Stricker checks Woods' putting stroke during practice round


PITTSFORD, N.Y. – Following one of his best putting weeks of the year, Tiger Woods sought out a familiar sounding board on Monday when he arrived for this week’s PGA Championship.

Woods, who finished fifth in total putts and 11th in strokes gained-putting on his way to victory at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, set out for a nine-hole practice round late Monday afternoon with Steve Stricker, who has become the world No. 1’s pseudo putting coach.

“Some of the things that he likes to believe and he feels, I've actually got to flip it around because he feels everything in his left hand and I feel everything in my right hand, but we believe in how the blade swings and how it moves,” Woods said.

Woods and Stricker lingered for some 15 minutes on the sixth green on Monday, with Woods hitting between 20 and 30 putts, while Stricker talked.

“I wanted him to take a look at my angles of my shoulders and my arms, facial rotation, things of that nature,” Woods said.

Stricker told before the Monday’s practice round that he did not help Woods with his putting last week at Firestone.