PGA Championship: Adam Scott and His Belly Putter in Strong Contention Heading Into Weekend

By Andrew Fisher
Adam Scott
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Adam Scott is looking to put the icing on his 2013 cake at the PGA Championship. After winning his first major championship at this year’s Masters, Scott has taken Oak Hill by storm over the first two rounds. He opened up on Thursday with a scorching hot (65) and then followed it up Friday with a round of (68). He finished the second round in the lead (-7), and now he’ll be looking to close the door as golf’s fourth major continues over the weekend.

Scott has himself in position for another major win because he’s drained 11 birdie putts over the first two days. He only bogeyed once on Thursday, but he posted three on Friday (3,7,17). His putting of course gets a lot of attention, because he’s one of the best players on tour who uses a belly putter. Anytime he works himself into good position at a major, the chatter begins. Is it fair that he uses an anchored putter?

Most traditional golf fans think it’s unfair and they can’t wait for 2016 when the clubs will be banned.

When Scott won the Masters this past April, he was the fourth player in the previous six majors to win using a belly putter. Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson have won the last two majors (both use traditional putters), so currently four out of the last eight major winners that have used an anchored putter. It’s still not a sure thing that belly putters will be banned in 2016, so players like Scott will no doubt continue to use them.

You can count on some intense chatter if Scott is able to win his second major of the year at the PGA.


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