Kristoffer Broberg wasn't happy with his putting last week when he was practicing at home in Sweden, so he made an abrupt change. He looked in his coach's wife's bag and decided to give her putter a try.
Sunday, Broberg made the biggest putt of his career to beat Patrick Reed in a playoff to win the BMW Masters for his first European Tour title. Broberg and Reed both finished regulation play at 17-under 271 after an afternoon of fine shot-making and dramatic momentum shifts that saw five players briefly share the lead on the back nine. In the playoff, the Swede hit his tee shot straight down the fairway for an easy approach to the pin and a 15-foot birdie putt for victory. "Last week, in my coach's studio in Sweden, I was putting indoors and was like I'm not putting good, so I just look in my coach's wife's bag," he said. "So I just tried (her putter) and the stroke was much, much better and the technique, so I just keep it. And it was pretty good."
Broberg certainly made the putts when it mattered on Sunday, while his rivals came up just short.
Reed surged into a share of the lead with the shot of the day a stunning eagle from the bunker on the par-5 15th and then birdied the 16th hole to move one stroke clear of Broberg. But he faltered on his next hole, missing a 4-foot par putt that caught the edge of the hole and curled away.
For Broberg, the victory comes at just the right moment. He'd had three runner-up finishes on the European Tour over the past three years and was starting to doubt whether he'd ever get a breakthrough win.