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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Dave Stockton Sr. had seen enough.

On Monday, the two-time major champion turned putting guru sent Rory McIlroy a simple text message – we need to talk.


AUGUSTA, Ga. – Phil Mickelson had not worked with putting guru Dave Stockton Sr., since last year’s U.S. Open, which some considered odd considering Lefty’s prolonged putting slump.


Along with a new calendar and the PGA Tour’s annual fortnight in Hawaii, the New Year always brings a slate of resolutions that are as varied as golf swings.


PINEHURST, N.C. – With a 7:10 a.m. session scheduled Dave Stockton Sr. was searching for a way to explain to Phil Mickelson what he wanted him to do this week on Pinehurst’s greens.


It was peer pressure, no other way to spin it, that will likely lead Dave Stockton Sr. to play next week’s Par 3 Contest at Augusta National for the first time since 2012.