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Adam Scott defends use of long putters despite criticism from Tiger Woods

Updated: Tuesday, 06 Nov 2012 11:03 | Comments

The use of long putters has been a controversial issue with many golfers claiming they are unfair
The use of long putters has been a controversial issue with many golfers claiming they are unfair

Adam Scott has shot down a putter rule change suggestion by Tiger Woods and told golf's governing bodies to focus on more pressing issues as the Australian leapt to the defence of controversial long putters.

Once seen as a desperate attempt by struggling golfers to change their fortunes on the greens, long putters have seen a dramatic rise in popularity in professional golf.

American Webb Simpson used one to win the US Open this year to follow compatriot Keegan Bradley's success at the US PGA Championship.

South African Ernie Els made it a trio of long putter major champions with victory at this year's British Open with The United States Golf Association (USGA) and the Royal and Ancient (R&A), the game's two governing bodies, since discussing the status of 'anchored putters' with a ban being considered.

World number six Scott, speaking before this week's $6 million Singapore Open, said he had spoken to European Tour Chief Executive George O'Grady about the issue last week, adding that a ban on the long putter he has used since 2011 would be unfair.

"It is very hard to find a good reason to do that (ban it) at this stage so my conversation was to find out where things sit because it is very hard to get information," Scott said.

"My opinion would be I don't think it is in the best interests of the game to ban the long putter I think there are some more important issues that probably should have time spent on them than putting."

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