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By Fred Robledo and Fred Robledo,Los Angeles Times | February 9, 1994
LOS ANGELES -- Tom Watson found himself in a greenside bunker yesterday during a practice round at Riviera Country Club, site of the $1 million Nissan Los Angeles Open that gets under way tomorrow.He holed out from 60 feet, prompting his caddy, Bruce Edwards, to say: "Now you do it."It was one hole too late for such a dramatic shot.It would have been nice to have won with this kind of flair last Sunday, but bunkers weren't his main obstacle in the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. It was a different problem.
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March 3, 2013
It's fine — for amateurs Chris Dufresne Los Angeles Times The most sleep-inducing word on the PGA Tour this year is "bifurcation," although the issue over whether the tour should break from USGA and R&A is hotter than Dubai. Golf's ruling lords have proposed banning "the anchoring" of a club (putter) to a player's body. The PGA Tour has suggested it won't go along. In a perfect world, this ban should have been initiated 40 years ago or at least before belly putting players won three of last five majors.
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By John W. Stewart and John W. Stewart,Sun Staff Writer | April 3, 1994
Blades or mallets; straight shafts or goosenecks; center-shafting or conventional; engineers or physicists -- one way or another, all can relate to putters.It used to be you could walk into a pro shop, pick out a putter that looked good, hit a few putts -- and buy it. Now, there are implements of varying sizes, shapes, and descriptions, and their manufacturers are enthusiastic about users achieving better results with their products.One such group is a local company, STX, Inc. That's the same STX that shook the lacrosse world with its synthetic sticks more than 20 years ago, then incorporated some of the knowledge gained to produce face inserts on putters.
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September 27, 2012
Pick, don't bet on U.S. Teddy Greenstein Chicago Tribune I'll pick the Stars and Stripes. You can justify the pick like this: Even though the Americans have lost four straight on the road, they've won two of their last three in the land of the free. Plus Tiger Woods is to Chicago golf what pre-busted Lance Armstrong was to the Tour de France. Woods won the last two majors played at Medinah. But the Europeans have the better putters (Luke Donald, Rory McIlroy, Ian Poulter)
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February 18, 1991
SAN DIEGO -- A fit of anger last Monday may have paved the way for Jay Don Blake's first Professional Golfers Association Tour victory yesterday in the Shearson Lehman Brothers Open.Blake, 32, threw his old putter -- one he had used since his high school days -- into a pond at Palm Springs, Calif., while playing with some friends."I don't know what came over me," Blake said. "That's very much out of character for me. I'd just got tired of missing all those short birdie putts, reaching the par-5s in two, then three-putting."
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By JOHN STEWART | June 23, 1991
Lacrosse-oriented golf spectators may have been surprised to see two executives of the STX company, one carrying a putter, roaming the grounds of the Du Pont Country Club in suburban Wilmington, Del., one day last week.The fans would have recognized STX as the originator of the synthetic lacrosse stick, and a current leader in lacrosse equipment and clothing sales.Now, the Baltimore-based company is trying to make a dent in the golf equipment business, a much tougher sell, considering there is certainly no short supply of anything in this field.
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By ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION | November 15, 2005
ATLANTA -- Billy Mayfair stuck his head in a barrel and found peace. All it cost him was $25. He was willing to pay any price to forget the 81 he put up in the third round in Greensboro, N.C., a year ago. In his search for blame, Mayfair found it - his putter. In his search for answers, Mayfair went fishing in that barrel. "Outside Forest Oaks there is this guy who has been there forever with a barrel full of clubs," he said. "I said I'm going to try the belly putter. There was one left."
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | September 26, 1999
BROOKLINE, Mass. -- Tiger Woods said before the 33rd Ryder Cup began that his career shouldn't be judged on his performance in this biennial event, and his remarkable run over the past three months wouldn't be overshadowed should he struggle at The Country Club.But if the U.S. team were to lose today to Europe, Woods would have to feel partially responsible, perhaps even more than he did as a rookie back at Valderrama two years ago. After seemingly heating up yesterday morning, Woods cooled off in the afternoon by missing several putts late.
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By MIKE ROYKO | July 5, 1995
For those who remain saddened by the "Baby Richard" case, here is some advice. Think of it simply as a dispute over a piece of personal property and you might feel better.Let us imagine that about four or five years ago a cool swinger named Otto and one of his girlfriends have a spat and break up.In his haste to be with another girlfriend, Otto moves out and leaves behind a putter. It doesn't seem important at the time because Otto isn't a golfer. The former girlfriend gave him the putter as a gift.
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By John W. Stewart and John W. Stewart,Staff Writer | July 4, 1993
One of the nice things about golf is the player never knows what will happen during any given round. One would like to think it will be all good, but the realist knows that won't happen.That's the way it was with Lance Poe last week. Poe, an assistant professional at the Elkridge Club, was going along with what he considered a ho-hum round in the Middle Atlantic PGA Pro-Senior tournament at Longview Golf Course when it got a lot more interesting.It had started out great, but deteriorated a bit in the middle.
