Rose Zhang revealed a midseason snafu last year that helped explain why her momentum slowed down after four top-10 finishes in her first five starts as a professional, including a victory. Simply put: Her dad left her putter on a train in London. It didn’t have her name on it, though there was an Evian head cover on it.
“From then on, even at AIG (Women’s British Open), I could not putt because the specs were wrong, the putter was an inch shorter, wrong shaft. Every weight was wrong. So I just didn’t know where the putter was going to go,” said Zhang.
“Throughout the season obviously everyone is talking about my putting, how it low-key deteriorated. And it was because it was hard for me to visualize the putts going in again.”
At the Grant Thornton Invitational, where she finally had a replica of the putter she’d used for two years to basically win everything in amateur golf, she noticed – after the round – that the face had been altered during travel.
An exasperated Zhang said she couldn’t look at that Odyssey O-Works putter again and decided to go in a difference direction.
“We’re slowly getting there,” said Zhang, who opened with a 3-under 69. “I’m very grateful for the experience. It just reminds me to check, check, check.”