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May 2 2012

7:41 PM

Toms’ shop-bought putter, and snakes

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David Toms put a pro shop-bought putter in his bag at the Zurich Classic.

By John Schwarb, PGATOUR.COM

Not all the clubs on the PGA TOUR come from the hands of a manufacturer rep or all those gleaming equipment trailers that travel from tournament to tournament.

Sometimes players buy them just like we do.

David Toms, T18 last year in Strokes Gained-Putting but mired in 115th this year, switched to an Odyssey White Hot XG No. 7 last week at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. He picked up the putter in the pro shop at a Baton Rouge course the previous weekend, hit a few putts with it and paid for it on a credit card.

After having the lie flattened slightly by an Odyssey rep at TPC Louisiana, he put it in play and finished T45, saying he liked its insert and the sight lines. We’ll see if the putter travels to TPC Sawgrass for THE PLAYERS Championship, where Toms lost in a playoff last year to K.J. Choi.

SOUNDBITES: If you can’t get enough of CBS golf announcer Jim Nantz (or maybe you have a golf partner who is less of a fan), check out “The Nantz Effect” at Titleist.com (link here). And put a little gravy on that bird.

KILLED IT: Who says amateurs can’t make good contact with a 4-iron? A California condo owner used a Callaway 4-iron to dispose of a foot-long baby rattlesnake that bit him on the heel. Callaway posted the story on its social media sites.

WINNER’S BAG: Jason Dufner at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans:
Driver: Titleist 910D2 (Mitsubishi Diamana ‘ahina 60X shaft, 9.5 degrees)
Fairway woods: Titleist 910F (13.5 degrees) and 906 F2 (18 degrees)
Hybrids: Titleist 910H (19 degrees)
Irons: Titleist AP2 (4-PW)
Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM4 (54, 60 degrees) 
Putter: Titleist Scotty Cameron Prototype 
Ball: Titleist Pro V1

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