But the hottest putter of the tournament through Saturday’s third round isn’t Tiger’s Method putter, but rather the PING Redwood Anser wielded by Louis Oosthuizen, who sank numerous key putts to remain in the driver’s seating heading into the final round.
Louis Oosthuizen’s putter hails from PING’s Redwood Series of 100-percent milled putters, which belong to what we call the ultra-premium putter category (for more context on this category, read PutterZone.com’s report on Tiger Woods’ Nike Method putter and the growth of the milled putter market).
Launched three years ago, the Redwood Series putters ($250) represent PING’s inaugural move into the milled putter field. The name is a nod to Redwood City, the California town where PING founder Karsten Solheim crafted his first putter in the family garage.
The Anser design has been around for ages, but the PING Redwood Anser isn’t the classic cast manganese-bronze Anser from your childhood. Rather, it is precision-milled from 303 stainless steel and it carries a price tag to match. But at its heart, it’s still a true Anser, with the heel-toe weighting, plumber’s neck and enduring look that made the original Anser the most-copied design in the history of golf.
If you are looking for a more affordable option in the Anser family, you might want to check out the PING Karsten Series Anser putter. It may not be as beautiful or as pure in the feel department as the Redwood Anser, but it’s still a screaming deal at $89.
P.S. A side note to the the developing British Open putter drama is that even with Tiger Woods faltering, the Nike Method putter is still having a good tournament. Indeed, Paul Casey’s putter is, you guessed it, the same Method 001 putter model that Tiger is gaming, and he’s currently the only player within seven shots of Louis Oosthuizen.