Adam Scott celebrates after sinking his winning putt to take the US Masters at Augusta.
Adam Scott celebrates after sinking his winning putt to take the US Masters at Augusta. AFP Photo

Putting rule changes mean Scott will have to switch up style

US masters winner Adam Scott will almost certainly have to modify his putting style if he wants to keep playing the game, let alone win another green jacket.

Golf's two ruling bodies, the R&A and the US Golf Association, yesterday said approval had been given to prohibit anchoring putters against players' bodies while making a putt, to take effect from January 1, 2106.

Four of the last six major winners have used the technique, including Scott at this year's Masters.

The others were Keegan Bradley (2011 US PGA C'ship), Webb Simpson (2012 US Open) and Ernie Els (2012 British Open).

While the majority of past and present players, including world No.1 Tiger Woods, support the ban, US PGA Tour officials recently said they could seen "no overriding reason" for the change.

However, after the announcement on Tuesday night by R&A chief executive Peter Dawson that rule 14-1b would be amended to enforce the ban, the PGA Tour, which operates under its own rules, released a statement that read: "We will now begin our process to ascertain whether the various provisions of Rule 14-1b will be implemented in our competitions and, if so, examine the process for implementation."


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