Tiger Woods talks to Steve Stricker on the practice putting green at Doral… (Alan Diaz / Associated Press )
Tiger Woods doesn't often compliment other golfers, but there's a reason he called veteran American Steve Stricker among the greatest putters in the history of the game.
It seems that Stricker noticed a couple of small problems in Woods' stroke and counseled the former No. 1 player in the world. Things like relaxing his strong grip, improving his posture and keeping his hands ahead of the ball on impact.
“He can see the things that are off a little bit because he knows my stroke so well,” Woods said of Stricker, a 12-time winner on the PGA Tour. “[He] just gave me a couple little things to talk about and, lo and behold, I started feeling just like I did at Torrey.”
That'd be Torrey Pines, where Woods won a PGA Tour event in January. On Thursday in the first round of the Cadillac Championship at Doral Golf Resort and Spa in Florida, Woods shot a six-under-par 66 to grab a share of the lead.
“Whatever he says, I'm going to do,” Woods said of Stricker's advice. “He's one of the best putters that's ever lived.”
Stricker, who is playing a limited schedule this year, fared well Thursday, finishing with a 67.
“He was talking a little yesterday that a couple of putts were bothering him,” Stricker said of Woods on Thursday. “I always hate to interject anything with him, but he was open to it. You don't want to screw a guy up, either. But when I left him last night, he was really excited and it looked like he was rolling it really good then."
Even Tiger Woods can listen when one of the greatest is giving advice.
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