Abraham Ancer finishes solo-second, his highest on the PGA TOUR
August 13, 2019
By Andrew Tursky, PGATOUR.COM
- The final round of THE NORTHERN TRUST was Abraham Ancer's third competitive round with the putter. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
MEDINAH, Ill. – Abraham Ancer made a putt that was worth $308,333 on hole No. 18 on Sunday at THE NORTHERN TRUST to finish in solo second place. Even though it was the fourth and final round of the event, it was only Ancer’s third competitive round ever using the putter.
Before the event started, Ancer switched out of an Odyssey White Hot Pro No. 5 putter model -- with a “butane” finish -- that he had used throughout the summer. He switched into a new Odyssey White Hot No. 7 model, which was equipped with a Stroke Lab putter shaft – a multi-material construction instead of the steel shaft he used prior.
Ancer told PGATOUR.COM that he was hitting the ball so well and putting so poorly with the new No. 7 putter in his first round of THE NORTHERN TRUST that he decided to switch putters for the second round. Instead of going back to his old No. 5 putter, however, he switched into a new No. 5 with a different finish that was also equipped with a Stroke Lab shaft.
According to an Odyssey putter representative, the new No. 5 head is slightly heavier than the old No. 5 head due to the weight distribution of the shaft, and the new black-and-blue colorway matches Ancer’s Porsche car. Aside from those minor changes, the putter is a replica of his old No. 5 model.
That wasn’t the only switch that Ancer made prior to the tournament, though.
Prior to THE NORTHERN TRUST, Ancer was using a Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero three-diamond prototype driver equipped with a Mitsubishi Tensei White shaft. While he stuck with the same driver head, he changed in a Mitsubishi Tensei Blue shaft.
The change may seem subtle, but Ancer said the switch from Tensei White to Tensei Blue allowed him to turn the ball over from left-to-right a bit easier, rather than the ball staying out to the right.
The driver change also worked. Ancer ended up finishing first in Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee on the week.