U.S. Open winner Rory McIlroy put a little-used Scotty Cameron putter in his bag for the week at Congressional Country Club. The putter, a Newport GSS model, is a prototype that McIlroy first received at the 2010 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. He’s carried it to tournaments before and even used it in European events, but the U.S. Open was the first occasion for him to use it in the States.
McIlroy put the putter in play after working with putting coach Dave Stockton and determining that he needed a putter with a slightly different toe to better accommodate his putting stroke. While McIlroy, a Titleist staff player, has used Scotty Cameron putters in the past, this one is a different style and features a chromatic bronze finish.
In addition to the flat stick itself, McIlroy said he worked with Stockton on putting technique.
“If I have any sort of technical thing in my thought, in my stroke, it would just be to keep the back of my left hand going towards the target, and that’s all we really worked on,” McIlroy said.
The 22-year-old averaged 29.75 putts per round to win his first major.
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