Adam Scott tied for second place at the Masters while using a long putter.
John Biever/SI
Wednesday, June 29, 2011

At the Heritage, two weeks after your second-place finish in the Masters, 20 players put long putters in their bags. Are you the Johnny Appleseed of long putters?
\nI don't know if I'm a trailblazer, but it received a fair bit of attention in the weeks before and after the Masters because I putted well.

\nHow did you get over the stigma of the long putter -- the idea that it's only for old guys, or that it's not fair?
\nThe stigma is a bit unfair because some of the best putters on Tour do use long putters, and not necessarily old guys. Look at Tim Clark and Carl Pettersson, to name just two. They've been using the long putter for a long time and they're not old at all. I got over [the stigma] pretty quick once I saw putts going in on the putting green.

\nSo you didn't feel like you were swallowing your pride when you made the switch?
\nNot at all. It's not doing anything wrong until they ban them.

\nHow do you travel with it? Are you afraid it's going to break?
\n[Laughs] It doesn't fit in the travel cover, that's for sure. You need to get one of those big sticks that's even longer than the long putter to make sure that the stick breaks before the putter does.

\nYour coach, Brad Malone, encouraged you to make the switch. How is working with Brad different from working with your old coach, Butch Harmon?
\nBrad lives very close to me in Australia, so our access to each other is easier than it was with Butch being based in Las Vegas. Brad and I have figured out how to monitor every part of my game all year a little more consistently than I had done with Butch. I think that's just me getting older and more experienced and knowing what I need a bit more.

\nDid you hear from Butch after the Masters?
\nHe sent me a message that Monday. He just said, "Great job, thought you had it, looking good." Butch and I have a great relationship.

\nWhat's the best part about being a professional golfer?
\nTravel has always been a big perk for me. I've done a lot of it and I still enjoy it. I've been so lucky. When times are tough on the golf course, you have to sit back and realize all the great things that it's given you. I've seen the world, and not many of my friends have done that.

\nWhat's not so great?
When anything's going good, it's good. But when you're not playing well over a stretch of time, it's tough. You find everything a little more difficult. Golf gets more difficult. Life gets more difficult. The travel becomes more stressful, and all the things you think are easy when you're playing well and in a good frame of mind just become a little tougher. The road can get lonely at times, and you have to have a good crew of people around you to keep your mind in good shape. At the end of the day, golf's a pretty mental game at this level.

\nYou got through a rough patch in 2009. What did you learn from that experience?
\nA lot of people questioned my heart and fire over the years, but I could have easily thrown in the towel. I fought hard and worked hard to get back. I'm on my way to being a better player than I've ever been. I want to be the best Australian player ever, so I've got a lot of work to do.

\nYou didn't play in the Presidents Cup the last time it was held in Australia, in 1998. What's the atmosphere going to be like in Melbourne this November?
\nWe Australians are big sports fans, and Melbourne is the sporting capital of Australia, so the fans and spectators are definitely going to be fired up. To have 24 of the best golfers in the world come down there will get them fired up. We haven't won a Presidents Cup since 1998, and we really, really want to win one. That's going to really help get the Australian fans and spectators to push the boys along.


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