Putter change in the works for Woods?

NORTON, Mass. — Tiger Woods insists he is putting OK these days, but a scene on the first hole of his pro-am at the Deutsche Bank Championship early Thursday morning at least raised an eyebrow or two.

Could he be holding putter tryouts this offseason?

His trusty Titleist Scotty Cameron gamer has been in the bag for more than a decade, for a majority of his PGA Tour victories and has delivered 13 of his 14 major championship titles. The other 13 clubs in his bag are all made by Nike, but with the success he’s had with the flatstick, the 14th club hasn’t been open for debate. But there on the first tee early Thursday was Woods, giving an extended look to a new Nike Method 001 model that was delivered to him by Nike Tour rep Rick Nichols. He gave it some pretty good scrutiny, checking it out, and eventually handed it back to Nichols to make an adjustment with the grip. At this time, it is listed on the Woods’ depth chart as a second stringer.

The Nike camp at TPC Boston seemed pretty excited about the development. It’s already been a very good summer for the Nike Method. Lucas Glover used it to win the U.S. Open, and Stewart Cink used it in his Open Championship triumph at Turnberry. There is a limited amount of models being sold this fall, with a bigger launch slated for 2010.

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