Webb Simpson was so determined to switch to a conventional putting style that he broke his belly putter over his knee so he could never use it again. He might be the most surprised of anyone to be tied for the lead Friday in the Sony Open.
You can't win them all, but Rory McIlroy had gone three straight tournaments with victories until the Barclays. If he can figure out that pesky putter, a new run could start at TPC Boston, writes ESPN.com's Bob Harig.
Phil Mickelson's quest for the fourth leg of the career Grand Slam got off to a decent start Thursday, an even-par 70 at Pinehurst No. 2 that left the five-time major champion in good position after his first round at the U.S. Open.