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Dustin Johnson switches to TaylorMade Spider Tour Mini at The Players Championship

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Dustin Johnson didn’t putt well at the RBC Heritage his last time out, finishing 63rd in strokes gained: putting for the week. Thus, the world No. 1 made a couple of significant changes for this week at The Players: DJ is both using the AimPoint green reading method and putting with a TaylorMade Spider Mini.

If you’ve seen the leaderboard today, you know the changes are working so far. Johnson poured in more than 100 feet of putts, carding a 6-under 66 for his Thursday effort. He was 15th in strokes gained: putting among the morning wave of players.

DJ transitioned from the Spider Tour Black to the Spider Tour Mini we spotted at least week’s Wells Fargo Championship. He looks to be sticking with a SuperStroke Pistol GT 1.0 grip.

TaylorMade’s Global Communications Manager, Jory Mendes, told us Johnson liked the fact that the Mini blends his preferred putter shapes, saying the “forward CG of Mini allows him to feel the putter release in a similar manner to his blade and the mallet shape gives him the stable feeling of the Spider Tour.”

Johnson himself echoed these sentiments after his opening round

“I always liked putting with a blade, I putted with one forever…I’ve been using the Spider for the last year or so and this was kind of in between.”

Johnson told reporters after his round that he has historically struggled with reading TPC Sawgrass’ greens. He and his brother/caddie, Austin, refined the AimPoint technique during a nine-hole practice round with Adam Scott (also an AimPoint user) Wednesday.

“It’s definitely helped,” Johnson said about using AimPoint. “Because I’m a feel putter anyways and so the way you’re doing it really is you’re just feeling it, so it definitely, it works.”

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  1. Ruby Rhod

    May 12, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    OMG… OMG… OMG… 😮 😮 😮

  2. Boyo

    May 11, 2018 at 11:24 am

    AimPoint, or how to make a 6 hour round when you are a +10 golfer….

  3. Johnny Penso

    May 11, 2018 at 9:03 am

    If you’re a feel putter, isn’t that the wrong kind of putter for you?

  4. Mike Hunt

    May 11, 2018 at 8:09 am

    Is that grip sideways?

  5. acew/7iron

    May 11, 2018 at 8:09 am

    Like the back of the Millennium Falcon …

  6. Travis

    May 11, 2018 at 7:40 am

    That putter looks like a Scottish Fold cat…

    • Ruby Rhod

      May 12, 2018 at 2:47 pm

      No… it’s a purrfect penµs putter metaphor…. sooo obvious

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Tour Rundown: Sangmoon Bae is headed back to the PGA Tour

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The schedulers may have whiffed with Tour Championship and Ryder Cup in back-to-back weeks, but that’s what we have on the horizon. As the 2017-18 PGA Tour season comes to a close, and with it, the Web.Com Tour playoffs, number one on everyone’s mind is next season: where will I play? Do I have status? Some of those questions were answered last week, so let’s run down the answers to the questions, in this week’s Tour Rundown.

Bae back on PGA Tour after Web.Com playoff win

The oldest event on the Web.Com Tour was the site of Sang-moon Bae’s comeback completion. Two years of mandatory military service in South Korea did little to derail the 32-year old’s professional career. Bae birdied the 72nd hole to hold off his challengers, including the eponymous Anders Albertson, to win the Albertson’s Boise Open at 19-under. Bae was a stroke off the first-round lead, then moved into a first-place tie after 36-holes. He continued to advance, seizing the 54-hole lead. Albertson caught fire on Sunday, making 5 birdies in his opening 9 holes. After a bogey stall at the 11th, Albertson birdied 5 of the closing 8 holes. Roberto Diaz of Mexico was tied with Bae after round 3, but a Sunday 68 dropped him back to 5th place. Bae guaranteed a return to the 2018-19 PGA Tour with his Idaho triumph.

Wu works wonders in Holland for KLM victory

Like Bae, Ashun Wu of China birdied the 72nd hole at The Dutch club, host site of The KLM championship on the European Tour. Like Bae, his closest pursuer (Chris Wood) failed to match it, and Wu walked away with his third career European tour title. Wood held a 1-stroke lead over Wu after 54 holes, and the battle to see which “W” would emerge with the “W,” came down to the final 9 holes. Wood played well, making 3 birdies in the inward half. They were sandwiched around a double-bogey at the 12th, and the Englishman closed with 5 pars to finish at 15-under. Wu’s card included only one hiccough, a front-nine bogey, and he was a bit more clutch when it counted. The victory moved Wu inside the top 50, in the season-long Race To Dubai.

Stanford claims first LPGA major title at Evian

For her entire career, Angela Stanford has been a fixture in the top 5 of major championships. It has been a wonder that she did not claim one of them until the fall of 2018. In France, Stanford mounted a final-round comeback, overcame 3rd round-leader Amy Olson, and captured the Evian Championship by one shot over Olson and 3 others. Stanford opened with 72 on Thursday, then dived into the 60s with abandon. Rounds of 64-68-68 brought her to 12-under par. The Texan was able to keep her head, despite an eagle-double-birdie stretch on holes 15-17. Austin Ernst had a clean card on Sunday, but 3 birdies were 1 shy of victory. Mo Martin also had 3 birdies on day 4, but 2 bogeys brought her back to 11-under with Ernst. Sei Young Kim and Olson both went above par in the 4th round, after playing marvelous golf through the first 3 days. Despite their struggles, they also finished in that second-place tie.

Broadhurst claims third title of PGA Tour Champions

Paul Broadhurst won his first 2 Champions title in 2016. After taking a break in 2017, the Englishman returned with abandon in 2018. Wins at the 2-man Bass Pro and the May Senior PGA were followed this week with a triumph in Michigan. Broadhurst overcame a surging Brandt Jobe, who birdied 5 of his firs 6, back-9 holes, before he stalled. Jobe reached 13-under to claim second place alone. Broadhurst finished in style, with birdie at the last, for a 2-shot win.

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Photos from the 2018 European Tour Properties Senior Classic

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Thanks to photographer Mladen Aleksandrov, GolfWRX was live from the 2018 European Tour Properties Senior Championship at Lighthouse Resort & Spa in Balchik, Bulgaria.

For those who don’t know, this tour is essentially the equivalent to America’s Champions Tour, and this event hosted legends such as Ian Woosnam and Jarmo Sandelin. Magnus P Atlevi took home this year’s title, winning by three shots over Stephen Dodd.

Check out our photos from the event, including a bit of culture and a bit of golf equipment. Enjoy!

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Tiger Woods puts his Scotty Cameron Newport 2 back in the bag at the BMW Championship

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Tiger Woods and his beloved flatstick have ended their separation and are once again an item. Woods put his Scotty Cameron Newport 2 back in the bag for the first round of the BMW Championship. The putter, which Woods has used for 13 of his 14 major championship victories, had been on the shelf since the Quicken Loans National in June.

We hinted this was a possibility earlier this week after spotting Woods practicing with both his famed Newport 2 and a TaylorMade Juno. Woods arrived at Aronomink without the TaylorMade Ardmore 3 he’s been using for five events prior to last week’s Dell Technologies Championship.

Woods used the Juno at TPC Boston to less than satisfying results: Woods was 36th in the field in strokes gained putting and was particularly poor during the final round when he needed 33 putts and lost 1.352 strokes to the field on the greens.

Woods, who is 50th in strokes gained: putting this season, put the Cameron in play for a nine-hole practice round Tuesday.

 

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