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Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 161
Carl Pettersson is another who’ll be miserably ticking off the days on his calendar, but although he’s got even more reason than Scott to be worried, the American insists he isn’t fazed. Pettersson [pictured above] has used a short putter throughout the past two years and persisted with it until March this year, after he had missed four consecutive cuts and finished higher than 35th just once in the first 15 events of the season. He then returned to the long stick he’d first picked up 18 years ago, and was still using it at the Wyndham Championship, but maintained he’d be able to switch back with minimal issues, despite what the results suggest. “It shouldn’t be that big of an adjustment for me,” Pettersson said. “It just gets my right hand more stable. It helps me release the putter better, that’s about it.” The man arguably most affected by the ban, 2010 Players Championship winner Tim Clark, still doesn’t know how he’s going to putt next year. Born with a rare medical condition that restricts movement in his forearms, the South African [pictured top right] can’t hold a traditional putter properly, so has almost exclusively used a long putter for the past two decades. “I’m probably not going to use a regulation- length putter. I’ll probably have to figure something else out, still maybe use a long putter not anchored or in a different kind of style,” Clark said. While Scott’s future putter choice has dominated the discussion around the Australian for the past 12 months, he’s a much newer convert to the long blade than Kevin Stadler, who had a priceless response when asked how he’d fare without the anchored putter he’d been using for almost 20 years. “The good thing is I don’t make many putts anyway,” the world No.156 said. “I’m not going to miss it too badly.” OTG 1 NIGHT $149PP TWIN SHARE 2 NIGHTS TWIN SHARE $280PP 3 NIGHTS TWIN SHARE $349 PP ENJOY: Deluxe suite accomm Free wifi Free in-house movies Unlimited golf + cart for the duration of stay Daily buffet breakfast Day spa vouchers STAY& PLAY southern highlands (02) 4862 8600 gibraltarbowral.com.au
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