Watching yesterday's Compaq Classic in New Orlean's reminded me of Compaq's World Putting Championship back in '96 & '97 featuring a first prize of $250,000! The search was on for the world's best putter, worldwide, and anyone could compete, amateurs as well as professionals. For several months, many local and regional putting contests were held and eventually the finals were at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. ESPN televised some of the early competition as well as the finals. Many of today's PGA Tour professionals competed and I believe that some amateurs did reach the finals; however, the '96 winner was current PGA Tour professional, Len Mattiace. Does anyone, amateur or professional, recall the event?...compete in the event?... or reach the finals in Florida?
The Putting Edge
Elk Grove, CA USA
The 1996 WPC won by Len Mattiace gave him a lot of exposure. On my Tips page, I have a link to a tip from Mattiace that came from his Golf Magazine article about the win.
The WPC was run by Pelz. You can find more info on http://www.pelzgolf.com I believe, unless it is no longer in operation. Or try searching http://www.google.com for "World putting championship".
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