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The Tour Report

September 21 2011

5:49 PM

Ogilvy: Long putter may be the norm

By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM

ATLANTA -- Geoff Ogilvy can envision a golf world in which the long putter is the primary club of choice when PGA TOUR pros reach the green.

"When metal woods came along, people thought they were a bit weird," Ogilvy said Wednesday. "You look back now and it's silly that you would ever use a wood ... with the option to use metal.

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"I think it's feasible if the rules stay the way they are that everybody uses one at some point. But that might take a while. We'll see."

And if it does? Ogilvy -- who calls himself the "ultimate romantic" in regards to golf traditions -- said he would be disappointed about that kind of equipment evolution.

"It's another step away from the game that's been played for 300 years," he said.

Yet Ogilvy isn't so much of a traditionalist that he wouldn't at least try out a belly putter. In fact, he already has, but he didn't like the feel of it.

"I'm not ready to make the adjustment when I don't think I have too much of an issue with my putting," Ogilvy said. "Maybe when my hands start getting the involuntary shakes, I'll try something else."