina Kim having fun and in the lead -- 7 birdies in 6-under 65 -- all but two birdie putts inside 8 feet -- Siew-Ai Lim also sticking shots and 1 back with 66 -- Lim had one bogey - a three-putt on the par-5 18th - and six birdies that included a chip-in on the par-3 2nd and four putts of five feet or less., Canada.com, Canada, 20 May 2005

Nationwide Tour Henrico County Open in Richmond: John Morgan, Kevin Durkin, and John Elliott each shoot 64 for lead -- Morgan takes only 25 putts -- 14 other players post 65s, SLAM! Sports, Canada, 20 May 2005

Men's NCAA Division I West Regionals at Stanford: Oscar Alvarez, BYU Cougars lead NCAA West -- Alvarez sets course record with 7-under 63 making 7 birdies and an eagle -- Alvarez lipped a putt out on the last hole to just miss finishing his round with five consecutive birdies. "I had a lot of fun out there," Alvarez said. "I wasn't hitting it all that well, but I probably putted as well as I ever had. When I stepped up to putt, I knew it was going to go in. It's really all about the putting.", BYUCougars.com, 20 May 2005

Trainee professional Nick Teague shoots 13-under 59 at home course Emerald Lakes on the Gold Coast -- starts with a 20-foot par save on first hole and then "all hell broke loose" -- 9 birdies and two eagles including run of 7 consecutive birdies -- When he turned 30 Wednesday, he felt something special was about to happen, iseekgolf, Australia, 20 May 2005

Men's NJCAA Division I Championship: Indians Hills CC Warriors stay second 15 behind Odessa -- 1st day winds of 40 mph; 2nd day winds of 20 mph "just a Kansas breeze" -- IHCC coach Brad Stracke: "If [top 2 players] Brad (Smith) and Andy (Rauscher) could have come in strong, we could have been right there. Andy three-putted seven holes in row and had 40 putts overall," Stracke said. "If he had his normal of 30, were probably within five shots of the team lead.", Ottumwa Courier, IA, 20 May 2005

Nancy Lopez, Reading a long putt: Rolling a 30-footer close to the pin requires a keen eye, Golf For Women Magazine, 19 May 2005

Kenny Perry firing on almost all cylinders at Colonial -- Perry averaged 310 yards a drive to rank fourth in the tournament and hit 72.2 percent of the greens in regulation. But, he averaged 1.8 putts per hole and 29.8 putts per round. , Franklin Favorite, KY, 19 May 2005

Men's NCAA Division I East Regionals: Duke hopes to avenge last year's failure to make 10-team cut to finals -- Ryan Blaum and Nathan Smith leading team's hopes this year -- "Nate has been playing very well," coach Rod Myers said. "He's been putting the ball well, and with his putter going, he can do a lot of damage.", CollegeSports.com, NY, 19 May 2005

Steve Flesch gets no satisfaction with putter -- for Colonial defender, it's never the Indian -- it's always the arrow -- "If it isn't working, it's out," Flesch said. "That's just how I've always been. I figure there's got to be something there that is going to work better or feel better. It's never the player. That's the way I look at it." -- "You've got to weed them out somehow," said Flesch, who is ranked 56th in the world. "It's kind of like a college class. Everybody gets weeded out by test grades and stuff. I just do it by testing them out on the course. If I hit a couple of putts I don't like, it's out." -- Flesch begins this week 81st on the tour money list and 176th in putting. He already has used five different putters in tournaments this year. He remembers using only two putters in 2000, when he finished a career-best 13th on the money list and ranked 20th in putting. "Maybe that's teaching me something," Flesch said. "There is a lesson in there somewhere.", Houston Chronicle, TX, 19 May 2005

NCAA East Regionals at Golf Club of Tennessee: At 5-foot-9, 155 pounds, Richard Scott is the Georgia Bulldogs longball hitter -- placed 3rd in Perry Maxwell longdrive contest -- notched a career-high 2nd last week and is on a roll headed into East Regionals this week -- "Every part of my game was working pretty well at Sea Island, but the key was that I putted really well," he said. "I'm pretty steady with my driver and my irons, but my short game is where I sometimes run into trouble. I've been working really hard on my short game and hopefully I'll make some putts this weekend.", Athens Banner-Herald, GA, 19 May 2005

