Rumors of his demise may be greatly exaggerated. McDowell carded a 1-under 70 at Riviera on Saturday – his third straight sub-par round – and trails 54-hole leader Bubba Watson by two strokes heading into the final round.
He ranks 89th on Tour in Strokes Gained: Putting and 118th in total putting. His best putting performance was arguably his debut at Torrey Pines when he hit the ball all over the lot and his putter was his salvation. So what’s changed?
Aided by a sense of the moment that always seemed to allow him to will the ball into the hole Woods’s putter has been his sword and his shield throughout his illustrious career. How many times have we seen him strike a putt and the ball die just at the right moment and curl in? The answer is too many times to count.