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British Open 2022: Tony Finau channels inner 'Tin Cup' with odd-looking putter contraption

As any great major champion will tell you, you don't want to be doing too much tinkering on the eve of a major. You either have it or you don't, and no drill or quick swing fix or wacky contraption is going to change that fact.

Apparently, nobody told that to Tony Finau, who has become a popular pick in the gambling community due to his attractive 45-1 outright odds. On Wednesday, however, a picture of Finau doing some serious tinkering on the putting green at the Old Course made its way to social media, and it's now put his backers in the unenviable head space of "I made a huge mistake..."

There are, of course, two ways to look at this, and those who did or did not bet on Finau already are most certainly bouncing back and forth between both camps as we speak. Camp 1: Finau's putting has actually been quite good of late, which has resulted in three top-13 finishes in his last four starts. Perhaps he's been using this contraption for the last month or two and it's clearly having a positive effect on his game. 

And then there's Camp 2, which is something along the lines of "WTF IS HE DOING THE DAY BEFORE A MAJOR?!?!?" It's a decidedly less calm camp, one where mental health is not wealth, unfortunately. 

Whichever camp you fall in, there's no denying that Finau looks like Roy McAvoy from "Tin Cup" on the eve of a major, and you never, ever go full Roy McAvoy on the eve of a major. Everybody knows that:

Again, though, you can't argue with his recent results. We'll find out real soon if this contraption turns his putter into a magic wand (Finau tees off at 5:20 a.m. ET).