Watson won the Northern Trust Open at the weekend by one shot from Adam Scott and Jason Kokrak, and the two-time Masters champ put his win down to two key moments with his putter.
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Watson pulled back into a tie at the lead after first making a nine-footer for par on the driveable 10th before rolling in a 29-footer for birdie at the 11th.
“That putt on 10… that hole is very difficult,” said Watson. “To make that putt and somehow make the putt on the very next hole, that combination of those two gave me the right frame of mind.”
Joint runner-up Adam Scott also enjoyed his first week of note with the Scotty Cameron Rev X10 Xperimental Prototype putter in the bag.
Scott was forced to change his putter after the introduction of the new anchoring ruling at the start of the year, but he doesn’t seem to have been fazed in the slightest.
The Australian was on fire on the greens in the early part of his final round in particular, one-putting from over 15 feet on each of the first four greens.
Dustin Johnson had a load of new TaylorMade gear in the bag this week as he changed his irons for the first time in four years, as well as making the switch from the M1 to the M2 driver.
Johnson, who finished fourth for the week, revealed on Friday that he had put TaylorMade’s new PSi Tour irons in the bag. When asked to confirm if he was gaming the new clubs, he answered in typical DJ style.
He said: “I put a new set of irons in. I think they are the PSi Tours, something like that.”
Known for his prowess off the tee, it came as a bit of a surprise when Rory revealed he had changed his set-up on his Nike Vapor Fly Pro the week before.
“There’s a couple of things in Dubai I wasn’t quite happy with, so I worked on those in Florida last week. I tweaked my driver a little bit. I felt like I was struggling to turn it over from right-to-left, so I put the loft up. I put the loft up a degree in the driver to help me spin it a little bit more to try and turn it over.”
There you have it. A free tip from the four-time major champ.
Originally published on bunkered on February 22, 2016.