8/6/2014: Marco Dawson finished tied for third. He shot 63 the first day. This is his first year on the Champions Tour. He has 3 top tens in the Majors. He has won $421,461 so far this year. This exceeds the sum of the last three years of $393,816. Oh yes, he uses the grooved putter grip.
Fred Funk put on the new Tour prototype 44 gram putter grip and had 15 birdies in 3 rounds and 67 on last day with no bogies. Hal Sutton put he same grip on putter for first time and shot 14 birdies in the 3 rounds. Many other players asked for the grip. Their age group was used to a 350 gram Anser look alike putter head and a 60 gram grip. In recent years, the companies have gone to 400 gram heads and 90 to 100 gram grips. This is akin to holding a stove pipe attached to a sledge hammer. So when this age group saw the return to tradition, they embraced the idea. We put the feel back in the putter. They could fell the putter head at impact and liked it.