Watching Day helped fuel DJ's putter change


CARMEL, Ind. – No matter what he tried, Dustin Johnson couldn't get his putts to start on the line he intended.

Playing four rounds over the past two weeks with Jason Day convinced him that it was time to make a putter change.

“I saw him make enough putts,” Johnson said, “and I was like, well, I’ve got to try one at least. So I put it in play and been rolling it pretty good.” 

As well as he has all season, in fact. 

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Johnson shot a course-record 63 Friday at Crooked Stick. At 14-under 130, he is off to the best start in his PGA Tour career and tied for the halfway lead at the BMW Championship with Roberto Castro. 

Johnson switched to the TaylorMade Spider Limited putter – the same model used by Day, who leads the Tour in putting – late in his pro-am round and put it in play in the first round here. Through two rounds Johnson has gained 5.79 strokes on the field on the greens while taking only 48 putts.

When asked if it was the physics behind the putter – it’s a square-headed mallet – that made the difference, Johnson shrugged.

“I don’t go into that stuff,” he said. “As long as it goes where I’m looking.”

That’s not to suggest that Johnson doesn’t understand physics – he took a class in high school.

“I got an A too, bud,” he said.