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REARDON: PGA Championship Notebook

Dan Reardon
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KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. (KMOX) — With three of the last four majors won by players with putters anchored when they play, there has been some push back this week from individuals who use the longer clubs. Carl Pettersson said he hasn’t hit a putt with a conventional club since he was a sophomore in college and argued if they take his club away they should ban metal headed drivers, hybrids and any other innovations in clubs.

One of the games leading experts and all time great putters in the game’s history disagrees. Visiting with Dave Stockton, he said he hopes they ban anchoring the club to the body adding,

“If years ago they could do to the winningest player in the history of the game (Sam Snead) what he was doing when he really never did anything wrong, they should ban what they are doing now.”
Win a Free Round

For long time Holland’s Joost Liutten topped the leaderboard in the first round of the PGA Championship. Seeing his name at the top, one member of the media said he probably is good at “miniature golf” with all the windmills in his country. Liutten finished with a four under 68.
Birds of a Feather?

Former PGA Champion John Daly flashed back into contention for round one with an opening 68, one better than Tiger Woods. After his round Tiger was asked if he was rooting for “Long John,’ and Tiger responded with a warm personal affirmative.

“I played with John for the first time when I was 13 in the Big I. Then when I came on Tour, he was great. We had lunch, we played practice rounds. He’s always been great to me over the years. I have always rooted for him. I have always been a John Daly fan and friend.”

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