Toms paints putterhead white for Greenbrier

David Toms reads a putt during the 2010 Masters.

David Toms reads a putt during the 2010 Masters.

WHITE SULFUR SPRINGS, W.Va. – Call it White Fang II. David Toms, known for his silky-smooth putting stroke, showed up at the Greenbrier Classic after a three-week layoff with a white putter.

No, he wasn’t sporting one of the popular TaylorMade Ghost models, or as Tim Herron nicknamed it, The Hole-y Ghost, for the round hole behind the putter face that helps with alignment.

This was a homemade job done by Toms’ friend, a house painter, who painted his Scotty Cameron putterhead white. It recalled the time Deane Beman suggested Jack Nicklaus try his spare, center-shafted Bull’s Eye putter prior to the 1967 U.S. Open at Baltusrol. Smitten with the putter, Nicklaus nicknamed it “White Fang” (the brass head was painted white to prevent sun glare) and rolled to victory.

Toms didn’t have the same immediate success. He took 32 putts in the first round, 26 in the second, and missed the cut. Before the tournament started, he said the paint job helped his focus and could find just one fault.

Said Toms: “It looks like one of those putters you get at putt-putt now.”

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