UPDATE 12/5, 1:52 p.m. Eastern: Martin Blake reports that Adam Scott was only experimenting with a conventional-length putter earlier this week and will use his trusty broomstick when the first round of the Australian Open begins Thursday. Scott was also critical of the anchoring ruling:
"My view on the whole thing, overall, is if they’re going to make
decisions like that, they be consistent like that philosophy throughout
the whole game of golf. Then I’ll have no problem. I think it’s a very
big call that they’ve made; and only time will tell if it’s the right
call for the game or not."
Adam Scott, one of several professionals impacted by the USGA and R&A's proposed ban on anchored putting, used a traditional putter on the practice green Tuesday, according to the Australian PGA.
He employed a claw-style grip with his bottom hand, similar to his technique with the broomstick, but crucially the shaft was not anchored to his midriff.
There was a clear gap of around eight centimetres between the end of the putter handle and his body.
He then took to the course with [Tom] Watson and used his new wand exclusively throughout the round.
Scott, an eight-time PGA Tour winner, appeared on track to win his first major title at the 2012 British Open before he bogeyed the last four holes of the final round and lost to Ernie Els, who was also using an anchored putter. RELATED PHOTOS: Pros affected by new rule | The long putter’s rise to controversy (Photo: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)