FORT WORTH, Texas – After more than a decade playing the PGA Tour it’s difficult even for Graeme McDowell to believe that this week is his first start at the Dean & DeLuca Invitational. Colonial is, after all, a perfect fit for McDowell’s game, particularly on days like Thursday when the winds whipped from all points on the compass, but for the Northern Irishman it’s always been a question of timing. The Fort Worth stop has traditionally conflicted with the BMW PGA Championship, the European Tour’s flagship event, and before moving to July, the Irish Open was also played in late May. This year, however, McDowell’s focus shifted to the season-long points race, on which he currently ranks 107th,
It was always probably going to be a short stay, but Jordan Spieth revealed on Wednesday that his mallet putter's stint in his bag only lasted 36 holes this time around. For the third time in his career, Spieth employed a mallet-style Scotty Cameron putter last week at the AT&T Byron Nelson. He missed the cut after two rounds and promptly went back to the flat stick that has won him all nine of his PGA Tour events, the Scotty Cameron 009. "I was having a tough time aligning the ball up where I wanted it or getting comfortable with my setup with the 009," said Spieth at the Dean & DeLuca Invitational on Wednesday. "That's why I made a switch to a putter that kind of lined itself up. "Just lost
Tiger Woods said he had fusion surgery on his back because he could no longer tolerate the pain, and that he wants to get back on the PGA Tour. Woods said he did everything possible to get ready for the Masters and was "ready to go." He said it was similar to the 2008 U.S. Open, which he won on a shattered left leg, because the pain was after he made contact. Woods had a second back surgery in September 2014, and a third one in November 2014, and then sat out for 15 months until returning last December at his Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas, where he made 24 birdies but tied for 15th in an 18-man field.