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Loren Roberts returns to Toshiba

Last year's Toshiba Classic champion takes pride in his background, coming from the pro shop and onto the PGA Tour.

March 08, 2013|By Steve Virgen
  • Loren Roberts pumps his fist after sinking a five-foot birdie putt on No. 18 to win the Toshiba Classic last year.
Loren Roberts pumps his fist after sinking a five-foot… (STEVEN GEORGES )

Loren Roberts went to Newport Beach Country Club on Nov. 5 for a special day in his honor. But he also wanted to make it a meaningful day for a select group at the golf course.

Roberts was being inducted into the Toshiba Classic Hall of Fame. He also conducted an exclusive putting clinic for friends and sponsors of the annual tournament. Those people were learning from one of the best with the putter.

Roberts, a.k.a. the Boss of the Moss, is known for his expertise and deftness in the short game. The advice and tips he offered weren't complex. They were simple, sort of like the method he used to reach his status.

He explained to the group that there are two types of golfers when it comes to putting: non-linear and linear. The latter are those who putt or aim in a straight line at the hole. Roberts is a non-linear golfer when it comes to putting. He aims for a curve, he can usually see the break, and his putts roll in a bending fashion.

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Roberts also said the most important part of putting is speed control.

He was on his game last year at the Toshiba Classic when he won the tournament, finishing at eight-under-par 205. He returns for the Champions Tour event March 15-17. No one has been able to repeat in the history of the tournament, which is in its 19th year.

A repeat for Roberts would hardly be a surprise. His short game comes into play at Newport Beach, the shortest course in length (6,591 yards) on the Champions Tour, for golfers 50 years and older.

That aforementioned method he used to acquire those skills was built during his time as a golf pro at San Luis Obispo Country Club.

He found time to practice.

"When it got to 2 or 3 p.m., no one really played any more," Roberts explained. "The pro shop was literally 20 yards away from the putting green, and I could hear the phone with the door open from there. So I just kept putting and putting."

Roberts has had several great accomplishments when it comes to golf: eight PGA Tour victories and 13 wins on the Champions Tour. But the 57–year-old golfer says his greatest feat was the way he came up.

He takes pride in his background. He took a rather unique path toward his success as a golfer.

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