The tip Tiger got to get back to his old putting self at the AT&T National
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The tip Tiger got to get back to his old putting self at the AT&T National

After winning the AT&T National last week, Tiger Woods credited Stanford roommate and friend Notah Begay III with a putting tip that helped Woods win for the 74th time in his PGA Tour career.

Woods played coy at Congressional (and again Tuesday at Greenbrier) about what the tip was.

"He gave me a little tip when we talked about putting and philosophies early this week, and he got me putting like I used to," Woods said. "That was fantastic."

While Woods is one never to discuss the mechanics of his game with the press, Woods' website got the "scoop" on the tip.

Begay saw Woods bringing the putter blade back too far inside on the backstroke, leading to a push right. To compensate, Begay suggested Woods open the toe of the blade on the backstroke. The exaggerated feeling of an open blade would force Woods to stroke the putter more on line.

Tiger made just one putt greater than 25 feet at the AT&T National - the 48-foot eagle bid at No. 16 in the second round - but did not miss from inside 10 feet and did not three-putt all week.

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