It’s Been a Hot Summer For Odyssey Putters, Staff Pros

SAAB Wales OpenWhile temperatures have soared across the United States, Odyssey putters have cranked up the heat this summer. The #1 Putter in Golf has recorded 16 worldwide wins, countless clutch moments and two majors over the past two months. Our Staff Pros have reached the winner’s circle and Tour players who aren’t paid to play our putters have triumphed at championshipship events.

Since June 1, Odyssey has scored five victories on the European PGA Tour and four wins on the PGA Tour. Black Series i #1 user Alex Noren has accounted for two of those EPGA wins at the Saab Wales Open and the Nordea Masters. Noren’s grown quite accustomed to final group pairings and pressure situations, and his confidence on Sunday afternoons has been a breath of fresh air. The No. 1 ranked player in the world has also won in Europe this summer with a White Hot XG #7H model.
On the PGA Tour, an Odyssey White Hot #2 user has won two tournaments and jumped to No. 2 in the FedExCup standings. Odyssey’s other two PGA victories during the humid summer have come from first-time winners. Fredrik Jacobson made nearly every birdie putt over the weekend – at least it seemed that way – at the Travelers Championship, where he earned a one-shot win. Odyssey has also captured majors on the Champions Tour (Senior British Open) and the LPGA Tour (U.S. Women’s Open) so far this summer.

Odyssey Wins Senior British Open, Noren Wins in Sweden

Alexander Noren wins European Tour’s Nordea Masters

Odyssey Staff Pro Alexander Noren continued his great play in 2011 with a win in his homeland at the Nordea Masters in Stockholm. It was the Swede’s second victory of the season and the third of his European Tour career. He was 3rd in the field in putts per GIR with an Odyssey Black Series i #1 Putter.
The winner of the Senior British open wins with RAZR Hawk driver and Odyssey putter
The winner of the Senior British Open used an Odyssey Backstryke Marxman putter in his three-shot victory. He told our reps on the Champions Tour that he’s “making everything with the Backstryke Putter.” Odyssey won the putter count at the Senior Open Championship with 45 in play, which was more than 31 percent of the field.

Odyssey wins on the LPGA Tour

The winner of the Evian Masters used an Odyssey White Hot XG Teron putter.

5 of Top-10 Leaders in PGA Tour Scoring Average Use an Odyssey Putter

Talk to any teaching professional in the world about putting and they’ll tell you that a 300-yard drive and a 6-foot putt carry the same weight on your scorecard. Great rounds are built on great putting performances, and this adage holds true in the professional ranks. With so much talent at every Tour stop, the difference between winning a tournament and missing the cut often comes down to a few shots per round. The key is to make putts, and that’s exactly what Odyssey users have done this year.

Five of the top-10 leaders in PGA Tour scoring average are using an Odyssey putter. The leader in scoring average plays our putter for free, and has won two tournaments this year. Odyssey Staff Pros Phil Mickelson and Fredrick Jacobson also rank in the top-10, and they’ve both won PGA Tour events in 2011. Here are the Odyssey putters these scoring leaders are playing in competition.

PGA Tour Scoring Average
1. White Hot #2 Putter
3. White Hot XG #7H
6. White Ice Dart Long Putter
8. (Fredrick Jacobson) Black Series i #1
10. (Phil Mickelson) Black Series TD #9

Odyssey Pros Mickelson & Bjorn Crack Top 4 at Open Championship

Golf Putters In a quest to become the “Champion Golfer of 2011,” a pair of Odyssey staffers made things interesting on Sunday at Royal St. George’s. (Is every golf course “Royal” in the UK? Royal Lytham next year. Royaaal with Cheese, etc.) Phil Mickelson finished T2nd at 2-under-par and played the first seven holes in 5-under. Bjorn, the first-round leader, finished solo 4th at 1-under-par. Mickelson played a Black Series Tour Designs #9 Putter while Bjorn played a Black Series ix-1 model.


Odyssey #1 at The Open Championship
One week after grabbing wins on the PGA, LPGA and European tours, Odyssey was the most used putter in the field at the Open Championship. There were 52 Odyssey putters in play, which was exactly 1/3 of the field. That’s 33.3% for those of you not riveted by fractions. Odyssey European tour rep Seamus Sweeney reports that Odyssey had users from 17 different nations using 32 different models. 47 blokes chose an insert. Odyssey was also No. 1 at the Masters.

