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.
|Philadelphia - WP: R. Hernandez||2||FINAL|
|Washington - LP: D. Fister||1|
|Seattle - LP: R. Elias||1||FINAL|
|Baltimore - WP: W. Chen||2|
|Texas - LP: J. Williams||2||FINAL|
|Cleveland - WP: D. Salazar||12|
|Colorado - LP: F. Morales||2||FINAL|
|Detroit - WP: J. Verlander||4|
|Cincinnati - WP: M. Latos||5||FINAL|
|Miami - LP: J. Cosart||2|
|San Francisco - WP: R. Vogelsong||5||FINAL|
|NY Mets - LP: J. Niese||1|
|LA Angels - WP: M. Shoemaker||5||FINAL|
|Tampa Bay - LP: J. Hellickson||3|
|NY Yankees - LP: C. Capuano||3||FINAL|
|Boston - WP: A. Ranaudo||4|
|Minnesota - LP: C. Fien||8||FINAL|
|Chicago WSox - WP: J. Guerra||10|
|Toronto - LP: A. Loup||1||FINAL|
|Houston - WP: J. Veras||3|
|Milwaukee - WP: W. Peralta||7||FINAL|
|St. Louis - LP: A. Wainwright||4|
|Kansas City - WP: J. Guthrie||1||FINAL|
|Oakland - LP: S. Gray||0|
|Pittsburgh - WP: T. Watson||9||FINAL|
|Arizona - LP: B. Schultz||4|
|Atlanta - LP: M. Minor||1||FINAL|
|San Diego - WP: E. Stults||10|
|Chicago Cubs - WP: K. Hendricks||8||FINAL|
|Los Angeles - LP: D. Haren||2|
|NY Giants||8/3/14 7:00 PM|
|Indianapolis||8/7/14 6:00 PM|
|San Francisco||8/7/14 6:30 PM|
|New England||8/7/14 6:30 PM|
|Cincinnati||8/7/14 7:00 PM|
|Seattle||8/7/14 8:00 PM|
|Dallas||8/7/14 9:00 PM|
|Sporting Kansas City||1|
|Saskatchewan||8/7/14 7:30 PM|
|Edmonton||8/8/14 6:00 PM|
|Hamilton||8/8/14 9:00 PM|
|Ottawa||8/9/14 6:30 PM|
|Winnipeg||8/12/14 6:30 PM|