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Spieth ditches mallet putter after one week

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FORT WORTH, Texas – Following a one-week experiment with a new putter, Jordan Spieth is back to his old Scotty Cameron 009 for this week’s Dean & DeLuca Invitational.

Spieth missed the cut last week at the AT&T Byron Nelson for the first time and struggled with the new putter (a Scotty Cameron T5W Tour mallet) on Friday with a strokes gained-putting average of negative 2.19.

“I was having a tough time lining the ball up where I wanted it or getting comfortable with my setup with the [old putter], and that's why I made a switch to a putter that kind of lined itself up,” Spieth said. “I just lost a little bit of the feel that I had with the putter I've been using for however many years. But what it did, was now I feel a lot more comfortable with my alignment and feel like I got my setup back to where I want it and I have that feel.”

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Spieth said he and his caddie, Michael Greller, played 36 holes on Sunday at Dallas National and he was encouraged by the progress he’s made with his putting.

“I had a couple great putting rounds,” he said. “That kind of made the decision that it was time, and I felt comfortable back on short- and mid-range putts with my alignment.”

Spieth hadn’t missed consecutive cuts on the PGA Tour – he also missed the weekend two weeks ago at The Players – since the 2015 playoffs and he’s never missed the cut at Colonial, where he’s finished first and second the last two years.