No putting contest


AUGUSTA, Ga. – Lots of work for Tiger Woods before he teed off on the practice putting green, a byproduct of his 31-putt opening effort, but, contrary to the commonly-held notion the Masters is a putting contest, the truth is green jackets are no longer won or lost on the greens.

Just ask Stewart Cink: “It’s not a putting contest. Used to be, but not anymore. Now you have to play the entire course,” he said earlier in the week.

Cink’s theory is supported by Woods’ history at Augusta National. Of Woods’ four Masters titles he ranked in the top 10 in putting for the week just once (1997). In fact, it’s the only time since ’97 he’s ranked among the week’s best.