New putter gives D. Johnson opening 67 at BMW


CARMEL, Ind. – Dustin Johnson received a new putter late in his pro-am round Wednesday. He needed only four holes to decide to make the switch.

Putting a TaylorMade Spider Limited mallet in play for the first time, Johnson took just 23 putts and led the field in strokes-gained putting during an opening-round 67 that put him just two shots off the lead at the BMW Championship

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“The past few weeks I’ve just been struggling to get the putter on line, like the line that I was seeing,” he said. “The practice with it this morning was really good, so I kept it going and it rolled really nicely today. I know it works, so if I miss putts, it’s not the putter, it’s me.”

Johnson gained 3.947 shots on the field during the weather-delayed opening round, which was tops in the field. Entering the week, he was ranked 43rd in strokes gained-putting while using a Scotty Cameron Anser-style putter.

Johnson said he has used a mallet-style putter like the Spider only once before, for one round at the 2012 Phoenix Open.