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Stricker gets putting help from Tiger

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The Ryder Cup turns on who’s wielding the hot putters.

That makes the temperature of Steve Stricker’s blade a matter of concern on the American side.

Stricker, considered one of the best putters in the game, struggled with his stroke in the Tour Championship at East Lake last week. He had an uncharacteristic number of three putts there and failed to convert a number of birdie chances.

Concerned about his form upon arriving at Celtic Manor, Stricker asked Tiger Woods to take a look at his stroke in their practice round Tuesday. They were 4-0 as partners in the Presidents Cup at Harding Park last year and are expected to be teamed again this week.

“We talked about our strokes over the years, and Tiger gave me a good little pointer,” Stricker said. “It’s something that my caddie and I mentioned last week, something in my setup that didn’t look quite right.”

Stricker said he’s coming back to form.

“It felt like my old self again,” Stricker said. “It's just raising my hands up a little bit. I've always had my hands a little bit higher at address before I take the putter back and even Jimmy [Johnson], my caddie, had mentioned it last week, that it doesn't look like the heel of my putter is off the ground as much. Tiger said the same thing. It was a little bit of a setup issue. I'm real close to making a lot of putts.”

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