Mark Hubbard had already guaranteed an early exit on Friday in the American Express and decided to have a little fun on his last hole of the tournament. When Hubbard set up a 4-foot par putt on the ninth hole of PGA West’s Nicklaus championship course, he broke out « The Snail ».
What exactly is « The Snail » you ask? The unorthodox putting punch that Hubbard invented at college in the state of San Jose is almost a kind of dance move and involves Hubbard striking the putt with his right little finger, which is wrapped around the shaft just inches above the ground / p> « You really have to sell that you have a normal stroke, look really focused and determined, and get in there at the last second, » Hubbard told PGATour.com’s Kevin Prize. « Kind of like Jack Parkman from Major League 2 playing on the home plate. »
But is it legal? According to Jordan Harris, official PGA Tour representative, « The Snail » does not anchor or break rule 10.1b.
« He’s in good shape there, » Harris told Prize. “It’s just a strange way.”
Hubbard had competed The Snail on both the PGA and Korn Ferry tours, but this was the first time television cameras had caught him in the act . Unfortunately for Hubbard, he didn’t take this time around, missed the par putt and settled for bogey and a second round of 76. « It usually does pretty automatic putt within 5 feet, » said Hubbard. « I’m a little disappointed that I missed this one. I don’t miss too many of the ones with » The Snail « . »
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