Masters champion Scott has a belly laugh over the long-handle putter row

By Derek Lawrenson


Masters champion Adam Scott has news for those who think he will have to get rid of his long-handled putter next month when the widely expected ban on putter anchoring is introduced. He won’t.

The personable Aussie has been practising with a different technique. Rather than the top of the putter resting on his chest, it is detached by an inch from his body and therefore, under the new rule, will be legal.

The long game: Adam Scott lines up a putt

The long game: Adam Scott lines up a putt

The argument against long-handled and belly putters is that by anchoring the weapon to a part of the body, it is taking away the challenge set by having to make a conventional stroke and reducing the test of skill and nerve. Critics point to the fact that four of the past five majors have been won by players using such putters.

They were thought to be on the way out under the new rule, which forbids any anchoring, but Scott believes otherwise.

‘I don’t think there will be much for me to change,’ he said. ‘If I have to separate the putter a millimetre from my chest, then I will do that.

‘Tomorrow would be enough time for me (to change). I don’t see myself putting any different looks-wise.’

Scott is competing for the first time since his win at Augusta, at the Players Championship at Sawgrass. He revealed that for the first two weeks he would put on his green jacket for breakfast.

‘I didn’t wake up every morning and think I’ve won the Masters, but when I put on the jacket every morning, I did,’ he said. ‘It has been a lot of fun wearing it around the house. Whatever I achieve, becoming the first Aussie to win it will be the pinnacle of my career.’



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