Tiger Woods stunned many people by announcing he would use a new putter for the British Open at St. Andrews. Tiger’s justification for pulling out the Nike Method 001 was that he needed some extra speed to combat the slow greens. While Tiger made the cut with ease, he was far from serious contention to win it mainly because of his putting that frustrated him to the point of dropping f-bombs on TV. Tiger took 99 puts over the first three rounds — 32 the first two rounds and 35 on Saturday, including three three-putts.
When answering questions after Saturday’s round, Tiger said it wasn’t the putter that was causing his problems on the greens but rather his inability to get speed on the putts. Those comments now appear hollow as Tiger made a switch for Sunday’s final round at The Old Course.
Tiger ditched the Nike putter in favor of his reliable Scotty Cameron putter, the one he used to win 13 of his 14 majors. Tiger wound up shooting even par on Sunday to remain at -3 for the tournament and tied for 23rd. He didn’t play too poorly throughout the week, but there’s no doubt his putting failed him. Between the poor putting and the switch back to the Scotty Cameron, Nike cannot be happy with the results.
Tiger Woods switches back to his Scotty Cameron putter [Golf.com]