Though belly putters are all the rage,
Tiger Woods has no plans on switching.
The Road to the
B Friday and Saturday afternoons and the low
90s Thursday and Sunday, and the heat definitely
could get in a player’s head, according to 36-hole
leader Hunter Mahan.
“Once it becomes physical, it becomes psychological and mental and you can make mental
mistakes if you’re tired,” he said. “It can affect you
physically just to swing it. If you’re tired and you’re
not hydrated, it’s going to be tough.
“You’ve got to take care of yourself and realize
what’s going to happen and get your work in but
rest at the same time and prepare for it mentally,
because it’s just going to be hot.”
two, you’re going to have the most difficult set-
ups that we have all year,” he said. “Three of the
four rotate so you don’t get the consistency. Even
at Augusta, they seem to change it most years.
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Scott had an 8:02 tee time Thursday morning and
almost didn’t make it, avoiding disqualification only
because there was a slight delay in the schedule.
The Australian said he woke up at 7: 20 a.m.,
and made a mad dash from his hotel in Georgetown, about 15 miles away, to the golf course,
usually a 30-minute drive in Washington’s rush
hour traffic. He got to the course at 7:55 a.m.
“I didn’t think I was going to make it,” he said.
“Luckily, I had ironed my clothes the night before.”
Steve Marino is having a very tough year. A
day after saying he was definitely on the mend
from a knee injury that forced him off the Tour
for four months, he withdrew from the AT&T
National on Wednesday because of continued
problems with his knee.
The event was to have been his third on the PGA
Tour since January. He has not made a cut.
“I’m just not sure (what exactly is wrong),” he
said. “I’m going to see a doctor.”
Marino had knee surgery last October that
never healed properly, as he found out when he
tried to play in The Sony Open in January.
“I played nine holes of the pro-am and it was
killing me,” he said. “I couldn’t even squat down
to read my putts. I pulled up my pants leg and my
knee was just really swollen, a lot of fluid in it.”
At first, he thought he might only have to miss
a few weeks. That turned into four months off the
Tour with a bone contusion on the tip of his fibia and
femur and a condition known as avascular necrosis.
“There was no blood flow to the injured area,”
he said, “so basically my bone was just dying.”
military, a segment of the population near and
dear to Woods’ heart as the son of a former mem-
ber of the Army’s special forces.
Team Qualification Process
Rank Name Points
1 Bubba Watson 5,326.395
2 Jason Dufner 5,289.254
3 Tiger Woods 4,669.413
4 Webb Simpson 4,457.990
5 Phil Mickelson 4,107.108
6 Matt Kuchar 4,043.426
7 Hunter Mahan 3,864.370
8 Zach Johnson 3,325.858
9 Keegan Bradley 3,284.068
10 Rickie Fowler 3,174.590
11 Bo Van Pelt 2,662.165
12 Dustin Johnson 2,639.144
Belly putters may be all the rage on the PGA
Tour these days, but Tiger Woods has no intention
of switching to the long stick any time soon.
“I’ve tried it, and my stroke is infinitely worse,”
he said. “It’s just not good. I like the flow of my
stroke. I like how I putt. Putting with anchoring or
even different configurations of a standard grip, my
stroke doesn’t flow at all. I think I’ve done all right
with mine, and I think I’m going to stick with it.”
Woods also was asked why it is so hard to win ma-
jor championships as opposed to regular tour stops.
“One, you’re going to have the best fields, and
The Tiger Woods’ Foundation focused heavily
last week on paying tribute to the United States
European Points List
1 Rory McIlroy
2 Paul Lawrie
3 Justin Rose
4 Graeme McDowell
5 Martin Kaymer
2 Luke Donald 324.26
3 Lee Westwood 276.22
7 Peter Hanson 168.46
7 Sergio Garcia 155.58
10 Gonzalo Fdez-Castaño 128.30