Scott using regular putter at Australian Open wire reports

SYDNEY -- Adam Scott is expected to tee off with a new putter in his bag in Thursday's first round of the Australian Open at The Lakes.

Scott played a practice round Tuesday at the eastern Sydney course without the long broomstick-style putter that he anchors to his chest. The Royal & Ancient Golf Club and the U.S. Golf Association have proposed a rule -- to come into effect in 2016 -- banning players from anchoring putters against their body during the stroke.

Playing alongside Tom Watson, who before teeing off on Tuesday endorsed the proposed ban of long putters, Scott instead used an oversized traditional blade.

Although it was marginally longer than a regular short stick, Scott's putter was not anchored to any part of his body.

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