He finally put a circle on the scorecard at 14 when he made a 3-foot putt but blew another chance when he missed at 15 from 9 feet. Even Golf Channel’s Terry Gannon wondered on the broadcast whether this would be a one-and-done performance for Woods’ new putter?
“It’s like riding a bike but just a new bike” Woods said. “I don’t have the same rotation I used to. I will never have that again. And so I have to rely on different feels and different shots now and I’m still learning but I’m getting better at learning how to do it.”
Until his death in 2006 the best second set of eyes for Woods had been those of his father. On the eve of the 1997 Masters Earl watched Tiger hit three putts from his bedside and advised him that his hands were too low. “Lift them up” Earl said. “Get that little arch in your hands like you always do.”