Blissful weather blesses The Viking Classic on the PGA Tour
Due to the perfect seasonal temps (for hell) in Mississippi in mid-July, the PGA Tour stages The Viking Classic there. It was, in the words of Cosmo Kramer, “like a sauna in there.” Temps were over 100 degrees with humidity in the 90% range. The temperature in hell probably seems like summer in Sandwich, England by these standards…because hell is a ‘dry heat.’ At any rate, Odyssey putters still performed. There were two 62s shot this week in Mississippi using Odyssey putters, one with a White Hot XG#7M and one with a D.A.R.T. Mallet.
Probably because the players wanted to get off the course as fast as possible.

Special note: We’d like to acknowledge Odyssey Facebook fans Ian Thorne and Cathy Boyce.Ian and Cathy both posted on our wall that Phil Mickelson would have the best finish among Odyssey Staff Pros at the Open Championship.

Odyssey #1 in Wins on the PGA and EPGA Tours

Odyssey PuttersThe #1 Putter in Golf is also #1 in wins on the European and PGA Tours this year. Odyssey added to its strong 2011 win total with victories on both of these tours over the weekend. The No. 1 player in the world cruised past a strong field in Scotland while the No. 5 ranked player in golf won the John Deere Classic in dramatic fashion.

Over in Europe, The No. 1 ranked player in the world putted beautifully during his convincing victory at the Barclays Scottish Open. He posted a bogey-free final round 63 to finish 19-under for the rain shortened 54-hole event with an Odyssey White Hot XG #7H model. The Odyssey user jumped out to a fast start on Sunday with four consecutive birdies on holes 3-6.
His shot of the day came on No. 4, where he nailed an uphill 25-foot birdie try that included at least two feet of break from right-to-left. The Odyssey user opened with 31 on the front nine and then sprinkled in four impressive birdies on the back side. No one seriously challenged him over the final hour as he rolled to a four-shot win.
This was his third victory of the year – all three of them have come with an Odyssey White Hot XG #7H Putter. He currently sits in first place on the European Tour’s Race to Dubai standings. Odyssey putters hold a strong lead with 10 victories on the European PGA Tour this year.
On the PGA Tour, the winner of the John Deere Classic holed a 25-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole to win by a shot. He used an Odyssey White Hot #2 Putter during the event, and moved to No. 2 in the FedExCup standings with his second win of the season. He has now won the John Deere Classic three years in a row. Odyssey now shares the lead in PGA Tour putter wins with 9 victories this year.
Trailing by two shots with two holes to play, the Odyssey user birdied the par-5 17th to pull within one. After the leader bogeyed No. 18, the Odyssey user knocked in a birdie try from just off the back edge of the green. His ball dropped in over the left side of the cup, leading to a deafening roar from the supportive gallery.
“Unbelievable week and unbelievable finish,” he said at the trophy presentation. Asked what he was thinking over the final putt, the Odyssey user replied, “I was thinking of making it. I really was.”

U.S. Women’s Open Victory Marks Second Major Win For Odyssey This Season

We’ve all been there on the practice green, with the dream scenario playing out in our heads again and again. “This 6-footer for birdie and the U.S. Open,” we whisper to ourselves in our best television announcer voice. It’s the putt we all dream about at the range or as we watch our favorite Tour Pros come down the stretch on Sunday at a major.

Sure, the do-or-die putt sounds like fun on a quiet practice green, but it’s a completely different monster for the lucky few who actually take on the tough championship putts. An Odyssey user faced the once-in-a lifetime 6-footer on the 72nd hole at the U.S. Women’s Open, and confidently buried the most important putt of her life.
The winner of the U.S. Women’s Open birdied the final hole in regulation to force a 3-hole playoff, and then birdied two of the three playoff holes to capture her first career major championship. She made crucial putts and clinched the most prestigious trophy in women’s golf with an Odyssey TriHot 3 Putter. The Odyssey user carded rounds of 74-69-69-69 to finish 3-under for the event. Her clutch play capped off a grueling week filled with choppy weather and dramatic runs.
Several weather delays forced the last several groups to finish on Monday morning, with the tournament leader already in the clubhouse at 3-under. The Odyssey TriHot 3 user stood one shot off the lead with two holes to play on Monday morning, and stuck an iron shot to 6-feet on the 18th green. With the tournament on the line, she slammed her birdie try into the back of the cup.
Her momentum continued through the 3-hole playoff, where she birdied the second hole to take a two-shot lead and knocked in another birdie on the third hole for good measure. The U.S. Women’s Open win marks the second major championship for Odyssey users this year; the winner of the Senior PGA Championship played a White Hot XG #7 Putter during his victory in May.

