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Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 161
T O PROFESSIONAL golfers who are religious about their routines, Adam Scott might be considered a heathen. The 2013 Masters champion hasn’t exactly been setting courses alight this year, with only three top 10 results, and there’s no denying it’s due in some part to the way he’s been plucking caddies off a rotisserie every other week. Steve Williams was back on the bag for the final three majors of the year, followed by Scott’s coach Brad Malone, and finally Ricci Roberts, who’ll see out the FedEx Cup with Australia’s number two player. Considering how habitual a great proportion of PGA Tour players are about every part of their game (and lives), Scott’s approach doesn’t bode well for achieving meaningful and ongoing success. And there’s another, more ominous change that’s looming closer every week. It’s now less than four months until the R&A’s ban on anchored putters comes into force. While at times it seemed the moment might never arrive, it’s finally here and for players like Scott, who’ve dabbled with different putters during the past 12 months, it’s make or break time. But at the 11th hour, it appears Scott now plans to twist the rules to ensure he doesn’t have to part with his beloved broomstick. Scott will still be using his long putter when he fronts up for his first event next year, albeit one that’s had a little bit of nip-tuck in the offseason. The idea, according to the man himself, would be to change the way he holds the broomstick, so it is no longer anchored to his sternum. “I’ve got, as far as I see it, two options: I can un-anchor the long putter – I do that well – or putt with a short one, and I know what I’m up for there because I used it a few rounds this year,” he told pgatour.com. “I like the long one with the same action I’ve been using. I just have to shorten the putter a few inches and everything else stays the same. The putter is so good, if there was any concern of it not being stable when it’s un-anchored, it’s gone.”
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