Spieth (68) switches putters: Not that big of a deal

By Ryan Reiterman May 18, 2017, 8:08 pm

IRVING, Texas – With a new putter in his bag, Jordan Spieth made two late birdies for a 2-under 68 in the opening round of the AT&T Byron Nelson. The Dallas resident is four strokes behind James Hahn and Ricky Barnes.

Spieth was unhappy with his alignment on the greens after missing the cut last week at The Players Championship, and he decided to change putters this week. He finished with 27 putts and hit 11 of 18 greens in regulation.

“I'd say it was a pretty easy to transition,” said Spieth of switching to a Scotty Cameron T5W mallet. “I haven't been comfortable standing over it for a little while, and so I just wanted something that's a new look, and the bigger a deal that's made out of it the more bothersome that is for me.

“It's not really that big of a deal, and every guy switches putters every single week,” he added. “It's nothing new. Just a new look for me for the time being.”

While some players change putters like they change their socks, not every player wins two majors and 12 professional titles by the age of 23. And many consider Spieth to be the best putter on Tour. So, like Tiger Woods before him, when one of the best players makes an equipment change, it’s bound to raise a few eyebrows.


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Spieth has used a Scotty Cameron 009 blade putter since he was 15 years old, and he won his ninth PGA Tour title with it at Pebble Beach in February.

Spieth’s putting stats this season haven’t been terrible. He’s 39th in strokes-gained putting, but that is down from 2016 when he finished second behind Jason Day. Spieth was ranked ninth in 2015 and 20th in 2014.

And it’s not the first time Spieth has switched putters in his young career. He played the last two rounds of the 2014 Open Championship and the Bridgestone Invitational with a Scotty Cameron FX5R, which he said is an older model of his new flatstick.

“It's nothing crazy new, but obviously, I've got a putter I've worn out for a number of years and it helps me lineup a bit better, this one right now, and that's kind of been my struggle is lining the putter up where I want to,” he said. “I'm falling into a nice line and a nice setup, which has left me more comfortable. I just haven't quite dialed in the speed yet, and I wasn't sure what that would be like today. A little off on the speed. So, hopefully I can make the adjustments.”

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Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.

The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.

There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.


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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.


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Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo

By Grill Room TeamDecember 15, 2017, 1:05 am

Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.

With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.

Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.

The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.

Image via tom.lovelady on Instagram.

In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.