Amid the squalls of sideways rain and screaming wind, it was Darren Clarke who remained rock steady to the end and hoisted the Claret Jug in victory on Sunday.
Darren Clarke’s putter is a Scotty Cameron “Tour Rat” prototype by Titleist, an offset Anser-style blade with Circle T weights incorporated into the sole. The putter is similar to Cameron’s popular Newport model, but features softer cornering.
The Tour Rat putter was unveiled on the professional circuits at the beginning of the year. Interestingly, Clarke’s Tour Rat features a dark finish with yellow paintfill accents, which is similar to the old Cameron putter that Clarke retired before the British Open, as reported by Golf.com.
Apparently, Clarke knows what he likes when it comes to the color of his putter, and there’s certainly no arguing with the results.
Meanwhile, on this side of the pond, the nagging question from this year’s British Open is whether or not Phil Mickelson’s struggles on shorter putts were just an aberration, or a portent of things to come. Prior to the tournament, Mickelson did talk about changing his approach to accommodate the softer greens found on the British links, and you have to wonder if maybe he psyched himself out.
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