Happy Putter propels Lewis to Friday 65

By Randall MellMarch 19, 2016, 2:21 am

PHOENIX – Sometimes a round can hinge on a single decision.

For Stacy Lewis, that decision came before she stepped to the first tee Friday at the JTBC Founders Cup.

Lewis made a tough choice, pulling her beloved TaylorMade Ghost Raylor putter out of her bag to give a new high-tech prototype a chance.

“It’s called a Happy Putter,” Lewis said.

It lived up to its name, making Lewis smile as she watched one putt after another fall in the second round. Those putts have her back in position to make yet another big weekend run here at Wildfire Golf Club.

“I hardly ever change putters,” Lewis said.

In fact, Lewis has won all but one of her 11 LPGA titles with that TaylorMade Ghost Raylor.

“That was the hardest part for me, taking that out of the bag, because I’ve had success with it,” Lewis said.

With a 7-under-par 65, Lewis moved into a tie for 12th, six shots off the lead. Lewis has thrived on the weekends at Wildfire. She hasn’t finished worse than second in her last three events here. She won in 2013 and finished second in ’14 and ’15.

With the Prototype M Happy Putter, a Brain Storm Golf product, Lewis took just 25 putts in a round of eight birdies and a bogey. She had 33 putts in the first round. Though she has experimented practicing with the Happy Putter, Friday marked the first time she put it into tournament competition.

“It’s adjustable, like a driver,” Lewis said. “Everything with it is adjustable. You can adjust the offset, the lie, the kind of alignment tool aid you want to have on it, the weight, the softness or firmness, the face, the loft of it.”

Travis Wilson, Lewis’ long-time caddie, keeps that beloved TaylorMade Ghost Raylor nearby, but Lewis liked the Happy Putter so much she’s keeping it in the bag Saturday.

“I couldn’t get comfortable lining up my other putter,” Lewis said. “If I line this one up good, I think the stroke kind of works itself out.”

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McIlroy 'committed to everything ... ran out of holes'

By Jay CoffinJuly 22, 2018, 7:08 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy summed it up: “I don’t really feel like it’s a defeat. I feel like it’s a good week.”

McIlroy, in search of his fifth major, tied for the lead at The Open late on Sunday at Carnoustie when he made eagle on the par-5 14th hole. An hour later, he had made five consecutive pars to close out a 1-under 70 and tie for second place with Justin Rose, Kevin Kisner and Xander Schauffele.

That group ended two shots behind winner Francesco Molinari. McIlroy thought it was realistic to squeeze one more shot out of his round, but he never though it was possible to squeeze out two.

“I committed to everything,” he said. “I hit the shots when I needed to. I made good swings on 17 and on 18. I just ran out of holes.”

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McIlroy hasn’t played poorly this year, but this hasn't been a year that would rank as a total success. He took the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March and collected a second-place finish at the BMW PGA Championship. He had a legitimate chance to win the Masters before a terrible Sunday round, and then missed the cut at the U.S. Open last month at Shinnecock Hills.

Sunday at Carnoustie, McIlroy bogeyed two of his first five holes and quickly became an afterthought. When others faltered, McIlroy birdies Nos. 9 and 11, then eagled 14 to vault back into the picture.

“I’m happy with how I played,” he said. “I didn’t get off to a great start, but I hung in there, and I battled back.

“So I’ll look back at this week and be very encouraged about what I’ve done and the golf that I played. I feel like that will stand me in good stead for what’s coming up.”

McIlroy is scheduled to play the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in two weeks, followed by the PGA Championship and the FedExCup Playoffs.

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Edoardo, other pros congratulate Francesco on Twitter

By Grill Room TeamJuly 22, 2018, 6:54 pm

Francesco Molinari played a bogey-free weekend at Carnoustie to claim Italy's first claret jug.

His rock-solid performance in the final round earned him his share of social media plaudits.

Here's a collection of Twitter hat-tips, and we start off with Frankie's brother, Dodo.

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Woods: Fan who yelled had 'tipped back a few'

By Jay CoffinJuly 22, 2018, 6:37 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods stood on the 18th tee and thought he needed birdie to have a chance to win The Open. He pulled driver out of his bag, a sign he wanted to boot the ball as far down the fairway as possible.

Woods took a mighty swat and - right in the middle of his downswing - someone yelled. Woods flinched.

Luckily his ball still found a decent spot just off the right of the fairway.

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“I’ve had things like that happen a lot in my career with people who just tried to time it,” Woods said Sunday at Carnoustie after shooting 71 to tie for sixth place. “They tipped back a few, and it’s late in the day.

“Unfortunately, that’s part of what we have to deal with in today’s game. People are trying to yell out things to try to be on TV or be in social media or whatever it may be. That was too close to the game of play.”

Woods hit his approach to 6 feet and missed the birdie putt. He tapped in for par to shoot even par and finish 5 under for the week, in a tie for sixth.

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Pros melt down on Twitter as they watch Tiger

By Grill Room TeamJuly 22, 2018, 6:30 pm

Tiger Woods mounted a final-round charge and, for a little while, took the outright lead at Carnoustie on Sunday.

His fellow pros were watching and tweeting like your average fans.

We compiled some of their missives below:

Woods would go on to finish in a tie for sixth at 5 under par for the week.