Local Business Briefs: Putt-Putt LLC in Chapel Hill developing Fun Centers, Winston-Salem Journal, NC, 19 May 2005

An historical nod to Bobby Jones and his history at Sunningdale, where his 66 in the first qualifying round for the 1926 Open was regarded for years as being the consummate round of golf: "The boy' s game was perfect and chaste as a Grecian statue," one correspondent wrote of Jones's round of 33 strokes to the green and 33 putts., TimesOnline.co, UK, 19 May 2005

PGA Tour Rookie DJ Trahan is working on his game -- The only thing missing, other than experience, is that his putter has not caught up to his driver. But it's coming, said Trahan's college coach, Larry Penley., Bradenton Herald, FL, 19 May 2005

Competition drives Chris DiMarco: currently ranked first in putts per GIR (1.688) and 4th in total putts per round (28.07), Fort Worth Star Telegram, TX, 19 May 2005

Greening Up Good at Old Greenwood at Truckee CA -- a new Nicklaus "Jack-sterpiece" -- "The course weathered the winter well and we're in excellent shape," Bob Hickam, director of golf, said as the opening approached. "The fairways, tees and greens are lush and we expect putts to be rolling fast right from the start.", Fairways & Greens, NV, 18 May 2005

History in the Making -- Annika Sorenstam may be having best year ever in golf, male or female -- Vision 54 still there -- short game improving a notch -- had current short game skills been present at Colonial two years ago, she probably would have made the cut, Fairways & Greens, NV, 18 May 2005

Nissan Irish Open at Carton House: Padraig Harrington still battling resurgent neck injury -- testing play around Carton House greens in preparation for Pinehurst US Open, Sportinglife.com, UK, 18 May 2005

Dr Steven Haleo and Julie Cole of Dana Radar Golf School teach visual skills on the green, Charlotte Observer, NC, 18 May 2005

John Klug, Keep head, lower body still to improve putting, Press-Enterprise, CA, 18 May 2005

Talking with ... Byron Nelson: "When I found something that worked, well, I never changed it. I found a putter called a Harry Cooper made by Spalding in 1938, and all the tournaments I won, I used that putter. When I finished playing, I still was using that putter. That putter got broken by (Harold) McSpaden, who was my best friend on the tour. ... When I finished playing, he said, "Byron, I always liked that putter, I never saw another one like it. Could I use it?" I said, "Sure," but I knew he was a man always changing the loft or moving them around, and he promised me he would not do that. I knew the metal was nice and soft because it had a good feel, it was a blade putter. I called him one day and he was kind of sheepish like. I said, "What's the matter?" He said, "I broke that putter." He broke the hosel. That was the only club I ever had in my life that I ever wanted to keep.", DetNews.com, MI, 18 May 2005

Tiger Woods breaks out the stopwatch on the greens -- 18 seconds per putt in consistent routine -- Earl Woods: "It requires trust in your ability and no hesitation," he said. "And it requires the ability to accept the results.", Covers, Canada, 18 May 2005

Jim Thorpe sinks 10-footer on last hole to force playoff in Blue Angels and goes on to prevail over Morris Hatalsky -- Thorpe credits putting tip from Lee Trevino -- "I give Lee credit for it because he didn't have to call me," Thorpe said. "My left shoulder was just too low. Basically, I couldn't rotate the shoulders. I was slapping one right and one left." -- Hatalsky disappointed in his putting -- left winning 12-foot putt in playoff short in the jaws -- "I had ample opportunities out there, and I just wasn't making putts when I needed to," Hatalsky said. "I was playing really good, but I just didn't close the deal. I'm disappointed because I should have finished first." He had a chance to win on the second playoff hole, No. 10, but his 12-foot birdie putt was just short. "I thought I had a line on it," Hatalsky said. "I just hit it too easy.", San Francisco Chronicle, CA, 18 May 2005

