One guy’s loss become a life-changing second for Bob Bettinardi within the run-up to the 2003 U.S. Open. In the second one a part of an interview on GOLF’s Totally Supplied podcast, the founder and proprietor of Bettinardi Golfing recalled a unusual chain of occasions at Olympia Fields Nation Membership that led eventual winner Jim Furyk to make an emergency go back and forth to Bettinardi’s Tinley Park headquarters to discover a new putter.
Simply days ahead of he used to be meant to be at the first tee for the hole spherical in Chicago, the USGA knowledgeable Furyk that the Hog prototype putter he had used to report 3 consecutive top-10 finishes previous to the U.S. Open have been deemed unlawful.
“Jim had heard my industry used to be most effective 25 to 30 mins clear of Olympia Fields,” Bettinardi mentioned. “He got here as much as me round 11 [a.m.] that day and mentioned, ‘Hello, I simply were given notified via the USGA that the putter I’m the usage of now, which used to be some other logo, used to be deemed unlawful.’ He mentioned he had to cross get a putter now.”
In keeping with a Golfweek record from 2003, Dave Billings, founder and CEO of Dogleg Proper, maker of the Hog, had didn’t publish the putter Furyk have been the usage of to the USGA previous to appearing it to Excursion avid gamers. The USGA deemed the mallet to be non-conforming — because of the “simple in form” rule” — for the reason that “tongue at the crown of the putter used to be now not attached to the only.”
Furyk and his father loaded up in Bettinardi’s automobile and made the go back and forth to his facility, the place Furyk proceeded to spend the following seven hours, till nearly eight p.m., trying out other putters ahead of after all selecting a high-MOI mallet that went via the identify “Child Ben.”
“It used to be a wide-body mallet [made from] aluminum — it used to be in fact almost definitely some of the first high-MOI putters ever made. He finally ends up the usage of it and wins the U.S. Open,” Bettinardi mentioned.
Furyk would cross directly to win his most effective primary championship via 3 photographs wielding the “Child Ben” mallet. It used to be a career-defining week for now not most effective Furyk however Bettinardi as neatly, who adopted the 17-time PGA Excursion round Olympia Fields for all 4 rounds, understanding what a win may imply for each.