Last two Tour winners made drastic putting changes


For those who study tea leaves in search of picks for their fantasy teams, consider that on consecutive weeks the PGA Tour has been dominated by players who recently made dramatic putting changes.

Two weeks ago it was Rickie Fowler who converted to a left-hand low, cross-handed putting grip, which he’d used in the past, just days before winning his first PGA Tour title at the Wells Fargo Championship.

“In a way, left-hand low freed me up a little bit from the fairway, and I feel like I'm managing my way around the course very well,” said Fowler, who followed his first Tour title with a runner-up showing at TPC Sawgrass.

Last Monday Matt Kuchar made a similarly dramatic switch, changing to a new Rife “Barbados Island Series” putter that had a similar bend in the neck to the model he used last year.

The result was the top spot in the putting analysis (distance made) statistic and a two-stroke victory at The Players Championship.

The lesson, of course, is to find anyone making a dramatic switch this week in Dallas and hope good things really do come in “threes.”