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Inside Tiger Woods’ putter switch at 2020 PGA Championship

Though Tiger Woods has been tinkering with a Scotty Cameron prototype putter since last year's British Open, not until Thursday's opening round of the PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park did the new putter make its debut

On the surface, the difference between the Scotty Cameron putter that Tiger Woods has used in the past and what he is playing at this week's PGA Championship may appear superficial. For example, the old one features the maker's name across the backside's bottom; the new putter has Woods' name.

Tiger Woods — Scotty Cameron Putter Switch
Tiger Woods changed putters for the PGA Championship's opening round at TPC Harding Park. While Woods is keeping with the Scotty Cameron brand, the new prototype putter, right, features adjustable weights in the heel and toe.

On Tuesday, Woods was seen practicing with a new Scotty Cameron putter in preparation for the PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park. The putter is reportedly similar to his trusty Cameron Newport 2 GSS and was made for him to test last summer at the British Open.

In Thursday's opening round, according to ESPN commentator Curtis Strange, Woods made it official and put the new putter in his bag.

The difference in the Cameron Newport 2 GSS that Woods used to win 14 of his 15 major titles and the prototype are adjustable weights in the heel and toe, and a bit more length. The weight adjustability allows Woods to make changes based on the speed of the greens, which are not expected to be overly fast at TPC Harding Park this week..

Woods has not played enough competitive rounds (16) during the 2019-2020 season to be eligible for any of the PGA Tour's statistical categories. However, his 28.94 putts per round average and his 1.608 overall putting average would rank 112th and 110th, respectively.

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