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Clubs to Hire Ezine February 2018

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February 2018 his performance around the iconic links' Poa annua greens on Saturday was the difference between being in contention come Sunday. Seven missed putts from inside 12-feet (five of them from eight-feet or closer) left McIlroy with that all-too familiar frustrated feel- ing of what might have been. Putting on Poa annua isn't easy (the grass tends to hold footprints longer than bent grass, and has a tendency to grow at slightly different speeds, combining to create bumpy and tough to read surfaces), but the conditions were the same for all 155 pro- fessionals who teed it up. An untrustworthy putting stroke and Poa annua greens are a match made in hell, and McIl- roy conceded himself that his confidence was shattered by the five-tap on Friday. If Rory is the still the great white hope for golf's future, Ti- ger Woods is still the undoubt- ed star of golf past and pres- ent. In his heyday, there was no greater putter than Woods. Tiger '18 might be a long way from Tiger '00 through '08, but in his last outing at Tor- rey Pines, Woods showed that one or two really good days on the greens can compensate for some wild and erratic driving. A T23 finish might seem like overselling the achievement, but considering that Tiger hit just 30 percent of the fairways at Torrey – last in the field in fairways in regulation by some distance – it was a gentle re- minder of what the 18-time major champion might do if he can find something with the big stick. His fairways in regulation percentage at Torrey was the worst of his career, just behind the '04 and '05 Tour Champi- onships at East Lake. Inciden- tally, Tiger finished solo second at each of those events. Forget Tiger's driving, it was his put- ting that made him the great- est golfer of his generation. McIlroy doesn't have to putt like Woods to win big tourna- ments, but he can't keep put- ting like Rory either. "Drive for show, putt for dough?" Tiger is the second highest paid sportsman of all time. Argue with that… "Of course the long game is important – it's hugely important – but there are dozens of guys on tour who can carry bunkers at 305 and hit irons from 240"

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