At 17 he faced a 39-foot birdie putt over a ridge that skated 6 feet past the hole and he missed the comebacker. Adjusting to a high-MOI face-balanced mallet putter will take time especially with pace on longer putts.
So was the execution. No putter required for Woods who chipped in for a birdie that jump-started his round. “I just had a feeling” Leishman said. “I’ve never really said that but it just had his name written all over it and in it went so it made me look good.”
“I am very committed to it” Woods said after the round. “I’ve always struggled on greens that are a little on the slower side and these greens aren’t very quick right now and they won’t be quick in three weeks’ time either (at Carnoustie). So it was a nice thing to move to a putter that rolls a little bit quicker.”