124th U.S. Open

Pinehurst No. 2

The Loop

Tiger's Weightier Putter

__"If Tiger has one part of his game that's not strong it's putting on slow and bumpy surfaces." Steve Williams


Interesting story on the Scotsman site by Phil Johnson on Tiger's adding lead tape to his putter to cope with Carnoustie greens he anticipates will be slower and bumpier than typical tour greens. Tiger did the same at Congressional, according to caddie Steve Williams.

Golf World's Mike Johnson says that though players have traditionally made equipment adjustments at the Open Championship, this is a bit different:

Although Tiger Woods' use of lead tape on the back of his putter is not unique, doing so to combat the bumpy and sometimes slower surfaces found at the British is a somewhat new concept. More common is a handful of players changing from blade-style or light mallets to heavier mallet-style putters. Last year's Open saw Rory Sabbatini, Shingo Katayama, Peter Hedblom, Retief Goosen and Michael Campbell all fall into that category. Expect to see more of the same this year at Carnoustie.

--Bob Carney