South India junior and sub-junior tournament : Battling Ajeetesh Sandhu (15-17 category) opens up two-stroke lead despite rough performance on tricky greens, Deccan Herald, India, 18 May 2005

North Coast Section Tournament of Champions at the Rooster Run Golf Club: De La Salle HS Spartan golfers keep steady in wind -- wind reaching 30-35 mph plagued the golfers and sent scores skyrocketing -- Roberto Galletti finished second with 76: "I've never hit the ball so well and shot a 76," said Galletti, the Spartans' No.1 golfer. "I hit 16 greens, but I had six three-putts. It was just so tough mentally out there. When the wind beats on you for so long, it's tough to concentrate.", The Argus, CA, 18 May 2005

RW Eaks (51) fires 7-under 64 to lead Open qualifiers at Old Overton Club -- Spain Park sophomore Bradley Johnson (16) joins him with 67 -- "This is my first try to qualify for the U.S. Open," he said. "I putted the ball very well and hit every fairway. It was just my day.", Birmingham News, AL, 18 May 2005

Tom Wiegand, Blake Saffler top qualifiers with 70s despite a couple of bad oles each -- Wiegand hit OB and into water, while Saffler had two 3-putts -- Weigand: "I hit two pretty bad golf shots," he said. "I made a couple of bad swings and paid for them. It was a little disappointing after how well I played on the front." -- Saffler: "I didn't give myself a chance on those [two 3-putt bogey] holes because of bad first putts. Other than that, it was solid and consistent," he said., Cleveland Plain Dealer, OH, 18 May 2005

Women's South Carolina Golf Association Senior Championship: Monkey see, monkey do -- Karen Ferree claims Senior crown in playoff by draining a 45-footer -- "I got over that last putt and just said to myself, stroke it just like Billy Palmer," said Ferree, who recently played a practice round with Palmer, one of the area's better senior amateurs. "He was making all kinds of putts, and I just tried to think of that.", Hilton Head Island Packet, SC, 18 May 2005

VersaSport International, exclusive supplier of SofTrak Synthetic Putting Greens, announced that it has constructed a SofTrak green in the backyard of PGA TOUR winner Rich Beem, Lawn & Landscape Magazine, 17 May 2005

Going for broke wins pair $3 million -- mini-tour guys Garth Mulroy and David Ping, backed by two NFL linemen, play the 18th of the final match 1-up and go for the win -- Mulroy blasts a driver over 400 yards to the fringe -- opponents miss from 30 and 8 feet and then concede the remaining short putt to Mulroy and Ping -- winds gusting to 50 mph make putting difficult but help on some drives, Las Vegas Sun, NV, 17 May 2005

Jim Thorpe wins Blue Angels using an Odyssey White Hot two-ball blade putter -- Annika Sorenstam wins her 60th title, also using an Odyssey White Hot 2-ball blade putter, Boursier.com (Communiqués de presse), France, 17 May 2005

British Masters: Thomas Bjorn wins playoff over David Howell and Brian Davis -- Davis struggles with green speed -- Michael Campbell falters in Masters' final round -- starts with 3-shot lead but ends missing 3-way playoff -- "Today was a bit of a downer, it was there for the taking," said the New Zealander. "I tried to hole a few putts and they slipped by. I got frustrated." Campbell said., Wairarapa Times Age, New Zealand, 17 May 2005

Marian's Colin Van Es advances in US Qualifier with 69 one week after his 16th birthday -- only 25 putts on superior South Bend CC greens -- mini-tour players Scott Gardner (67) and Marvin King (69) also advance -- Gardner: "These are probably the best greens I've seen in a long time," he said. "If you miss a putt out here, it's your own fault, unless you're above the hole.", South Bend Tribune, IN, 17 May 2005

Wonderfulbuys.Com joins forces with Jack Hamm to sell XFactor Sports drivers and Dr Feel Good putters online, Market Wire (press release), 17 May 2005

