Scott to stick with broomstick; continues caddie-go-round
August 26, 2015
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
- Adam Scott will not change his putter when the USGA ban on anchoring goes into effect. (Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
EDISON, N.J. -- The USGA ban on anchoring will go into effect Jan. 1 next year. When it does, Adam Scott likely won’t be changing putters.
The Aussie will simply change the way he holds his broomstick.
“I’ve got as far as I see it two good options; I can un-anchor the long putter -- I do that well -- or putt with a short one -- and I know what I’m up for there because I used it a few rounds this year,” Scott told PGATOUR.COM on Wednesday. “I like the long one with the same action I’ve been using. I just have to shorten the putter a few inches and everything else stays the same. The putter is so good, if there was any concern of it not being stable when it’s un-anchored it’s gone.”
Scott used a short putter earlier this year, but the experiment didn’t last long. He kept it in the bag for just three events -- at Doral, Innisbrook and Bay Hill -- before going back to the long one that won him his only major at the 2013 Masters.
One thing that will change for the former world No. 1 is his caddie.
Scott coaxed Steve Williams out of retirement for the final three majors of this year and last week had his coach Brad Malone on the bag. This week, Scott is using veteran Ricci Roberts, who will stay on for as long as Scott is in the FedExCup Playoffs (he’s 94th in the standings; only the top 100 advance to next week’s event at TPC Boston).
Beyond that, Scott has yet to finalize his plans, though he hopes to have Williams on the bag again next year.
“At the end of the FedExCup season I’ll try to make a plan for next year and see if it’s going to suit everyone,” Scott said. “It’s a bit up in the air at the moment.”
So is Scott’s schedule. If he doesn’t advance in the Playoffs, he’ll have only a few tournaments remaining this year -- The Presidents Cup, the Japan Open the following week, World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions in early November and the Australian Open a few weeks later.
Williams will caddie in Japan and Australia, but Scott hasn't decided who will be on the bag in South Korea or China.
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