Jan
7
2011
Missing Putter? No Big Deal for Appleby. (Update)
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Stuart Appleby is the only player to have won the Tournament of Champions three times at Kapalua

Before the first round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, Stuart Appleby and his caddie Scott Sajtinac discovered the putter was missing. Luckily, Appleby isn’t neurotic about his equipment. As a three-time champion of the event at Kapalua’s Plantation Course, he also feels comfortable on the greens.

“I tried to come up with a million ideas of what we may have done with the putter,” said Appleby after he shot a three-under 69 on Thursday. “I just said [to Matt Judy, one of my reps], get me an Odyssey putter and I’ll know what to do. It’s different, but the same. I putted pretty well.”

Appleby played with a Two-Ball Odyssey putter for the first time in competition. He usually uses a mallet.

“You can kick and scream, but there’s not much you can do,” said Appleby. “I had to have faith in it.”

He practiced with the Two-Ball for about ten minutes before teeing off.

“I’ll keep that the rest of the week; it worked well today,” said Appleby smiling.

What if his putter miraculously is returned?

“Now I’ll be screwed if you give me options,” he joked. “I don’t tinker around much…sometimes it’s like looking at two hot twins and you pick one, but you’re not sure why [you like one more].”

The stolen putter was the one he played with when he shot 59 at the Greenbrier Classic last August.

“Maybe that’s why it magically disappeared.”

Update: Appleby has been reunited with his old putter. Golf Channel’s Jerry Foltz tweets: