What putter controversy?
Much of the the talk on the PGA Tour and the Champions Tour in recent weeks has centered around the possible – and some say unfair - advantage players receive with the use of belly putters and long-stick putters.
Hogwash. Steve Pate switched from his belly putter back to his traditional putter for this week’s 3M Championship at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine. He shot a 7-under-par 65 in the opening round to join Chien Soon Lu, Peter Senior and Gil Morgan in the clubhouse atop the leaderboard with about a quarter of the field still on the course as of 3:50 p.m.
Pate rolled five birdies in a row on the front nine – one from 40 feet – and added another 35-footer on No. 14 to highlight his round.
Morgan shot his age for the second time on the Champions Tour. He fired a 64 last year in the Toshiba Classic.
Check back to startribune.com for updates on the 3M Championship throughout today and the rest of the weekend.
for the tournament leaderboard.
|Los Angeles - LP: Z. Greinke||1||FINAL|
|Detroit - WP: M. Scherzer||4|
|San Diego - LP: J. Benoit||3||FINAL|
|Colorado - WP: B. Logan||6|
|Toronto - LP: A. Loup||7||FINAL|
|LA Angels - WP: J. Grilli||8|
|Miami - LP: S. Cishek||3||FINAL|
|Arizona - WP: B. Ziegler||4|
|Washington - WP: D. Fister||6||FINAL|
|Baltimore - LP: B. Norris||2|
|NY Yankees - WP: C. Whitley||5||FINAL|
|Cleveland - LP: V. Pestano||4|
|Atlanta - LP: E. Santana||1||FINAL|
|NY Mets - WP: D. Gee||4|
|Chicago Cubs - LP: D. Beeler||1||FINAL|
|Cincinnati - WP: A. Simon||4|
|Chicago WSox - LP: J. Guerra||4||FINAL|
|Boston - WP: K. Uehara||5|
|Kansas City - WP: A. Crow||5||FINAL|
|Tampa Bay - LP: K. Yates||4|
|Houston - WP: D. Keuchel||8||FINAL|
|Texas - LP: Y. Darvish||4|
|Philadelphia - WP: R. Hernandez||4||FINAL|
|Milwaukee - LP: K. Lohse||1|
|Pittsburgh - LP: B. Cumpton||2||FINAL|
|St. Louis - WP: L. Lynn||5|
|Minnesota - WP: K. Gibson||8||FINAL|
|Seattle - LP: R. Elias||1|
|Oakland - LP: J. Hammel||2||FINAL|
|San Francisco - WP: M. Cain||5|
|Winnipeg||7/11/14 6:00 PM|
|Ottawa||7/11/14 9:00 PM|
|Calgary||7/12/14 5:30 PM|
|Brt Columbia||7/12/14 8:30 PM|
|Edmonton||7/17/14 7:30 PM|
|Toronto||7/18/14 6:00 PM|
|Hamilton||7/18/14 9:00 PM|
|Montreal||7/19/14 6:00 PM|