Monday Mailbag: Short putter struggles?
January 18, 2016
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
- Adam Scott finished T56 (-7) at the Sony Open in Hawaii last week. (Getty Images)
Welcome back, golf. It’s still a cold winter for a lot of the country but hopefully sweeping views of palm trees, surfers, the sun-splashed Pacific and whales breaching off the coast of Hawaii the last two weeks provided some sort of respite.
Another year, another year of the mailbag. To your questions we go...
Have you noticed any former "belly-putters" struggling with the change? -- Brian Wilson
Adam Scott wasn’t exactly sharp on the greens last week at Waialae, but that could be chalked up to flaking off some winter rust, too. I think the guys who will struggle the most with the switch are the ones who have used it their whole careers, like Carl Pettersson.
Better 2016: Jordan, Rory, Jason or Rickie? -- Ian Macfarlane
I’m bullish on Rory, though Jordan’s performance at Kapalua was impressive. Still, I think Rory will be focused on trying to make up for what was a “lost” year in 2015 because of his ankle injury. His best is still better than anyone else’s and I think he’ll add to his major total this year.
Does Luke Donald bounce back this year? -- Ryan Iverson
I think his last few starts of 2015 and performance at the Sony Open in Hawaii provided the answer. Will he be No. 1 in the world again? No, but he’ll win again at some point. As long as he doesn’t try to be someone he’s not -- i.e. feeling the need to try to add length off the tee -- he’ll be fine.
Does Keegan Bradley win another major? -- Cam MacLellan
Who knows, but his play at Waialae CC was hardly inspiring. It has been four years since Bradley won anything, never mind a major. All players go through a slump to varying degrees at some point in their career and that’s where Bradley appears to be at the moment.
Do you expect Tiger to win a major ever again? -- Trond Vollstad
Because you can’t make it through a week without a Tiger question…I have no idea, Trond, whether Tiger will win another major, or even another tournament. We have no idea when he will even be back but ever is a long time and he’s not finished playing just yet.