The leaderboard at the 2009 Masters is getting crowded as the tournament turns the corner toward the final two rounds, and PING putters are leading the charge.
Kenny Perry’s putter is a PING G2i Craz-E mallet. Angel Cabrera’s putter is also a PING Craz-E mallet as well. Todd Hamilton’s putter is a PING B60 mid mallet.
Meanwhile, Sergio Garcia has returned to the TaylorMade Spider, switching from a TaylorMade Daytona by Kia Ma blade prior to the tournament. Chad Campbell’s putter is a Scotty Cameron by Titleist prototype. Tim Clark’s putter is an Odyssey White Steel 2-Ball mallet.
Several players in contention heading into Saturday, including Clark and Vijay Singh, are wielding long putters and belly putters. If one of them wins, look for the debate about these putters to be rekindled.
Frank Thomas, former USGA technical director, wanted to outlaw long putters and belly putters, and he is not alone. PGA Tour pro Will MacKenzie was recently quoted as saying, “I think it would be cool if they made it illegal.” Ernie Els has also opposed long putters.