CROMWELL, Conn. – Rory McIlroy attacked the practice green with an assortment of putters prior to Saturday’s third round of the Travelers Championship.
The 28-year-old Irishman was lucky to even have another round at TPC River Highlands after bogeying two of the final three holes and squeezing in at the even cutline.
“I’m trying to knock a little rust out of my game,” he said after a 3-over second round on Friday.
In the third round at TPC, McIlroy looked to polish up his game with a different putter in his bag. After testing four models in his pre-round routine, gone was the spider model, which he used to finish 114th in strokes gained putting (which measures the number of putts a golfer takes relative to the PGA Tour average) on Friday.In its place, he went to work with a half-mallet putter that produced similar results to his previous one.
“I saw him with three or four on the putting green before I went…