Tiger Woods returned to action this week at Medinah for the BMW Championship, the second FedEx Cup Playoff event. Last week, at the Northern Trust, Woods withdrew himself from the tournament after the first round due to an oblique strain. Woods has made a decent start to the tournament, shooting a one-under 71, but he'll need to shoot lower than that on Friday if he is to work his way up the leaderboard.
On Wednesday, Woods was playing in the BMW Pro-Am, where his playing partner, Aaron Busse, caught the attention of the spectators when he was seen putting using his wedge throughout the entirety of his round.
Tiger Woods' pro-am partner putts with a wedge.— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) August 14, 2019
When you're walking them in, why not? pic.twitter.com/6bp3qgToNh
Bizarrely, this wasn't due to having a broken putter or no putter for that matter, Busse was using his wedge to putt with by choice. According to Golf Channel's Will Gray, Busse would practice thinning wedges to stop himself from coming across the ball. With the amount of practice that Busse had put into consistently thinning his wedge, it somehow made it into his putting stroke.
So this is a new one. Aaron Busse playing with Tiger today in BMW pro-am and putting with a wedge. Says he’s been doing it for 8 years. Started as a swing drill to avoid swiping across it and he’s been bellying the 60-degree ever since. pic.twitter.com/cMMURqAQaW— Will Gray (@WillGrayGC) August 14, 2019
Blading a wedge from just off of the green is a very common shot to play. It takes out any spin and gets the ball rolling towards the hole quickly, but with enough zip and speed to make its way through the fringe, or even thicker rough that you might find in front of you.
Using a wedge on the practice greens is a known drill to help you hit the putter off of the sweet spot, but I can't say I've ever seen someone enjoy it so much that they transition it onto the course.