Why Si Woo Kim Was Putting With A 3-Wood At The Masters

The South Korean was putting with his 3-wood for the final four holes of his second round at the Masters

Why Si Woo Kim Was Putting With A 3-Wood At The Masters

The South Korean was putting with his 3-wood for the final four holes of his second round at the Masters

Why Si Woo Kim Was Putting With A 3-Wood At The Masters

Normally when a player is three-under for their round through 14 holes at the Masters and inside the top-10 nearing the halfway point, there's no cause to be upset.

But try telling that to Si Woo Kim.

After actually getting quite a lucky break on the 15th, he slammed his putter into the front bank that guards the green as he lined up a birdie - yes, birdie - putt.

Such was the force applied that the shaft buckled, without snapping, meaning he felt he could no longer use the club for the remainder of the round.

Instead, Kim opted to wield his 3-wood on the treacherous Augusta greens, as can be seen below:

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But what do the rules say?

Well, according to section four that covers "The Player's Equipment", Kim could have still used the putter had he wanted to.

Related: Si Woo Kim What's In The Bag?

It is a rule that changed in 2019, with Kim's particular situation covered by Rule 4.1a(2), which states the following:

"Use or Repair of Club Damaged During Round. If a conforming club is damaged during a round or while play is stopped under Rule 5.7a, the player normally must not replace it with another club. (For a limited exception when the player did not cause the damage, see Rule 4.1b(3)).

"But no matter what the nature or cause of the damage, the damaged club is treated as conforming for the rest of the round (but not during a play-off in stroke play, which is a new round).

"For the rest of the round, the player may:

  • Continue to make strokes with the damaged club, or
  • The player must not unreasonably delay play (see Rule 5.6a), and
  • Any damage that existed before the round must not be repaired.

“'Damaged during a round' means when the club’s performance characteristics are changed because of any act during the round (including while play is stopped under Rule 5.7a), whether:

  • By the player (such as making a stroke or practice swing with the club, putting it in or taking it out of a golf bag, dropping or leaning on it, or throwing or abusing it), or
  • By any other person, outside influence or natural forces."

Luckily for the South Korean, he was able to close out his round without any disasters and will tee off in one of the final groups on Saturday at the Masters, we assume with a new putter. How the other half live, eh?

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Andrew Wright
Staff Writer

A lifelong golf fan, Andy graduated in 2019 with a degree in Sports Journalism and got his first role in the industry as the Instruction Editor for National Club Golfer. From there, he went on to enjoy a spell freelancing for Stats Perform producing football reports, and then for RacingNews365 covering Formula 1. However, he couldn't turn down the opportunity to get back into the sport he grew up watching and playing and now covers a mixture of equipment, instruction and news for Golf Monthly's website and print title.

Andy took up the game at the age of seven and even harboured ambitions of a career in the professional ranks for a spell. That didn’t pan out, but he still enjoys his weekend golf at Royal Troon and holds a scratch handicap. As a side note, he's made five holes-in-one and could quite possibly be Retief Goosen’s biggest fan.

As well as the above, some of Andy's work has featured on websites such as goal.com, dailyrecord.co.uk, and theopen.com.

What's in Andy's bag?

Driver: Callaway Mavrik Sub-Zero (9°)

3-wood: TaylorMade M1 (15°)

Driving iron: Titleist U500 (17°)

Irons: Callaway Apex Pro '19 (4-PW)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM9 (50°, 54° and 58°)

Putter: Titleist Scotty Cameron Newport 2.5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1