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Should Scott's long putter taint major win?

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10:55 AM ET 07.22 | Adam Scott is ready to become the first Australian to win The Open for 19 years - and suffer all the controversy that will go with it. But it will also re-open the debate about modern technology and what constitutes fairness in the Royal and Ancient game. For Scott will be using a broomhandle putter, which traditionalists would like to see banned, while his caddie, Steve Williams, split acrimoniously from Woods last year following a long-running majorladen partnership. Leading players including Woods, Ernie Els and Colin Montgomerie believe the broomhandle should be illegal because it eliminates the conventional putting stroke. Woods has even had correspondence with R and A chief executive Peter Dawson about how the wording of the Rules of Golf should be changed to prevent them being used in competition. The 14-time major winner believes their length should be limited to the same as the shortest club in the bag to stop players tucking them under their chin and then guiding the putter with one hand.

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July 22, 2012  01:15 PM ET

the win looks to be in doubt right now- Els may win this thing in the clubhouse

July 22, 2012  01:30 PM ET

Stupid article. The R&A/PGA had the chance to make the belly putter illegal and decided not to therefore it's a legal piece of equipment as are today's drivers which make drivers of old look sick. Always play by the rules and don't read the media.

July 22, 2012  01:38 PM ET

That last putt by Els on 18 was magic !

July 22, 2012  01:50 PM ET

Awesome win. Good for Els!

July 22, 2012  02:50 PM ET

Kinda difficult to taint a win that doesn't exist....

July 22, 2012  03:14 PM ET

Does this mean the win is tainted because Ernie uses a belly putter? After all, the putter is anchored to his stomach thus eliminating the "classic putter stroke", if there is such a thing. Tempest in a teapot. If it's not illegal, there is no controversy other than what the media creates.

July 22, 2012  03:40 PM ET

I would agree that the belly putter should be banned when using a club to measure drops. "The longest club in the bag" should NOT include the long putter...

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July 22, 2012  08:37 PM ET
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Yup. Too bad for Adam Scott, he seems like a nice kid. He gagged on this one real hard though, very painful to watch.

when he dropped that shot into the long stuff on 17 i figured Els had a shot

July 22, 2012  10:18 PM ET

Congratulations to the Bishop for guessing the right score (273). No-one had Els, of course.

And count me among those who believe that both the USGA and the R&A should ban those long putters. That stroke looks more like croquet than golf.

July 23, 2012  10:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Congratulations to the Bishop for guessing the right score (273). No-one had Els, of course.And count me among those who believe that both the USGA and the R&A should ban those long putters. That stroke looks more like croquet than golf.

I agree Stranger. They had their chance long ago and did nothing. Don't expect it to change soon. For now, perfectly legal (no asterisks deserved for those who win with them) but really inconsistent with the purist nature of golf.

July 23, 2012  10:34 AM ET
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I agree Stranger. They had their chance long ago and did nothing. Don't expect it to change soon. For now, perfectly legal (no asterisks deserved for those who win with them) but really inconsistent with the purist nature of golf.

Purist nature of golf?

So you golf with hickory shafted brassies and mashies in your bag and play the Titleist feather ball...

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July 23, 2012  12:37 PM ET

Day after the British Open meltdown, this question is mute!

July 23, 2012  12:42 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Yup. Too bad for Adam Scott, he seems like a nice kid. He gagged on this one real hard though, very painful to watch.

It was very tough to watch. Hope he can recover.

July 23, 2012  01:26 PM ET
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Purist nature of golf?So you golf with hickory shafted brassies and mashies in your bag and play the Titleist feather ball...

No, his scores make it looks as if he does....

17 days until the start of the PGA Championship.

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July 23, 2012  01:42 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Congratulations to the Bishop for guessing the right score (273). No-one had Els, of course.And count me among those who believe that both the USGA and the R&A should ban those long putters. That stroke looks more like croquet than golf.

Does this mean Rex is still the King? With Bishop as the Crown Prince? PS. Bishop, you just beat me on the score.......I had Rory with a score of 272. I'm only 50-50 to get the date right.

July 23, 2012  02:59 PM ET

A few years ago -- Els was against belly putters. He later changed to using one.

 
July 23, 2012  03:27 PM ET
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Does this mean Rex is still the King? With Bishop as the Crown Prince? PS. Bishop, you just beat me on the score.......I had Rory with a score of 272. I'm only 50-50 to get the date right.

Sounds about right, Slappy.

For the PGA Championship, I'd like to try something a little different. 16 different players have won the last 16 majors. Instead of just picking a name and a score for the PGA Championship, I want people to pick two names: Select from the list of 16 the name of the player you think will break this unique streak and select another player, not listed here, who will keep it going. Then try to guess the score (the Ocean course at Kiawah Island plays to a par of 72).

Winners of the previous 16 majors
2008 PGA: Padraig Harrington
2009 Masters: Angel Cabrera
2009 US Open: Lucas Glover
2009 Open: Stewart Cink
2009 PGA: Yang Yong-eun
2010 Masters: Phil Mickelson
2010 US Open: Graeme McDowell
2010 Open: Louis Oosthuizen
2010 PGA: Martin Kaymer
2011 Masters: Charl Schwartzel
2011 US Open: Rory McIlroy
2011 Open: Darren Clarke
2011 PGA: Keegan Bradley
2012 Masters: Bubba Watson
2012 US Open: Webb Simpson
2012 Open: Ernie Els

Well, seeing that list now, I don't know if everyone will want in on the break-the-streak idea. I'll leave up to you.

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