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Big Play with Jim Suttie
Jim Suttie
August 28, 2006
WHO: Tiger Woods
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August 28, 2006

Big Play With Jim Suttie

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WHO: Tiger Woods

WHAT: 40-foot, right-to-left, downhill birdie putt

WHERE: 204-yard par-3 8th hole at Medinah Country Club

WHEN: Final round of the PGA


Woods used to be an aggressive putter and was ranked 171st in three-putt avoidance before the PGA, but he recently made his stroke much smoother and more evenly paced. Now his ball gently drops into the cup, and that has drastically improved his lag putting. Woods had only one three-putt last week, and he's again draining bombs with shocking frequency. On Sunday he put the PGA out of reach with 40-foot birdie putts that trickled in at the 6th and 8th holes, respectively.


Learn to Lag by Putting to the Fringe

Ray Floyd showed me the best lag-putting drill I've ever seen: Put six balls on one side of the green near the fringe and six tees near the fringe on the opposite side. Spread the tees a few feet apart. Stroke each ball so that it hits or stops just short of a tee. A ball should never roll past the tee and onto the fringe.

Jim Suttie teaches at the Club at TwinEagles in Naples, Fla.

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