June 25, 1989
If Ken Green's putter isn't producing birdies or saving pars, he sentences it to death. Usually it's by drowning, and he admits to sending at least seven to a watery grave. Green, defending champion in the Canadian Open, told USA Today: "I've got a lot of different tosses. I've helicoptered some from 50 yards. I've got an underhanded flip, a crosshanded sling and once, in the Bank of Boston, I just quietly dropped it on a slope and watched it bounce in." His longest toss? "At Pebble Beach.
May 17, 1987 |
It was all in fun when 10 golfers using only one club apiece participated in a nine-hole event called "The Putters." The prize was not a green jacket; it was an orange sweater. Don Briscar, organizer of the spoof on the Masters tournament, said the players used only a putter over the Green Acres Country Club. The winner was Jerry Argo, the Green Acres' golf pro, who shot a 43. "I never would have believed I would see so many 200-yard drives with a putter," Briscar said.
December 1, 2012 |
Reaching the par-five 11th hole in only two shots, Tiger Woods came to the green primed for an eagle or birdie that would cut into Graeme McDowell's lead in the World Challenge. But after his first putt stopped well short of the cup, a frustrated Woods smacked the next putt four feet past the hole, like a weekend duffer might, and grudgingly settled for par. Woods regrouped to birdie three of the next six holes at Sherwood Country Club and finished with a three-under-par 69, but he trails McDowell by five shots entering Sunday's final round.
August 23, 1992
Congratulations to Larry Laoretti on his great storybook victory in the U.S. Senior Open, "Golfer Lights Up: Will Larry Laoretti Be Madison Avenue's Next Folk Hero?" (July 21). Interestingly, he was never on the PGA tour and this is his first victory on the senior tour. He immediately becomes a major marketable commodity, largely because he smokes cigars and drives from event to event in a motor home. It is also helpful to have a photogenic, 29-year-old spouse. People frequently ask: What do those troublesome African-Americans want?
July 16, 1998 |
Meanwhile, meet Mr. Mean. For the best in bent shafts, the tops in tantrums, the capital of club-throwings and pretty much the ultimate in flat-out golf course rage, you need look no further than the legendary exploits of Terrible Tommy Bolt, who wreaked havoc in the 1950s and '60s.
June 3, 2010 |
Dublin, Ohio — Justin Rose put a new putter in his bag two weeks ago and placed 10th at the European Tour's showcase event. Then for some reason, he took it out for last week's return to the U.S. circuit. Turns out the English pro outsmarted himself. Rose made the cut, but finished near the weekend's bottom. "Probably wasn't the smartest thing," he admitted. New putter reinstated, Rose rebounded Thursday with a seven-under-par 65 that was good for a share of the lead after one round at the Memorial Tournament.