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“Don’t ban long Putters,” says Adam Scott


adam scott on long puttersWorld number 6 Adam Scott speaks about issues on banning long putters and asked the governing bodies of golf to focus on the more relevant concerns in the sport. The use of long putters has become more popular among professional golfers and the clamor about using the club has also become stronger.

Scott became very bold and admitted speaking to George O’Grady, Chief Executive of the European Tour, that banning long putters would be unfair. “It is very hard to find a good reason to do that at this stage so my conversation was to find out where things sit because it is very hard to get information,” he said during an interview before the Singapore Open.

Critics of belly putter use believe that the club gives players advantage during a game. This is because securing the club in the golfer’s belly will bring more stability to the body, resulting to lesser body movements and swing errors compared to players using the short putters.

Scott believes that both USGA and R&A should look more carefully on setting limitations with other equipment designs. Modern golf equipment, he believes, allow golfers to hit the ball into very far distances which result to extended courses. “We certainly don’t need that sort of carry-on going on in the game of golf. I think it is all unwarranted, all of it, and there are more important things to worry about,” he said.

“I think that it is fairly well acknowledged that length generally is probably the biggest issue in the game and it doesn’t just mean how far pros hit it. Some of our courses, great courses are too short these days. If we are talking about equipment side of things the length issue is probably the most important because tees are moved back. Greens are not changed because people are putting with a long putter,” Scott added.

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Adam Scott Has Meltdown


The British Open was a tough experience for Adam Scott. For most of his game, he seemed to be in control of the situation, but things eventually took a turn for the worse.

With just four holes to go, Scott was leading the tournament by four strokes. The birdie he made on the 14th hole extended his lead but surprisingly, he shot a bogey on each of the last four holes. This unfortunate series of events gave Ernie Els his second British Open championship.

Scott may be comforted in knowing that other great players agreed that Royal Lytham and St. Anne’s was really a tough and difficult course. Tiger Woods even said that the venue was ‘almost not playable’ due to the sand and rough rings throughout the course. Woods, himself, had a triple bogey on his 6th hole, while Graeme McDowell also made a very bad shot on his 11th hole. Overall, though, some of the best golfers in the world made the ‘almost not playable’ golf course into ‘an excitingly playable’ one.

One of the rewards for the British Open championship that Scott missed out on was an invitation to the Masters tournament next year. But he is a gifted player, endowed with a superior golf swing, a cool temperament, and an excellent consistency in hitting golf balls. No doubt he will grab a major someday.

Adam Scott’s wins to date are a 2004 Players Championship, a 2006 Tour Championship and a 2011 World Gold Championship.

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Adam Scott Leads the Open Final Round by Four Shots


 

The final round of the British Open will be led by Adam Scott with four strokes. This must be his best chance for the long awaited major championship.

Scott had two key par saves early in the game and another three birdies which allowed him to pull away further. He finished the game with a score of 2-under 68. He shared, “It was all pretty solid stuff, considering the circumstances and how much trouble there is on this golf course.”

Many players believe that the biggest challenge in the next game is the weather. Wind is forecasted to gust up to 40 kph. “It will be in Adam’s hands tomorrow if the conditions are as straightforward as they have been the last few days. Throw a bit of wind across this course like perhaps they are forecasting, he will have to go and work a lot harder and he will have to go win it,” said Graeme McDowell who will be playing against Scott in the final group.
Scott won his first major World Golf Championship at Firestones last year after switching to the long putter early of 2011. He played a beautiful opening shot from the back of a wet sand bunker at the Royal Lytham & St. Annes putting it to a par from a distance of 8 feet. He made another par putt on the third hole with the same distance.

“To make a nice putt like that on the first and make par is obviously very settling. And then to do the same thing on 3, that’s been a hole that I haven’t parred this week. From there on, I was very settled into the round and started hitting fairways and greens,” he said.

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