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Kids and vets tweak their games in an effort to claim the season's final major

Originally Published: August 2, 2011
By Evan Rotham | ESPN The Magazine

This story appears in the Aug. 8 issue of ESPN The Magazine.

AFTER A SUNDAY MELTDOWN that cost him this year's Masters, Rory McIlroy knew he needed help. He'd four-putted the par-3 12th hole on his way to a humiliating final-round 80, and his flatstick needed fixing. He hired putting guru Dave Stockton Sr., who saw a solution: Raise Rory's left hand to keep his wrist solid through impact. "The lower the hands are, the more putts go left, and that's where most of Rory's misses ...

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