The power of the putter: Clark’s 42 foot putt shows why putting is crucial in golf and Card Golf Tour

AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am | Nick Sahrmann

In order to score well on the course, a golfer must understand their odds of hitting a successful shot. The same can be said at the card table. A player must be able to recognize the situation they are in, and how they can maximize each of their turns based on their odds.  
You can play the odds in Card Golf Tour just like you can play the odds on the golf course. From week to week, we will share examples of pros playing the odds during the week’s professional golf tournament. Then we will review how you can play similar odds during your next round of Card Golf Tour.  

Pro Example
This week’s edition of Playing The Odds highlights Wyndham Clark’s 6th hole in his third round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am at Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, CA. Clark picked up momentum on this hole with a 42 foot eagle putt – on his way to a course record round of 60. He would eventually go on to win the tournament after inclement weather conditions led to the tournament being called after only three rounds.
Usually when you have a 40+ foot putt after hitting the green in two on a par 5, you will hit a lag putt in hopes of giving yourself a tap in birdie. However, sometimes the lag putt turns into a made putt – as was the case for Clark on hole #6. Check out the video of Clark’s putt here.  

Card Golf Tour Example
Here is what Clark’s eagle putt could have looked like in Card Golf Tour. As he lined up his putt, Clark’s Card Golf Tour hand looked like this:

He had a total of zero points as he lined up his eagle putt.  If his two remaining cards combined for a negative point total (such as a driver for -2 points and a 1 iron, for a total of -1 points) he would have a birdie. Clark struck his 42 foot putt right on line, and half way to the hole he may have thought it had a chance to go in for an eagle. In Card Golf Tour he would have turned over a -5 point Putter to give him a total of -5 points and a chance for eagle (if his remaining card was another -5 point Putter).

The only card that would get him the eagle was another -5 point Putter. The odds were low as only one Putter remained in the deck. However, Clark had the perfect pace and line on his putt and it found the bottom of the cup for an eagle – as though he turned over the -5 point green Putter for a -10 point total and an eagle in Card Golf Tour.  Here is what his final hand looked like for the -10 point eagle:

Join us next week as we play the odds at the WM Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale in Scottsdale, AZ.

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