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New putter doesn't do much for slumping Woods

June 28, 2018 - 3:35 pm

By DOUG FERGUSON ,  AP Golf Writer

POTOMAC, Md. (AP) — Tiger Woods used a new putter and got the same middling results Thursday in the Quicken Loans National.

Woods battled back from a double bogey with five straight birdie chances from 8 feet or closer. He made only two of them and had to settle for an even-par 70, leaving him at least seven shots out of the lead in the opening round on the TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm.

Andrew Landry set the pace on a difficult, but rain-softened course with a 7-under 63. Landry, who won the Texas Open in April for his first PGA Tour title, also had a new putter in the bag.

All the attention was on Woods, who had hoped a mallet-style putter might help him shake out of a putting slump. It didn't.