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Tiger goes back to his old putter in return

August 04, 2011

With so many questions surrounding Tiger Woods and his return to competitive golf after a three-month layoff, it's going to be awhile before all of them are answered. At least we found one thing out by the time he walked to the first tee: what putter he's using.


Woods had his Scotty Cameron putter in his bag for the opening round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club. After playing with a Nike Method, which he's used for the past year, in Tuesday's practice round, Woods made the switch back to the flatstick he wielded for 13 of his 14 major championship wins.

So far, so good. Woods' opening nine was erratic, but his putting kept him in good shape. He made a 15-footer for par on No. 3, two-putted from 60 feet away on the back of the green at No. 6 and then rolled another par putt in from 20 feet on No. 9.

He missed a couple makeable birdie putts during a front-side 35 that consisted of nine pars, but the former No. 1-ranked player converted two short birdie opportunities to start his back nine and get into contention. How short Woods' leash will be with the club remains to be seen.

-- Alex Myers

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