There is no mistaking D.A. Points’ golf ball this week. He scribbles his daughter’s initials above the Titleist logo. He draws orange and blue lines for the University of Illinois, his alma mater. And he writes little notes to himself: I am a solid putter I trust my stroke Not perfect, but effective Friday at the PGA Championship, on a day when Atlanta Athletic Club yielded few low scores, Points’ message was most apt: Keep it stress-free. That wasn’t exactly the case “about 18 minutes” before his 9 a.m. tee time Friday, when he was finishing his warm-up on the range. “I was hitting it crooked,” Points, 34, said. “I was making what I felt like good swings, and they were just big bananas (slices) to the right.” His left wrist was “cuppy.” He was coming underneath on his downswing, his shoulders were flying open, his clubface was wide-open at impact. Those issues were soon resolved, albeit with little time to spare. Five hours later, you can throw another Midwesterner into the mix here at the PGA Championship. Points dropped a shot on the final hole but fired a 3-under 67 to move into a tie for third, at 4-… Read full this story
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