Poulter: Spieth could be 'best ever putter'

Ryder Cup talisman says pros are envious of 22-year-old's prowess on the greens

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Tue, 28 Jul 2015

Poulter: Spieth could be 'best ever putter'

Ian Poulter thinks Jordan Spieth could go down as the best putter in the history of the sport. 

Spieth, 22, won the first two majors of the year, but his quest to become the first player to win all four majors in a calendar year fell short at the Open after he finished a stroke outside the play-off. 

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The world number two, who would have replaced Rory McIlroy at the top of the rankings had he won at St Andrews, leads the PGA Tour in putting average (1.693), putts per round (27.88) and putts holed from 20-25 feet (28.85). He is second for lag putting (1 feet, 11 inches) and one-putt percentage (43.79%). 

“Statistically he’s the best putter in the game and he may go down as the best anyone has ever seen,” the European Ryder Cup hero told Reuters.

“I don’t believe we’ve seen statistics on putting like we’ve seen from Jordan. If you look at the percentage of putts he holes from 25 feet, it’s remarkable.

"That’s generally the distance you hit it to when you are playing well. It’s an amazing percentage of putts that he holes and we all want that sort of putting stroke.”  

After Spieth's near miss at the Home of Golf, the Texan said he is hoping to emulate Tiger Woods by winning a third major in a year at the US PGA Championship.

 

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