Another long putter win, more discussion
Another week on the PGA Tour, another win for a long putter as Keegan Bradley drained a key 15-footer to save par on the final hole at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational final hole, then watched Jim Furyk miss a five-footer with a short putter to salvage bogey and force a playoff. The latest win with a long putter prompted a few reactions from other Tour players via Twitter:
Joe Ogilvie: Hmm...5 months until I peg it at the Sony Open, do I waste my time mastering belly putter or re-master short putter? Golf is now Congress.
Joe Ogilvie: I think anchoring has 24 months left. Rule will be +/- shaft can't come in contact w/any body part except for hands until you are 50.
Luke Donald: Nice one @Keegan_Bradley you got a spare belly putter for me to try?!?!
Luke List: omg bellyputter wins again! Media is to blame. If using a belly was cheating everyone would use #upgradingboat #congratsKB
A couple of quick thoughts:
--Joe Ogilvie's opinions are as well-informed as any. If he thinks anchoring will be gone in 24 months, I’m inclined to think he’s on to something.
--I can only chuckle at Luke List blaming the media for the long putter controversy. We golf writers certainly like to talk about the big issues of the day, but we only reflect what we see and hear out there. If so many top players and governing body officials weren’t conflicted about whether long putters should be legal or not, the issue wouldn't stay on the front burner.
To read the complete story of Bradley's victory, click here.
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