“That’s OK” his dad said. “Just win me that trophy and we’ll call it even!” “It’s a long time ago isn’t it?” McDowell said as he finished retelling the story. Long enough for McDowell 38 to dip from No. 13 when he hoisted his major trophy to No. 219 in the Official World Golf Ranking entering this week at the Genesis Open.
Everyone at the top of the leaderboard seemed to be thanking his putter for his torrid start. The answer to which one is different than the others is Woods who benched his beloved Newport 2 GSS putter in favor of a TaylorMade TP Black Copper Ardmore 3 and settled for an even-par 70. Woods took 29 putts and ranked 92nd of 120 players in Strokes Gained: putting (-1.198). He didn’t make a birdie until his 13th hole of the day.
PACIFIC PALISADES Calif. — On Friday night Bubba Watson played in the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles. Among the lowlights for Watson was a running jumper he launched from the baseline that Hall of Famer Tracy McGrady casually swatted out of bounds.