Locals shut out at Open qualifying at CordeValle Golf Club -- future UNLV player Eddie Olson from Aptos misses with a 74 -- "I just couldn't make the putts," Olson said. "On No. 6, those are two of the best shots I hit in a row and I didn't get birdie." Olson figures he left at least eight strokes on the course. "It's a learning experience," said Olson., Santa Cruz Sentinel, VA, 17 May 2005

Hooters Tour player Casey Woods (23) fires career-best, course-record 64 to win US Open qualifier -- missed last week's Hooters Tour cut at Bloomingdale but got it together for qualifier -- "I've been struggling with my ball-striking lately, but in the second round up there (in Bloomingdale) it started to come together," Woods said. "My putting was still pretty bad up there, but today, I hit the ball absolutely perfect. It might've been the best I've hit it my whole life. It could've easily been a 62 or 61, but that's the way golf is. -- had a 3-putt and a lip out and didn't sink much from any real distance, Springfield State Journal Register, IL, 17 May 2005

Carton House hosting the Nissan Irish Open -- The wickedly sloping and swaying greens can be an exasperating experience on this broad-shouldered Colin Montgomerie course, Sunday Life, UK, 17 May 2005

Big Stakes Match Play: Garth Mulroy and David Ping make golf history winning biggest check by outlasting 63 other teams -- Ping and Mulroy closed the final match out when NY opponents Hartmann and Mielke conceded a one-foot birdie put on that final hole. Hartmann had a shot at forcing extra holes but his 45-foot putt stopped inches short. When Mielke's 15-footer also came up short, the two congratulated the winners., The Spectrum, St. George, UT, 17 May 2005

Mike Stone grabs final spot in Open qualifier at Maumee Bay State Park golf course -- takes playoff for 4th and final spot -- in a do-or-die playoff, Stone pulled a four-foot putt on the first hole, missed the green after a drive into high grass at No. 2, then rapped a 50-foot putt on No. 3 that might have rolled off the green had it not hit the hole, jumped up and stopped dead in its tracks. Stone, the head pro at Heather Downs Country Club, made the short par putt that followed to take the last spot. -- "I made a full turn on it," Stone joked. "The ball was probably off the green if it didn't hit the cup. But I'll take it." -- "What I didn't make were any putts. The miss on the first playoff hole was just ugly. I must have hit 15 or 16 greens in regulation, which is pretty good out here, and had some awfully good looks. I could never make any to get any cushion, but I hung in there and it worked out.", Toledo Blade, OH, 17 May 2005

LPGA Sybase qualifier: Pelham HS senior Nannette Hill just misses qualifying with iffy putting -- Hill let several birdie opportunities slip away by missing 10- to 15-footers. "I think she hit the ball great," her father, Bill Hill, said. "A couple missed putts and that's the difference between the pros and the amateurs. She could have shot even-par.", The Journal News.com, NY, 17 May 2005

CIF-Southern Section Central Individual Regional at the Cimmarron Golf Resort in Cathedral City: Arroyo Valley HS golfer Scott Clayton fires the round of a lifetime and sets course record at 61 -- 10-under with 8 birdies and one eagle, no bogeys -- "I shot a 64 once and I thought that was incredible," Scott said. "But never in my wildest dreams did I think I'd shoot a 61. I've turned it on in a big way lately, but my putts still weren't falling. They fell today, though.", Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, CA, 17 May 2005

Jamie Hogan shoots 64 in US Open qualifying at Rockford CC -- Hogan surprised himself by hitting 16 of 18 greens in regulation, counting the fringe. He played so well, his only two bogeys were a pair of three-putts, one of them from four feet on No. 7. "But that's a ridiculously severe sloped green," Hogan said. "You either try to bury it or you try to lag it and make it. I tried to lag it and still had a four-footer coming back up the hill." But Hogan, who started on No. 10, bounced right back with a 40-foot eagle putt on No. 8 and a 15-foot birdie on No. 9 to finish at 7-under par. "I traded that (three-putt) in with an eagle and a birdie," Hogan said. "That was a good balancing act.", Rockford Register Star, IL, 17 May 2005