Triple Crown Weekend for Odyssey Golf Putters

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Triple Crown

Yessir, that was a horse-racing analogy I just made. But there will be no mentions of Go For Gin, Sunday Silence, Alysheba or even Sea Biscuit here…we’re talking victories by humans using Odyssey putters. (Besides, an equine animal—being a quadruped with no opposable thumbs and all—would have a hard time using even a lengthy Belly Putter, one would think.) But I digress…let’s get to the golf news.

The winners of the U.S. Women’s Open, the PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic and the European Tour’s Barclays Scottish Open all won with an Odyssey flat stick in their hands. Literally, when they won, they had the putter in their hands.

The best part (sort of) is that I can’t tell you who they are because all of these players CHOOSE to use an Odyssey putter; none are paid endorsers.

NOTES

Here’s the 411 on Odyssey’s 3-win weekend

Odyssey wins John Deere Classic with Odyssey White Hot #2 Putter; Winner leads field in putting stats

This week’s PGA Tour winner made it 9 PGA Tour wins this season for Odyssey putters when he captured his third consecutive John Deere Classic on Sunday using the Odyssey White Hot #2 Putter. He led the field with a putts per round average of 25, and also led in putts per GIR (averaging 1.547). He ended things with a masterful winning putt from the fringe. For his efforts he won a new John Deere Select Series X700 Tractor, which features a smooth-running engine with reliable V-twin liquid-cooled design, a Hydrostatic convenient drive system and Twin Touch foot control. It retails for $10,500.
(I totally fabricated that. I don’t think he won a mower. I’m pretty sure he can afford to hire a kid in the neighborhood to cut the lawn now.)

Women's Putter

Odyssey putter wins U.S. Women’s Open in a playoff

The winner of the U.S. Women’s Open, which finished up this morning, used an Odyssey TriHot 3 Putter to capture her first career major. She birdied the 72nd hole to force a three-hole aggregate playoff and won the playoff with two birdies. The 3rd place finisher used an Odyssey White Hot XG Marxman Putter.

World No. 1 player uses Odyssey putter to win in Europe

The No 1. ranked player in the world used an Odyssey White Hot XG #7 putter to take the Barclays Scottish Open. Unfortunately for him, the tournament is not sponsored by John Deere so he did not receive a tractor. He got a free copy of the “Braveheart” DVD and a plaid kilt. (Aren’t all kilts plaid, generally speaking? Rhetorical question. Just talking out loud here.)

Odyssey users dominating the FedExCup points standings
Odyssey putter users now hold three of the top four positions on the FedExCup points list and five of the top 10.

Switch to D.A.R.T. Putter changes one player’s travel plans….and improves his bank statement

 

A PGA Tour player never to be named finished tied for fifth at the John Deere Classic (he only gets a free fertilizer spreader) using his OdysseyD.A.R.T. Mallet Mid. This player has three consecutive top-5s with the D.A.R.T Mallet Mid putter; and those are his best finishes of the season. He also earned a spot in the field of this week’s Open Championship with his recent play. This week at TPC Deere Run he tied for 3rd in the field in putts per round, with an average of 27. Since switching to the D.A.R.T. Mallet Mid at the Byron Nelson Championship, he has finished T20, T22, T3, T3 and T5. What are you waiting for? Get your D.A.R.T. on!

Odyssey wins putter count at U.S. Women’s Open

There were 57 Odyssey putters in the field at the U.S. Women’s Open. That represented 36.5% of the players in the field and more than any other manufacturer.

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Next week! Special Guest Appearance from ——–
The staff of From the Tee will be two-strong next week as we get a one-time appearance from a very special guest. Think of it like a concert where the marquee says, “U2…with special guest Cheap Trick.” (Only, in this case, the lead act is not as great as U2, and hopefully this special guest will be better than Cheap Trick. So, overall, things will be about average.) A hint: he is being brought in to put a decidedly English spin on From the Tee following this week’s Open-faced Sandwich (get it?). He was trying out his jokes earlier today on the early morning crowd at Denny’s. Word has it, they are a polite audience and he wanted to ease into the role. At least there will be no horse racing jokes. And I’m looking forward to him turning all my Zs into Ss and doing the “ou” thing. (Realise. Colour. Etc.)