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Adam Scott and other pros who currently anchor their putters have three years to find a new putting style.

Van Sickle: Before the first round of the Aussie Open, two caddies got into a brawl near the practice green. What's more shocking, that a fight broke out at a golf tournament or that this hasn't happened more often? Should these caddies be suspended? If not, what's suitable punishment?

Morfit: To the octagon with them. For charity!

Godich: I don't see how they aren't suspended. Maybe there's a sponsorship with Everlast or some other boxing company.

Dusek: The caddies don't work for the Tour, so I don't think they should be suspended. Seriously, conduct unbecoming a caddie? If half the rumors about caddies are to be believed, a pillow fight on the range wouldn't even count as a misdemeanor.

Bamberger: It happens often, I think, but doesn't get in the paper. It does get on the Internet.

Van Sickle: What's the closest thing you've seen to a fight on a golf course, be it a tournament or a recreational round?

Hanger: I once got in a fight when I was a 9-holer in junior golf at Blue Hills C.C. in KC. Tumbled into a bunker in the scuffle. No parents were alerted, nor suspensions given.

Herre: When I lived in Denver, I played a number of times with a guy who carried a handgun in his bag. He'd say, "You never know." I'd think, "I know nothing about you."

Van Sickle: I bet you gave him a lot of short putts!

Tell us what you think in the comments section below: How should these caddies be punished?

Van Sickle: I thought it was interesting to see Davis Love using a belly-length putter in the Franklin Templeton Shootout over the weekend. He didn't anchor it, so the way he used it will still be legal when the ban takes effect. Maybe the end of anchored putting won't be as traumatic as some of us initially believed. Your thoughts?

Bamberger: It won't be because long putters, though popular, were by no means an integral part of the game. They were fringe-y, almost like chippers.

Godich: Kuchar is O.K. anchoring it against his left arm, though? Which makes absolutely no sense.

Dusek: He is, and Odyssey has even released a new line of putters that are designed for forearm anchoring.

Walker: Anchoring against the arm doesn't create a fulcrum for the stroke. Kuchar is still making a traditional swing with the putter.

Godich: But it does create an anchor or a stabilizer? Got it.

Morfit: It will be weird for the guy who watches tape to see if the putter grip actually touches the belly. I think it'll be traumatic for young guys like Webb Simpson, although for some reason I see Keegan adapting well.

Van Sickle: I agree with you, Cam, that enforcing the new rule could be a bit of a bother. Is it anchored or just really, really close? Before, when it was a matter of whether the club itself was legal, it was easy. Either it was on the list of conforming clubs or it wasn't.

Dusek: It's way too early to know how this is going to affect the pros. For all we know, the PGA Tour may adopt the rules for the 2014 season. The players will adapt when they are forced to adapt. Most will be fine, but I'm sure there will be a handful of guys who slowly slide into oblivion. Or the Tour, which is kind of the same thing.

Herre: Yes, the anchoring kerfuffle simply nibbled around the edges. I'm interested in trying some of the alternative methods that surfaced before and after the ruling. I bet we'll see many innovative strokes on Tour next year.

Tell us what you think in the comments section below: Will the ban on anchored putting have a big impact, or will pros simply find a way to work around it during the next three years?

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