Masters: Anchored putter now has a career Grand Slam
The anchored putter debate will rage on but the fact is three of our last four major winners have had it in the bag.
The 2013 Masters may have been Adam Scott's first major but it wasn't the first for the anchored putter.
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There has been much debate over the last few months about what the final ruling from the USGA and R&A will be on the proposed anchored putter ban.
But this much we know: it is being used by three of the four men who currently hold Grand Slam titles.
And four of the last six majors have been won by folks anchoring.
Keegan Bradley kicked it off at the 2011 PGA Championship with his first major. Then Webb Simpson got in on the fun at the 2012 U.S. Open. Ernie Els did it at the 2012 British Open -- where he incidentally kept elongated Scott's wait for major No. 1.
Then finally on Sunday afternoon at Augusta, Scott completed the Slam.
It was the first Masters to ever be won by a golfer using an anchored putter.
Adam Scott didn't have much to say afterwards about how this win would affect the debate (he had other things to worry about):
Adam Scott on how his win will affect the long-putter debate: "I don't know what it's going to do."— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) April 15, 2013
Scott did speak about it earlier in the week more candidly though:
"I believe they are making a mistake and that's been well documented. But, hey, they are going to do what they are going to do, I guess, and we'll see how the other powers that be respond."
He also mentioned after his round on Sunday that "it was inevitable that players with long putters would win big events."
It's true, so many of the game's top players are using them these days, although Ernie Els said this year's Masters would be his last major tournament with the anchored putter.
It won't be Scott's though, and it shouldn't be. He's played splendidly with it of late. He has top eight finishes in five of his last nine majors. He has top 10s at the Masters in each of the last three years, emphatically punctuated with this year's win.
The anchored putter debate will rage on, and eventually come to a conclusion one way or the other. I think guys like Scott can adapt either way, but for the time being there's no controversy over this win. There shouldn't be anyway.
It's too bad we couldn't get an anchored putter to win the PGA Championship last year, it could have been the anchored-putter-Tiger-slam -- you know, because it wasn't in the same calendar year.
Lastly, here's a good look at Scott's history with what E. Micahel Johnson of GolfDigest calls his "big boy puttter." It's the first long stick (not anchored) to win a major.
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