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    Watson back to conventional putter

  • Bubba Watson went back to his PING Anser Milled 1 putter last week and is reaping the benefits. (Laberge/Getty Images) Bubba Watson went back to his PING Anser Milled 1 putter last week and is reaping the benefits. (Laberge/Getty Images)

By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Insider

It didn't take Bubba Watson long to go back to his old PING Anser Milled 1 putter.

The 2012 Masters champion spent the offseason testing a 38-inch, counterbalanced Anser Milled -- Watson liked the added stability he saw with the counterbalanced model -- with 50 grams of additional weight in the head, and a 17-inch grip that included a 50-gram counterbalanced weight in the top of the handle.

Watson went so far as to put the putter in play for the first time on the PGA TOUR -- he also used it at two events during the offseason -- at the Farmers Insurance Open, using it for the first two rounds before going back to the conventional-length Anser Miller for the final two rounds.

After posting 73-69 over the weekend at Torrey Pines, Watson arrived at TPC Scottsdale with the putter and grabbed a share of the opening-round lead at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

The conventional-length Anser Milled 1 is 34.5 inches and has a head weight of 350 grams. Watson's 27th in strokes gained-putting (1.694) and 8th in putts per green in regulation (1.529) after one round.