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Webb Simpson, Prepared Even if Long Putters are Banned


webb simpson on long puttersAmerican golfer and long putter user Webb Simpson is not bothered at all about talks that the club will be prohibited though he is vocal of his disagreement about the issue. This US Open Champion is one of the three Major winners who use the controversial golf club. The governing bodies of golf, the USGA and R&A, are already in discussion on the clamor and consider all views about the matter.

Simpson has started playing using a short putter as a preparation for the possible change in the Rules of Golf. “There’s a bunch of arguments going around but I haven’t heard a good one yet. I’m friends with a lot of the R&A guys and the USGA guys. It’s nothing personal and I know they are trying to do it for the betterment of the game, but I don’t think it’s a good decision,” he said.

It was in 2004 when Simpson started using the belly putter but he strongly implies that there is no statistical basis that the use of such gives golfers more chances of winning. “Last year there was no one in the top 20 in strokes gained category that anchored a putter. So the argument of, ‘it’s an advantage’, you have to throw that out there. It’s going to be tough if they do ban it. It’s going to be tough for a lot of people, not just players. It’s going to be tough for committees to really have a stance on it and explain why,” he added.

Aside from Simpson, the other two Major winners who used the long putters are 2011 USPGA Champion Keegan Bradley, and 2012 Open winner Ernie Els.

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Simpson, Ready Even If Long Putters Will Be Banned


webb simpsonWebb Simpson is an apparent user of long putters. The US Open champion is among the three golfers who have won in the major tournament using the long golf club. Though he is not anxious at all even if this type of putter is banned, he admits that he finds this probable action incorrect.

The American golfer has already started golfing using the conventional putter as a preparation for the probable change in the Rules of Golf. It has been quite a time since the USGA and the R&A was bombarded with different concerns and have been in discussion about banning the long putters in competitions. The two agencies are the governing bodies of golf.

Simpson said during an interview at the PGA Grand Slam of Golf held in Bermuda, “There’s a bunch of arguments going around but I haven’t heard a good one yet. I’m friends with a lot of the R&A guys and the USGA guys. It’s nothing personal and I know they are trying to do it for the betterment of the game, but I don’t think it’s a good decision.”

He has been using belly putters since 2004 but he believes that there is no strong evidence that long putters gave any player an advantage during a game. “It’s going to be tough if they do ban it. It’s going to be tough for a lot of people, not just players. It’s going to be tough for committees to really have a stance on it and explain why,” he added.

The 27-year-old golfer also shared, “What I found was I just became a more consistent putter. I don’t get hot quite as much. I don’t get cold quite as much. With the short putter, I was a real streaky putter, so in my head I figured if I want to play this game for a long time, I don’t want my putting to be such highs and lows.” Simpson further believes that there are other rules that need much more attention than this.

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Webb Simpson Wins the US Open by One Shot


James Frederick Simpson, more popularly known as Webb Simpson, tagged his second straight 68 at the Olympic Club giving him a one-shot victory at the 112th Open. He snatched the title from equally popular golfers Graeme McDowell and Michael Thompson.

“I don’t know how Tiger has won 14 of these things, because the pressure — I couldn’t feel my legs most of the back nine,” Simpson said while sharing his experiences during the game.

Simpson lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with his wife, Dowd, and his son, James. He shot three straight birdies from 6th to 8th holes. With another one at the 10th hole, added to eight straight pars brought him his third tour victory since turning pro in 2008.

“You know, this is only my second U.S. Open, and so I told myself don’t get too excited, don’t try to win… … You’ve got to go out there and try to make pars, and that’s what I did. And luckily I made some putts, and got a couple under out of it,” he said. He and his wife were spotted watching videos of their son on a cell phone to keep themselves calm during the event.

Simpson earned $6.35 million and ranked ninth in 2011 but was doubtful about his chances before his latest victory. “If I’m honest with you, I believed in myself that I could win a major but maybe not so soon,” Simpson concluded.

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