Keegan Bradley Replaces Belly Putter a Year Before Anchoring Ban

Sunday December 7th, 2014
Keegan Bradley in action during the first round of the Hero World Challenge on Thursday.
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Keegan Bradley helped popularize the anchored putting stroke when he won the 2011 PGA Championship with a belly putter, but he’s using a standard putting stroke this week at the Hero World Challenge in Orlando.

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The USGA and R&A’s ban on anchored putting goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2016, but Bradley is getting a head start on changing to a shorter putter this week at the limited field event. It’s working, too. Bradley is in second place after three rounds, seven shots behind leader Jordan Spieth.

"I've had five years and hours and hours of practice that are now taken away from me," Bradley told the Associated Press "But it's fun to come out here and prove to everybody and myself that it's not a big deal. This is probably the best three days of putting I've had in a couple of years."

At the World Challenge in 2012, when it was played in California, a heckler called Bradley a “cheater” for using the belly putter.

Bradley has said he plans to use the shorter putter in 2015.

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