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GolfWRX members debate: Do you need to be a good putter to win the Masters?

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In a forum thread that’s gathering momentum, Salmon1a links out to Joel Beall’s look at winners’ putting performances at Augusta National. “An interesting article focusing on Spieth’s 2018 putting woes and how it may not matter at The Masters, he writes.’

Beall provides this interesting Rory McIlroy quote

“At Augusta you don’t need to putt great, you need to not waste any shots, no three putts, hole everything inside five feet…You don’t need to hole every 15-footer that you look at, you need to be efficient, just not to be wasteful.”

“McIlroy may have a point,” Beall adds. “After all, Bubba Watson is routinely one of the worst putters on tour, and he’s won the tournament twice. So we took a closer look: do Masters winners double as good putters, or is there something else at play?”

His finding: seven of the last 10 winners of the Masters have been anything but good putters.

GolfWRX members were keen to discuss this conclusion.

Knock it close writes

“The one hard thing is The Masters don’t have the SG stats for the week, so we don’t see how these bad putters putted when they won. But yes it absolutely is vital to hit the ball well at ANGC, especially approaches. That’s pretty consistent on tour though, sg on approaches is the most important from looking at a yearly money standpoint but the elite tee to green player that putts well that week usually wins.’

Bladehunter disagrees with McIlroy

“That’s why he hasn’t won a green jacket and a great putting Spieth is about 4 strokes from owning 3. Lol. He still doesn’t get it.”

Night train says

“Toughest tournament in the world to make five footers………and you’ll have a lot of them. Putting is very important.”

Check out the thread for the rest of replies.

What do you think, GolfWRX members, is the importance of putting well to play well at Augusta National overstated?

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  1. Bob Parson Jr.

    Apr 7, 2018 at 11:01 pm

    Can somebody tell Jordan Spieth to grow up and quit whining, please!

  2. Scooter

    Apr 1, 2018 at 10:23 am

    Once you see the course in person, it really hits you that placement of your approach shots into the greens is critically important. Many greens have a small area that you must hit in order to have a realistic chance for birdie … miss that area and you’ll have to work for par … hit that area and you can get a few birdies with solid-or-better putting.

  3. Ghhh

    Mar 31, 2018 at 10:51 pm

    Don’t have to worry about Spieth winning it this year. Dude can’t make a 3 footer to save his life! I love it!

  4. AndyK

    Mar 31, 2018 at 1:15 pm

    I think the greens have so much break negates putting a bit. I feel better putters have advantages on courses with tame greens as the start the ball correctly more often.

    Augusta I feel the most important thing is being in the correct spot and giving your self easier putters. While putting obviously helps, I think the great ball strikers/poor putters (Sergio, Rose, Stenson, Matsuyama, Scott…) have a better chance to win at Augusta then shaky ball strikers excellent putters (Fowler, Reed, Snedeker, Kuchar)

    Spieth and Woods should historically be great here, shaky off the tee, excellent iron play, excellent putting.

  5. ChipNRun

    Mar 30, 2018 at 3:01 pm

    Hard to say. But, you can’t be a BAD putter and win… those large greens and fast speeds require basic competence.

    • AndyK

      Mar 31, 2018 at 1:21 pm

      Sure you can. Sergio ranked 168th in putting last year and Rose 123rd.
      You can be a bad putter and win the Masters.

      I guessing Sergio was more average then terrible last year during the week, but still he’s a bad putter.

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Looks like Tiger is exploring some innovative solutions to his putting woes…

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Tiger Woods was 39th in strokes gained: putting in 2018. Historically an excellent putter, Woods was hot-and-cold with the flatstick, even benching his soulmate Scotty Cameron Newport 2.

It looks like Woods may have an ace in the hole for the upcoming season, however, with respect to his green reading and putt sinking. Check out this video posted to his Instagram from the Tiger Woods Invitational on the Monterey Peninsula earlier this week.

Good thing the USGA is restricting the use of green-reading devices and technologies, because this kid looks close to cracking the eternal mystery of the perfect marriage of line and speed for every putt.

Cool stuff, though, isn’t it? It’s also cool to see Tiger so genuinely excited about his “mentee.”

We all know the story of how, after September 11, Woods re-evaluated his charitable endeavors and began to conceive of the Tiger Woods Learning Center. He’s spoken passionately about the students who have made their way through the various programs in the past, and there’s no doubt he cares deeply about the TGR Foundation’s efforts, but seeing a thin slice of that reality is awesome.

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The 7 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (10.11.18)

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If you’re on Instagram, you’re hopefully aware that we are ‘gramming it up as well (@golfwrx). And if you’re not following us, well, that hurts our feelings more than a three-putt bogey.

Even if you do follow WRX on Instagram, however, you may not be aware that an abundance of equipment enthusiasts are hashtagging their photos #GolfWRX. We feel it’s only right to feature the best of the WRX-tagged imagery here.

And if you’re not on Instagram, well there’s no way you could see these photos, so think of this series as a handy filter for the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

Michael Martinez with a phenomenal custom Nike concept sketch in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.

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In the pantheon of golf tattoos, this one has to be featured prominently, no?

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BB&F continues to reign as the ferrule king.

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Kraken’s latest ballmarker is hotter than a fire track.

With all due respect to aquatic creatures, these are the best kind of scallops.

A clean sole grind and stamping from Don White. Nothing like it.

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Made with a purpose.

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If you’re on Instagram, remember to hashtag your photos #GolfWRX. And if you’re not on Instagram, well, don’t.

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Report: No tickets will be sold for Tiger-Phil match

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Sorry, fans, you’re not going to be able to buy tickets to the Tiger Woods-Phil Mickelson $9 million megamatch at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas, November 23.

Per a report from the Las Vegas Review-Journal, only a “small gathering of sponsors and VIPs” will be allowed on course. The report also indicates that, in contrast to Phil Mickelson’s promised primetime (ET) showdown, the match will be played under the Nevada sun. The official start time is yet to be announced, ditto the PPV price.

We corrected the promo graphic below to eliminate the crowd. But right-handed Tiger Woods swinging a left-handed club still needs fixing.

Woods is the -220 favorite at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. Mickelson is a +180 underdog.

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