Putting issues What putting issues


NORTON, Mass. – Tiger Woods likes to talk about putting with Steve Stricker.
Stricker, like Woods, is one of the PGA Tour's purest putters. They talked putting at The Barclays last week, where they were paired together the first two rounds.
Stricker said he didn’t notice anything unusual with Woods’ stroke.

“Nothing out of the ordinary,” Stricker said. “I don’t think he made as many putts as he normally does. The stroke looked fine. I didn’t see anything funky out there, not that I was really grinding, looking at his stroke. I guess we’re just shocked when he doesn’t make one because he’s made so many over his career . . . He still looks good. He putts it pure.”
Woods isn’t among folks worried about his putting stroke, either. In fact, Woods said he hasn’t spent that much time working on it since he missed the 7-footer for birdie at the 72nd hole at The Barclays on Sunday, a putt he needed to give himself a chance to win. He also missed a 3-footer on the fourth hole in the final round.

“I’ve worked on it, just a little bit,” Woods said. “Not much, though.

“I just didn’t make a lot of putts . . . Last week was just a tough reading week for me. I just had a tough time reading the greens. That’s just the way it goes. You have weeks like that and sometimes you have years like that. But I think, in the overall, this year I’ve putted a little bit better, been a little bit more consistent. Overall, the year, I think, has been pretty good.”