Will Zalatoris’ Putting Stroke Goes Viral For All Of The Wrong Reasons

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It’s pretty tough to make a living on the PGA Tour if you’re not really, really, really ridiculously good at golf. With that said, even some of the best players in the world have some fairly notable shortcomings.

That includes Will Zalatoris, who is currently sitting in the seventh spot in the World Golf Rankings following a 2022 campaign that saw him finish second at the PGA Championship and U.S. Open before securing his first tournament win as a pro at the St. Jude’s Championship.

Zalatoris received a congratulatory message from Adam Sandler following that victory, and while he may be the spitting image of the wiry caddy in Happy Gilmore, he (unfortunately) has a bit more in common with the main character than he’d likely prefer.

During the previous PGA Tour season, Zalatoris was ranked 13th in average driving distance and 8th when it comes to the golfers who hit the most greens in regulation. However, his performance on those greens left plenty to be desired, as he was ranked 103rd in that particular category.

You don’t need to spend a ton of time analyzing his mechanics to figure out why that’s the case, as the impressively shaky putting stroke that went viral during the U.S. Open is fairly emblematic of his woes.

When that clip made the rounds, many people initially dismissed that as a case of the yips. However, based on another video that came out of the Farmers Insurance Open on Thursday, it seems like Zalatoris has been able to able to rake in over $13 million on the PGA Tour in spite of a putting stroke that leaves plenty to be desired.

Zalatoris failed to make the cut after posting a 77 on Thursday, and while his track record still speaks for itself, you do have to wonder how good he’d be if was able to firm up that aspect of his game.

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Connor Toole is the Deputy Editor at BroBible. He is a New England native who went to Boston College and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY. Frequently described as "freakishly tall," he once used his 6'10" frame to sneak in the NBA Draft and convince people he was a member of the Utah Jazz.