With Tiger Woods surging, Ian Poulter may want to start looking into the best recipes for crow.
Meanwhile, here are some odds and ends on the putter front from Augusta National as we head into the weekend:
-Jason Day is rocking the TaylorMade Ghost Spider, which technically doesn’t exist. It’s like a UFO. Everyone can see it, but there’s no official record of it.
-Sergio Garcia is clawing his way into potential contention by using a claw grip on a TaylorMade Corza Ghost—the new version with the black Pure Roll insert.
-Rory McIlroy is lighting it up with a straight-shafted Scotty Cameron Fastback. Notice that when McIlroy steps up to his putts, he takes a wide stance for stability and places his open palms together before gripping the club for a vividly neutral setup. McIlroy stands five feet, ten inches—the median height for men—and he uses a 33-inch putter.
-Tiger Woods is grinding his way back into contention with his Nike Method 003 putter. Woods recently said that the putting stroke is simply a miniature version of the full swing, telegraphing that his swing change under Sean Foley is having ramifications around the green. You could see it today, with the putting stroke starting to heat up along with the rest of his game. We’ll see if it continues.
All in all, it looks like an exciting weekend ahead, with some compelling figures on the leaderboard, and warm weather with potential thunderstorms on the horizon. Which putter will earn the Green Jacket? Stay tuned.