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Dustin Johnson switched putters in the most Dustin Johnson of fashions

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Update 10/27/17 at 11:57 a.m.

A TaylorMade representative provided more detail into the putter, along with an in-hand photo, that Dustin Johnson put into play for round 2 of the 2017 WGC-HSBC Champions event:

DustinJohnsonSpiderTourblack

“DJ requested a Spider Tour Black after playing a Berwick in round one. Patrick Tang, our Asian Toru rep built him one to spec — only one they had since trucks were all gone. It had a sightline so Patrick filled it in for DJ.”

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Dustin Johnson has used a TaylorMade Spider variant for much of the past couple of seasons. As of the Wells Fargo Championship, last season, for example, we spotted him using a TaylorMade Spider Tour Black.

However, he switched to a TaylorMade TP Collection Juno putter for the Northern Trust Open, and most recently, that’s what he had in the bag at the Presidents Cup.

It sounds like that putter made its way to China, along with a couple of other candidates. However, DJ made the decision to go with an entirely different TaylorMade Spider flatstick—one with a softer insert than his previous model featured. (Appropriate, with Halloween approaching)

Making this story of putter switching even better, it also sounds like the tour truck on site at Sheshan built him a putter and he put it in play immediately.

“The guys here in China made me one. I got it right before I walked to the tee,” Johnson said. “I hit a few putts on the practice green with it and I was like, ‘Oh, this will work pretty well.’ Went out and holed a lot of putts today, so I kind of like it.”

And making the story even better still: Johnson carded a second round 63 to move to the head of the class in Shanghai. Kind of like it, indeed.

Here’s the best shot we have of the putter. We’ve reached out to TaylorMade for further details.

WGC - HSBC Champions: Day TwoAs you can see in the video below from the PGA Tour, the new Spider is working pretty well for the world No. 1. He ended his day with four straight birdies, filling up the cup from distance.

Guess a big-money no-cut event is the time to put a flatstick in play you’ve only stroked a few putts with, right? Can you imagine? Who else but DJ?

Gotta love “the John Wayne of golf,” as his agent calls him.

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  1. SteveK

    Oct 27, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    I gotta have me one…. I gotta have me one …. pant-pant-pant ….

    • RonL

      Oct 27, 2017 at 6:07 pm

      I got one ….. I got one ….. lololololol

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Fancy a punt? Check out these Tiger Woods British Open prop bets

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It wouldn’t be a major featuring Tiger Woods without Tiger Woods prop bets, would it? Bettors, as we know, get off the sidelines to shovel cash behind Woods when he tees it up in major championships. This has been historically true. It was true at the Masters. It was true at the U.S. Open.

Accordingly, the good folks at BetDSI are offering a number of Woods wagers you may be keen to punt on…especially if you want a piece of the TW action but aren’t keen to take Woods at 24-1 to win The Open.

Tiger Woods makes cut

Yes -350
No +250

Tiger Woods wins

Yes +2400
No -2900

Tiger Woods finishes top 5

Yes +600
No -900

Tiger Woods finishes top 10

Yes +270
No -400

Tiger Woods finishes top 20

Yes +140
No -170

Tiger Woods finishing position

Over 25.5 (-115)
Under 25.5 (-115)

Tiger Woods lowest round

Over 69.5 (-110)
Under 69.5 (-120)

Tiger Woods highest round

Over 75.5 (-110)
Under 75.5 (-120)

Tiger Woods highest score on any hole

Over 7 (-110)
Under 7 (-120)

Tiger Woods total double bogeys or worse

Over 3 (-110)
Under 3 (-120)

Tiger Woods within 5 strokes of lead during final round

Yes +225
No -300

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WATCH Phil Mickelson hit a flop shot over a man 2 yards in front of him

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On the Gear Dive podcast, Fred Couples told Johnny Wunder that Phil Mickelson is the best judge of a lie (and the shots he can execute from a certain lie) in the game of golf.

This video from Carnoustie yesterday is testament both to that fact and a reminder that Phil Mickelson’s short game is truly singular.

Former European Tour pro Gary Evans was the guinea pig.

Here’s the shot from another angle. That’s gotta be a 64-degree Callaway Mack Daddy PM Grind, no?

Mother of golf gods! Check your trousers, Gary! How crazy is that shot? There’s plenty of puffery when it comes to Phil’s short game, but that shot is simply insane. Would love to see the Trackman data on that flop.

I mean, if Phil doesn’t get the contact he wants and you get hit, you gotta hope to get pelted in the stomach or chest…and not the jewels or the face.

What do you think, GolfWRX members? Would you take Evans place for viral video fame? A few bills from Mickelson’s famed cash wad?

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Want to watch Rickie Fowler drive it 458 yards? Sure you do!

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I’m not about to act like Rickie Fowler had some Hulk-meets-Joe Miller moment at the Scottish Open and belted a drive more than 450 yards.

No, Dick Fowler, P.I.,was massively aided by baked out Gullane, the contours of the fairway, and likely a decent tailwind. Obviously. He’d certainly admit that fact, and it’s abundantly clear he smacked his drive down a concrete ski slope.

That said, a 458-yard drive is a 458-yard drive, and it’s a spectacle worth watching.

Check it out.

All credit to the Cobra King F8+ and Aldila NV 2KXV Blue 70X shaft; check out Fowler’s full WITB here.

Fowler finished tied for sixth place at 14-under.

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