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Tiger Woods Experimenting With New Putter

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Tiger Woods is experimenting with a new putter that he may use later this week.

Woods said he has been experimenting with it over the past week after dealing with some frustrations recently with putting.

It’s unclear if Woods will decide to replace the Scotty Cameron model he’s used to win 13 of his major championships with the TaylorMade Ardmore 3.

“I’m trying something out,” Woods said during the practice round at TPC Potomac, according to ESPN. “The way I’ve been putting, I wanted to look for a change. That’s all it is. It rolls good. You never know.”

“It’s at my discretion,” Woods said of using a new putter. “If I find something that helps me play better, so be it. If it doesn’t then it’s not going in the bag.”

“It has a little more swing than my putter does,” Woods continued. “It feels good.”

“I’ve been in this position many times where I’ve had three putters out and I’ve either [stuck] with it or I haven’t gone with it on Thursday,” Woods said. “I was down in the Bahamas with it last week, so I’m really going to give it a good test today and tomorrow because it’s not Bermuda (grass at TPC Potomac). I’ve been playing on Bermuda for an entire week. This is very different. I just want to see how it rolls out here and put it through its paces.”

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Francesco Molinari Wins The Open

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Francesco Molinari has won The Open for his 1st career major championship and becomes the first Italian golfer to ever win a major championship.

Molinari holed a 5-foot birdie putt at No. 18 to complete a bogey-free round at 2-under-par 69, and finished with an overall score of 8-under par, two shots ahead of Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy, Kevin Kisner and Xander Schauffele.

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Tiger Woods Likely To Make Cut

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Tiger Woods is likely to make the cut after a second straight 71 gave him consecutive scores of par or better to open a major championship for the first time in five years.

Woods is currently outside of the top 25 and was six strokes back of the clubhouse lead when he finished.

“Most of the good scores yesterday were in the morning, and they had no wind ,and they have very little wind this afternoon with a softer golf course,” Woods said (h/t ESPN). “But we certainly had a chance to get the ball down a little bit further and control it on the ground a little bit better.

“The ball wasn’t rolling 80, 90 yards like it was yesterday. It was a little bit easier in that regard.”

Woods played in the toughest conditions yet, but says that the rain actually helped soften the course a bit and helped the greens.

“I played a little bit yesterday,” Woods said. “Today wasn’t quite as good, but I finally birdied a par-5 (a two-putt at the par-5 16th), so that’s a positive.”

Despite his likelihood to make the cut, Woods knows he needs to clean up his game if he wants to make progress on the leaderboard.

“I could have cleaned up the round a little bit,” he said. “And I did not get off to exactly the best start, being 2 over through three.”

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Jordan Spieth Blames ‘Brain Fart’ For Falling Back

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Jordan Spieth is blaming a “brain fart” for his nightmare first round finish at The Open, also citing reverting back to the type of golf he is working to move away from.

Spieth, who carded a 72, is confident that be improving his execution, he can successfully defend his title.

“I felt like I was really going well,” Spieth said (h/t ESPN). “I had a nice par save after driving it in the bunker at 6. Other than that, it was very stress-free. I was putting the ball where I needed to, having maybe no more than four feet for par on every hole. It was just a clean round of golf. I’ve done a bit of that this year, just the decision making that’s cost me.

“But the misses toward the end were the exact misses that I’ve been having and I’m working away from. My swing just didn’t quite hold up to the end of my round. Those long irons really hurt me today.”

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