Why was Justin Thomas using Rickie Fowler's putter?

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By : BGA Proshop

Making the cut for golf tournament can earn you thousands of dollars especially on the PGA Tour. So what do you do when a follow competitor in the field helps you make the cut so you have a chance to win the tournament?

As a golfer I am sure we have all had days where you are standing on the driving range or putting green and your own equipment doesn’t feel quite right. Us mere mortals will just get on with it but for Justin Thomas who took it one step further at the Wells Fargo Championship, the one that Jason Day won, to play better.

After a disappointing opening round of 2 over 73, Thomas was upset with his putting. He went to the putting green after the round to work on it but his putter didn’t feel right so we went to his back up putter. The backup didn’t feel right either, so he asked fellow playing partner and one of his best mates, Rickie Fowler whether he had a spare putter he could borrow. Fowler was more than happy to help and handed his own back up putter. Fowler uses a custom Scotty Cameron Newport 2 with his name stamped on the back but that didn’t bother Thomas who needed to try something different.

“I putted so terribly,” Thomas said. “It was that desperate in terms of how I was feeling over the putter.”   

Thomas went on to shoot a two under 69 which helped him to easily make the cut over the weekend.

“I didn’t actually see him until about 10 minutes before our tee time and he said he was going with it,” Fowler said. “I told him after he hit his first tee shot, ‘Well, you’re kind of stuck now.”

Both Thomas and Fowler finished the weekend at 2 under for the tournament, tied for 21st and collected $77 000 USD each. That is what friends are for right?
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