Looking at the bigger picture with regard to his performance in Maryland, however, he finished the tournament leading the field in strokes gained putting, so his flatstick
is plainly in good order.
Despite not having the best record in this competition Team Europe will hope that Rory McIlroy is back to his matchplay best and that his new 'flatstick
' putter is as successful as it was during the FedEx Cup.
JUSTIN ROSE will hit hundreds of practice putts with his trusted old flatstick
in a bid to cure his troubles on the greens that are costing him titles.
She hit an 8-iron to the green and, in front of about 30 spectators, knocked in the putt with her TaylorMade flatstick
"My putter definitely won me the tournament this week," said Els, who used his flatstick
a career-low 100 times after moving the ball back in his stance early in the week.
For those in the parties who had not had previous paddling experience, the all-day grind of swinging the flatstick
made soft muscles stiff and sore.
Putting is traditionally a bugbear of Horschel, but he holed the lion's share of putts in his partnership with Piercy and will be thrilled with his flatstick
He sinks his putts, usually using a Titleist Pro VI, with his Ping G2 flatstick
has been an issue for the 33-year-old but his putting stats have improved throughout the season and his average putts per round are as low as they have been at any time since 2012.
And Lynch isn't worried about his team's chances in this tournament three years down the road when long putters will not be allowed because of the recent USGA flatstick
Given how many birdies are needed to win this tournament - 23 under par or better has been hit on three occasions - the flatstick
fragility of the front three in the betting makes them poor value.
He bought the light blue-shafted Odyssey flatstick
at a golf shop in Florida with amateur credits in 2000, and it's been in his bag ever since.