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February 28 2013

10:13 AM

D. Johnson, Woodland try new putters

By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Insider

Two notable names on the PGA TOUR could have new putters in the bag at the Honda Classic.

After using an original Odyssey White Hot 2-Ball putter recently, Gary Woodland switched to Odyssey's new Versa 2-Ball on Monday.

Woodland, who liked the look of the white/black/white Versa putter, had Odyssey Tour Rep Johnny Thompson build him one and immediately put it in the bag.

While Woodland's putter situation is fairly straightforward, Dustin Johnson's has remained fluid over the last few weeks.
The 7-time PGA TOUR winner opened the season with a Titleist Scotty Cameron Newport 2 prototype putter in the bag for his win at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, but switched to an Odyssey Versa No. 7 WBW (white/black/white) following three sub-par starts.

On Wednesday during the Honda Classic Pro-Am, Johnson was spotted with a Scotty Cameron in the bag -- only it wasn't the usual Newport 2 prototype.

The new putter in Johnson's bag was a Scotty Cameron Notchback prototype with what appeared to be a long single bend in the shaft that blended into the neck.

It's unclear if Johnson plans to put the putter in the play at the Honda Classic, or if he was just testing it during the Pro-Am, but if he does put it the bag, it would be the third putter he's used in his first seven starts.

Update (12:10 p.m. ET): Dustin Johnson's first round with the Scotty Cameron Notchback prototype was extremely positive. Johnson, who went off early at 7:25 a.m., fired a 4-under 66 and only needed 29 putts to get around PGA National. 

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