Adam Scott’s Win at Augusta Will Re-Kindle Putter Debate

Apr 14, 2013; Augusta, GA, USA; Adam Scott makes a birdie putt on the 18th green during the final round of the 2013 The Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports

Well, it’s finally been done. With his victory at The Masters on Sunday evening, Adam Scott makes it all four majors that have been won with a belly putter. The champagne staines haven’t dried on his new Green Jacket, and the people are already accusing him of cheating.  Now he will hear the cat-calls, and boos during practice rounds as he makes his way around the country during the next few months as has Keegan Bradley, and Webb Simpson.



I feel like the USGA, and R&A have waited too many years to make a stand that without a doubt will find as many people who want the long, anchored putter banned, as people who want to keep it in play. No decision is going to please everyone, and I would hate to see golf become a sport of different rules that apply to professional golfers, and not the people playing the local links.

Apr 10, 2013; Augusta, GA, USA; Tianlang Guan putts on the 9th green during the Par 3 Contest before the 2013 The Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Jack Gruber-USA TODAY Sports

The great thing about golf, and why bifurcation would stink, is from it’s inception in the pastures of Scotland, golf has always found a way to equalize every player. If I am good enough, I can enter the qualifiers, and play in the US Open. No other sport offers the same opportunities. Bifurcation would destroy that aspect of the game.

I keep hearing the argument that every sport has different rules for the pro’s and the amateurs, so why not let the PGA keep the long putter, and let the USGA and R&A do what ever they want.  That’s the point. Golf has always been different, so why make it like the rest of the sports, then it wouldn’t be unique anymore.

I personally don’t care which way the decision goes, as long as both parties make the same decision.

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Topics: Adam Scott, Golf, Masters, PGA

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