Scott says time marches on for putter purists

Adam Scott

Adam Scott probably is the most well-known player using a long putter these days. It was his T2 finish at the 2011 Masters with a long putter that has fueled much of the debate over the use of long putters and belly putters on the PGA Tour and beyond.

But unlike some of his fellow Tour players, such as Padraig Harrington, Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson, Scott isn’t letting out his views on the future of the long putter in regards to the USGA and R&A. Golf’s two ruling bodies are looking at the pros and cons of long putters and belly putters. Scott uses a 49-inch Titleist by Scotty Cameron Kombi putter.

“I’m sure they’re going to keep looking at all different areas of the game, as well,” Scott said at this week’s Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles. “There are people for and against it.  Obviously they’re not completely against it or we wouldn’t be putting with them at all.  You know, I don’t have anything to say.  I think it works for me.  It might not work for others unless they give it a try.

“But just like everything in golf, it changes.  Driver heads weren’t 460cc when the game started, just like people didn’t putt with a belly putter when the game started.  So things change, and I guess it’s up to the R&A and the USGA to keep the game in the best shape possible with what they think.  Whatever they think goes at the end of the day, so we’ll see.  It’s not going to ruin me if they ban a long putter one day because I putted good some weeks with the short putter.  I won a lot of tournaments.  I’ll just have to work a bit harder with it.”


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