TaylorMade Introduces Four New Rossa CGB Putters, Golf-Gear-Review.com (press release), PA, 16 May 2005

Jack Nicklaus: All I Know -- If you're not putting well, shorten your stroke and hit the ball more firmly. Gordon Jones [a fellow-competitor] gave me that tip just prior to the 1967 U.S. Open, and it made the angels sing. I won the championship. -- When you get in position to putt, set your head and eyes so you can glance at the hole without swiveling your head. Your eyes are riveted on the ball when you make the stroke and your head must be kept still, but you also want to be target-oriented. -- I putted with my glove on because I didn't want to remove it 18 times a round., GolfDigest.com, 16 May 2005

Vijay Singh faults putting for not winning Byron nelson Championship -- "I played really well, I just missed a lot of putts out there in the middle of the round. If I had done what I did last week, I would be right in there.", Malaysia Star, Malaysia, 16 May 2005

What the Golfing Gods Say about the Colonial: Tom Lehman is a great ball-striker but a consistently poor putter, Casino City Times, MA, 16 May 2005

British Masters: Brian Davis falters in playoff -- "It was a real struggle - the swing was all over the place and I didn't have the speed on my putter all day., ic Wales, UK, 16 May 2005

Falmouth swing teacher Paul Piveronas gets invited by caddie friend to help out Kenny Perry with his swing -- a miniscule adjustment makes the light go off -- still doesn't putt well, Portland Press Herald, ME, 15 May 2005

Craig Stadler uncorks 10-under 60 -- has birdie putt on 18th from 27 1/2 feet but the try stops 6 inches short of a 59, Chicago Daily Southtown, IL, 15 May 2005

Famous Colonial wins: Ben Crenshaw in 1977: The top putter on the PGA Tour displayed his special gift, one-putting 11 times during an opening 65, then capped his week with a back-nine 31 for a one-shot victory over John Schroeder. -- Bruce Lietzke in 1980: Lietzke's opening 63 included an ace at No. 16 and set the stage for a wire-to-wire victory. He sank a 25-foot birdie putt on the final hole for a one-stroke victory over Ben Crenshaw., Fort Worth Star Telegram, TX, 15 May 2005

Sean O'Hair Leads by 1 Stroke at Byron Nelson -- nice putting keeps him strong in 3rd round -- 18-foot birdie, 15-foot birdie, and 15-foot par save putts on the back, In-Forum, ND, 15 May 2005

US Open qualifier at River Landing, Wallace, NC: late-to-tee-time 2-shot penalty drops Bobby Clampett into playoff and he ends up not qualifying -- Jonathan Hill in playoff refuses to putt out due to darkness and prevails the next day, Myrtle Beach Sun News, SC, 15 May 2005

Tennessee State University golf experience colorful one for coach Dr Catana Starks -- teacher started golf team 18 years ago and team recently won the 19th National Minority College Golf Championship with a record team total of 24-under par 840. TSU senior Robert Dinwiddie, who was the OVC Player of the Year as a freshman and senior, won medalist honors over the three rounds with 13-under par. -- ''We wanted to finish on a high note,'' Dinwiddie says. ''It was her last tournament and mine as well.'' -- This season also saw the team have its best finish in the OVC Tournament, coming in fourth. In that tournament Dinwiddie had to play with borrowed clubs after his were lost by an airline just before the tournament. ''It was awkward, the irons were too flat for me and I had never used that kind of putter before, but I used it as a challenge,'' the native of Barnard Castle, England, said. Dinwiddie said he wouldn't change anything if he had it to do over. ''TSU has been nice for me,'' he says. ''I have been exposed to different cultures and met a lot of really nice people.'', The Tennessean, TN, 15 May 2005

If you're trying to figure out why Sergio Garcia lost his 6-shot lead last week, you just need to look at the PGA Tour putting stats. Garcia ranks 165th in putts per round with an average of 29.92 putts. Aaron Baddely leads the way in that stat with 27.93 putts per round., Ottawa Sun, Canada, 15 May 2005

