4 Apr 2015

Adam Scott back to long putter

7:59 am on 4 April 2015

The Australian golf Adam Scott is reverting to his broomstick putter for the Masters, the same club he won the green jacket with in 2013.

The longer, anchored style putters will be banned in 2016, prompting Scott to use a short putter in his first three tournaments of 2015.

The Australian golfer Adam Scott with his long putter.

The Australian golfer Adam Scott with his long putter. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The Queenslander putted exceptionally in his opening event, the WGC-Cadillac Championship where he tied fourth, but struggled on the greens at the Valspar Championship, missing a cut for the first time in almost three years.

At the Arnold Palmer Invitational two weeks ago Scott tied for 35th.

The world number six spent last week and early this week in practice at Augusta before making his decision.

"It's all about the lag putting. It's such a difference in weight of club and stroke and everything," he says.

Two years ago, Scott made a clutch long birdie putt on the 72nd hole and another on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff when he buried decades of heartache for his countrymen by becoming the first Australian to win the Masters.

With the long putter Scott has finished inside the top-15 an incredible 13 times in the last 16 majors.

This season, Scott is currently ranked 184th on the US tour in strokes gained putting, well down from his 55th placing last year.

He is ranked first in greens in regulation percentage highlighting the need to get the flat stick working to take advantage of his precision iron play.

Scott is in no doubt his recent run of results at Augusta, where he has been no worse than a tie for 18th since 2010, will ensure he takes confidence into the event.

"I am going back as a previous champion for the rest of my life and I have played the course really well over the last five years now."