PONTE VEDRA BREACH, Fla.-- Thanks to an old putter, Sergio Garcia seems to have found a little new magic on the greens. El Nino made 17 of the 18 putts he faced from inside 10 feet Thursday, as well as a 48-footer for birdie on the 14th hole.
"It's a putter that I used back in 2000," he said in his post-round press conference. "I'm just trying to get those good sensations from the past when I was comfortable with my putting. I really like the way I'm striking it."
Garcia averaged 1.733 putts per green in regulation during the 2000 PGA Tour season, ranking him 4th in putting average. He is currently ranked 131st, with a 1.816 average.
The putter is a Scotty Cameron by Titleist, but when he was asked which model, Garcia was vague. "The putter looks a lot like a Ping Anser 2," Garcia said. "It's very similar to the kind that Tiger uses." Woods uses a Scotty Cameron by Titleist Newport 2.
It's not surprising that Garcia wasn't very forthcoming with his answer because he is currently paid to endorse and use TaylorMade equipment. However, in 2000 Garcia was endorsed by Titleist, so it makes sense that he might have several Cameron putters at his home in Borriol, Spain.
Earlier this season, Garcia had tried several different TaylorMade putters, including a belly-putter version of the new Monza Spider.
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