Camilo Villegas stumbles, leads by 1 -- Villegas, who started the day with a three-shot lead, could've run away from the field if not for poor putting. He three-putted twice and missed two birdie opportunities from 4 feet., Arkansas Democrat Gazette, AR, 15 May 2005

Laser-guided putter helps get line right -- Rob Akins teams up with physics guy to develop training aid, commercialappeal.com, TN, 15 May 2005

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Teaching legend Rob Akins -- "Overnight success takes 15 years.", commercialappeal.com, TN, 15 May 2005

NNGA Hooters Tour Indian Lakes Resort Classic over the 6,966-yard Blackhawk Trace golf course in Bloomington, Ill.: Galesville's Ryan Quinn set for best pro finish -- entering final round in 17th place -- Despite finishing with 34 putts, Quinn said he putted well, just coming up short on a couple long putts. "I left a couple putts just a hair short, or they just dropped off one way or the other at the end," Quinn said., LaCrosse Tribune, WI, 15 May 2005

Rollins College women win NCAA Div II golf title -- team leader junior Charlotte Campbell tries for third individual title but putting lets her down -- "It just wasn't meant to be for me this year. I had a chance to win, but toward the end missing so many putts got to my head.", Sun-Sentinel.com, FL, 15 May 2005

Joplin Globe Men's City Championship: Mark Riley on a roll -- The confident feeling began when Mark Riley took his putter out to the Briarbrook Golf and Country Club practice green Saturday morning. Riley drained putt after putt, seeing the correct line and releasing the ball with relative ease. His first two putts in the third round of The Joplin Globe Men's City Championship only fueled the positive momentum. Riley rolled in 20-foot birdie putts on the two opening holes, both par-4s, sending the Joplin Golf Club member onto a Saturday-low round of 4-under-par 68. "Everything just felt right," said Riley, 46. "It was just one of those days. I really felt like I was going to make all of my putts.", Joplin Globe, MO, 15 May 2005

C. Yardley Chittwick, patent attorney since the dawn of time -- Next Saturday, the 104-year-old Concord resident will receive an honorary degree from Franklin Pierce Law Center, recognizing his status as the nation's oldest patent attorney. And next month, he'll be off to a reunion at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he got an engineering degree more than 80 years ago. -- smartest thing he ever did was turn down a job offer from Thomas Edison to make machine parts for a golf equipment company -- has handled over 100 inventions -- an inventor recently gave him a golf putter complete with a ball attached to a thin line and a reel, so it can be easily retrieved., The Union Leader, NH, 15 May 2005

Fox Puss Invitational at Boonsboro Country Club: Putter switch helps Ben Keefer get out in front with a first-round 68 to grab a three-stroke lead -- Putting well after switching putters before the first round. Keefer made three birdies - at the par-4 eighth and nine and par-5 10th - and bogeyed the par-3 second. "I had a lot of two-putts for par," Keefer said. "If I can make those three- to five-foot putts, that really keeps my momentum going and that's the key.", Lynchburg News and Advance, VA, 15 May 2005

Putting a price on their skills -- the caddies at Lucknow Golf Club earn 10 Rupees for a loop and then bet against each other with putters for 2.50 rupees a hole to make ends meet -- can't afford a set of clubs so they only use putters -- "We use putters even if the ball goes into sand," said 10-year-old Om Prakash alias Tuntun -- club members occasionally bet on which caddie will win -- Caddies belong to the famous Martinpurwa area that is the birthplace of some of the great caddie-pros, like Vijay Kumar, Sanjay Kumar, Jumman, Bhoop Singh, Rajesh Rawat, Sandeep and Vinod., Hindustan Times, India, 15 May 2005

Welsh Wonder James Williams claims Brabazon lead with course-record 66 -- GB&I Walker Cup team member's 2nd-round improvement by 10 shots over 1st round all down to putting: "I played just as well yesterday but putting was difficult because of the wind," he admitted. "Today I had seven birdies, six from inside eight feet, and just one bogey, at the 10th where I took double (bogey) yesterday.", Scotsman, UK, 15 May 2005

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