Rollins puts new putter in play at Wyndham

John Rollins reads a putt during the Wyndham Championship.

GREENSBORO, N.C. – John Rollins enjoyed his best putting week of the year at the Wyndham Championship thanks to a putter change.

Before the first round, he slipped an old Odyssey model that resembles the Ping Anser into his bag.

“It’s a complete 180 from my mallet, face-balanced Odyssey Rossie 2,” Rollins said. “I’ve been putting poorly and wanted a fresh look and putted great the first round.”

He sure did. He took 26 putts in Round 1, but when he showed up to play in the second round, Rollins grabbed his putter from the bag and noticed the head was loose.

“I wouldn’t have had good peace of mind out there so I went back to my gamer from all year,” he explained.

To call his Rossie 2 putter “this year’s gamer” is a gross understatement that Rollins soon corrected. It’s a model that he’s used “forever.” He later clarified that as more than 10 years.

“It’s my security blanket like Linus,” Rollins said, referring to the Peanuts comic strip character. “I’ve always used it and I’ve said ‘I’m going to change’ and I never have the guts to do it. I finally did it and then my putter breaks. At least I got one good round with it.”

His old faithful Rossie 2 didn’t treat him like a scorned lover. He rolled the rock like old times with it. Rollins took only 25 putts in the second round. For the week, he ranked first in putts per green in regulation (he ranks T-160 for the year), first in one-putt percentage at 50 percent (he ranks No. 116 for the year), and second in total putts with 110 (trailing only winner Arjun Atwal).

Yet even though his mallet served him well after its short stint on the bench, Rollins said he would try the traditional blade once it is repaired.

Said Rollins: “I’m going to mess with it again next week because I liked the way it felt.”

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In other equipment news, Atwal became the latest Ping player to switch to the S56 irons and win. Atwal said he put the irons (4-W) into his bag on Monday before his Monday qualifier without ever practicing with them. He hit 76.39 percent of the greens in regulation at the Wyndham Championship (T-44), an improvement over his season-long percentage of 66.19 (115th on Tour).

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Kevin Na changed drivers before the third round and shot a course-record tying 9-under 61. Na increased the loft on his Titleist 910D3 driver from 7.5 degrees to 8.5 degrees. He improved his driving accuracy from 43 percent of fairways in regulation to 93 percent.

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