Rory McIlroy has long been one of the best ball strikers in the game, but when he gets on the greens, the swagger he carries on the course becomes more muted.
His struggles with the putter have long been a concern for the four-time major champion, and now as he gets his summer schedule underway after taking time off to deal with injuries, questions about his short game have become the focus.
This week at the Travelers Championship, McIlroy began the week with a TaylorMade Spider Tour putter, but he has since switched twice.
GolfChannel.com’s Rex Hoggard had more details.
On Thursday at the Travelers Championship, Rory McIlroy joked that he wanted to give the putter he’s been using lately one more week. It turns out he wasn’t joking.
McIlroy arrived at TPC River Highlands about two hours before his Day 3 tee time and the majority of that time was spent experimenting with five different TaylorMade putters before finally settling on a new model – the company’s TP Mullen which is a hybrid mallet putter.
The new putter didn’t fare much better, with McIlroy taking 33 putts on Saturday on his way to a third-round 70 which left him a dozen shots off the lead. He dropped to 73rd in the strokes gained: putting statistic out of 74 players this week and made just two putts over 4 feet.
McIlroy didn’t speak with the media after his round.
McIlroy started Sunday’s final round with yet another putter in his bag, and the early returns are good.
A third putter in three days for @McIlroyRory at @TravelersChamp. This might be the one though. He's got two birdies through five holes. pic.twitter.com/lRp6ouKXvG
— PGA TOUR LIVE (@PGATOURLIVE) June 25, 2017
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