x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 29 July 2017

Adam Scott wins the Masters with anchored putter but golf fans still want them banned

The decision on possibly banning anchored putters in the PGA is expected in a few weeks and the fact that Adam Scott won the Masters with a belly putter has little influence, writes Steve Elling.

Adam Scott of Australia tees off on the second hole during the final round of the Masters at the Augusta National Golf Club on Sunday. David Cannon / Getty Images
Adam Scott of Australia tees off on the second hole during the final round of the Masters at the Augusta National Golf Club on Sunday. David Cannon / Getty Images

Scott's anchored win has little ban influence

Within a matter of hours, a poll was posted on a popular golf website, asking readers whether Adam Scott's memorable Masters win, orchestrated while using a broom-handled putter, had softened or hardened their view of the proposed ban of anchored putters.

The poll question could also have noted that in the same event, a 14-year-old from China had not only become the youngest player in modern majors history, but the youngest to make the cut at a major - while wielding a belly putter.

Early voting results were running 70-30 in favour of the ban. In reading the tea leaves, the chances that the rule change will nonetheless be implemented seem far greater, however.

Scott became the fourth player in the past six majors to win while using a long putter anchored to his body, joining Keegan Bradley (PGA Championship), Webb Simpson (US Open) and Ernie Els (British Open).

A final announcement on the whether the ban will be enacted - the PGA Tour and PGA of America have lobbied against the anchoring ban - is expected within the next few weeks. But judging by the reaction of the US Golf Association, Scott's performance might have hardened their resolve.

"Adam's win - which was wonderful - will almost assuredly have no effect on the decision or the background information that has been done," said Mike Davis, the USGA chief. "As you know, we are looking at things for all of golf, not just the elite, professional tours."