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January 1, 2016, the day that many golfers never wanted to come has already come and gone. The anchored putter ban has been official for three months now. 2015 was a year for players to get readjusted to the conventional putter, notable players such as Keegan Bradley and Adam Scott.
Adam Scott’s last win on tour was the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial on May 25, 2014, using his long broomstick putter. He had struggles for much of 2015, using a short putter one week, then an arm lock putter in practice rounds, then back to the long putter the next week. For the psychological aspect of a golfer, this makes every putt challenging, questioning if every miss is the putter’s fault and not your own.
Last week on Feb 26, Scott picked up his first win of the season, beating out Sergio Garcia by 1 stroke at the Honda Classic down in Palm Beach, Florida. Scott’s victory in Palm Beach was his first title with a short putter since 2010 after the ban on anchoring.
Scott’s hot putter and smooth swing fired a final round 69 to finish with a 12-under 276 to win the WGC Cadillac Championship at Trump Doral.
To win at the Honda is big, but a WGC win for Scott is huge. After his win, Scott told reporters, “I’d love to just bottle up where my game’s been at the last couple weeks and move forward a month. That’s going to be the hard thing for me to do, is to manage my expectations and also manage my game to keep it right here.”
Scott is the first back-to-back tour winner since Billy Horschel in the 2014 FedEx Cup playoffs. Scott not only proved that he can win on tour with a standard putter, but he showed that he can once again compete on the biggest stage, with the Master’s quickly approaching.
Scott heads into Augusta with 2 wins this season, and already dawns a green jacket. Looks like a shootout between Watson and Scott is in the works.
– M. Fritz