Why Tiger Woods is using his backup Scotty Cameron Newport putter at the 2020 PGA Championship
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Why Tiger Woods is using his backup Scotty Cameron Newport putter at the 2020 PGA Championship

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Tiger Woods isn't using his normal Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS putter at the 2020 PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco.

Instead of using the putter he's used to win 14 of his 15 major championships, Tiger Woods is using a backup version of the Scotty in the first major of 2020. Why?

According to Todd Lewis of Golf Channel, Woods is using the backup putter because he's looking for a potentially heavier putter this week on the flatter greens in the Bay Area. The backup Newport 2 has sole weights that he can change out, balancing feel as he needs on the greens. He can't do that with the putter everyone knows and loves and that has a worn out sweet spot.

According to Lewis, this is the first time Woods has put his backup Scotty into play in competition. It's probably good timing, too, as Woods' strokes gained putting numbers are abysmal this season, albeit in very limited action. So far in the 2019-2020 PGA Tour season, Woods is losing an average of 0.84 strokes per round putting, which would make him one of the worst putters on Tour.

He's got to figure out something different this week, and maybe adding or removing a little weight from the putter head can help.

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