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June 4, 2012
Temper the expectations Tom Yantz Hartford Courant It would be easy to say yes after that fabulous flop shot trickled into the 16th cup for birdie that shook the landscape of Ohio. Woods isn't focused on dominating, though. Of course, he'd love to. But his objective is to win. There were encouraging signs at the Memorial, such has leading the field in greens in regulation (53 of 72) and hitting 13 of 14 fairways Sunday. He also displayed great shot-making flair under pressure.
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By Sports Digest | June 25, 2011
Golf Baltimore's Best Putter contest to begin Sunday Baltimore Municipal Golf Corp. will hold its annual Baltimore's Best Putter contest with qualifying rounds from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday at each Classic Five course: Pine Ridge, Mount Pleasant, Forest Park, Clifton Park and Carroll Park. There are two divisions of competition: adults 18 and older, who must pay a $5 entry fee; and juniors 17 and younger, who can enter for free.
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By Jeff Shain, Tribune Newspapers | July 19, 2010
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — In retrospect, maybe it was the putter. Tiger Woods switched back to his trusty Scotty Cameron model for Sunday's final round and promptly birdied two of his first three holes. Both came from only 10 feet, but they went in. Woods' even-par 72 featured just 27 putts — five fewer than any other round in this tournament — and he had no three-putt greens. "I just felt that my speed was off," he said after finishing in a tie for 23rd, "and just going back to something where I know how it comes off."
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By Jeff Shain, Tribune Newspapers | July 16, 2010
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — Tiger Woods took 32 putts Thursday with the new putter he brought to St. Andrews. That's more than he averaged two weeks ago with his old one. Not that it seemed to bother Woods. Nor did it keep golf's No. 1 attraction from one of his best rounds of his post-scandal comeback. Woods opened his quest for a St. Andrews three-peat with a 5-under-par 67 — one shot off his season best and four behind leader Rory McIlroy. "You had to go get it," said Woods, who finished the day tied for eighth.
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By BILL ORDINE | June 20, 2008
There's a lot of justifiable hand-wringing going on among those associated with golf that without Tiger Woods, the profile index of the PGA Tour will slip to something approximating that of pro bowling or curling. As a result, there's talk among golf commentators about how the PGA needs to begin promoting other players so that there won't be such a huge drop in interest - especially in TV ratings - when Woods isn't playing. (A much-quoted Los Angeles Times article indicated that when Tiger played and was in contention, the ratings on CBS and NBC golf telecasts were up an average of 111 percent.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,Sun Reporter | June 8, 2008
The LPGA doesn't keep records for the highest temperatures in major championships, but yesterday's third round at Bulle Rock in Havre de Grace was among the hottest many remembered playing. The on-course thermometer reached 100.4 degrees, and the heat index was 10 degrees hotter. Many spectators, and at least one caddie, were treated by local paramedics for heat-related problems. According to Harford County police on the scene, "dozens" were treated for heat exhaustion, with at least four people taken to local hospitals.
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By John W. Stewart and John W. Stewart,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | July 8, 2003
Amateur Kirk Lombardi ran his streak of accurate putting with a borrowed putter to four rounds, running in seven birdie putts in a 5-under-par 33-33-66 to grab a one-stroke lead in the first round of the Maryland Open at Beechtree Golf Club in Aberdeen yesterday. Jim Estes, a teaching pro at the Olney Golf Park, collected five birdies on his way to 67, followed by Phil Fairbanks and Jim Schouller at 68, and defender Chip Sullivan, 69. David Hutsell (70) was the only other one in the 131-man field to break par-71.
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June 16, 2006
Who will win the U.S. Open this weekend? A win by Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson or Davis Love would make it a fairy-tale Open, but Retief Goosen's putter may play the big, bad wolf in this version. Michael S. Herman Sr. Baldwin For reasons of sheer reputation and sentimental value, many pundits and fans alike pick Tiger Woods. However, the course at Winged Foot demands both exemplary accuracy and putting. Therefore, my pick is Jim Furyk to ultimately raise the trophy. Chris R. Buchar Baltimore The real winner will be Winged Foot Golf Club.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,Sun Reporter | October 6, 2007
Loren Roberts showed yesterday that he can do a little more than just putt. A player who earned his reputation for his prowess on the greens during a productive eight-win PGA Tour career, Roberts demonstrated his ability with a different club - his 3-iron - on the 18th hole yesterday at Baltimore Country Club in Timonium. Leading the inaugural Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship by a stroke over Scott Hoch, Roberts stuck his 208-yard approach on the treacherous 496-yard par-4 closing hole to within 2 feet and tapped in for birdie.
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By Chuck Culpepper and Chuck Culpepper,LOS ANGELES TIMES | July 20, 2007
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland -- That old beast Carnoustie must have snickered yesterday when it saw Sergio Garcia ambling toward the first hole with his caddie and his bag and his new belly putter. That's funny, because when Garcia and the caddie and the bag and the belly putter ambled back down from No. 18 in the evening, the beast lay conquered in the first round by Garcia's 6-under-par 65, and the 136th British Open had another theme. Not only had Garcia, who had shot an 89 in the first round here in 1999, shaved 24 shots off that horror to lead the field by two strokes, but Garcia might just spend the weekend trying to defend the honor of the belly putter.
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