World No. 3 Rory McIlroy switched to a brand new putter, the TaylorMade Spider Tour Red, for last week’s U.S. Open.
McIlroy struggled badly on the greens at Erin Hills, a primary reason why he shot 78-71 and missed the cut. After more flat-stick troubles during his first round 67 at the Travelers Championship on Thursday, Rory said he would be giving the new putter one more week to make him a believer.
However, after a 3-over 73 on Friday, he changed his mind and ditched the Spider Red completely, using a different putter for his third round 70. That putter too, was short-lived, as Rory used another new putter on Sunday, but this time the results were much better, as he shot his lowest round of the year, a 6-under 64. He finished in a tie for 17th place.
- Rory McIlroy has had trouble finding a new putter, using three different putters over his last three rounds at the Travelers Championship.
- McIlroy looked much better on Sunday than he did with different putters each of the previous two days, shooting a final round six-under 64. Despite the score, however, he still was negative (albeit just barely) in strokes gained: putting. Most of his Sunday damage came from leading the field in strokes gained: off-the-tee and hitting 17 of 18 greens in regulation.
- Rory used a TaylorMade TP Mullen in round three, before switching to a more familiar blade style on Sunday. McIlroy was non-committal about the putter after the tournament, saying he was “not so sure” if he was going to keep using it.
“I couldn’t have done any worse than what I’ve done in the first three days. So I just wanted to mix it up and go back to something that looked a little more familiar. That style of head or that head shape I’ve had the most success with. So I went back to that today to see if I could conjure up any good feelings and it felt pretty good.”