Date: April 01, 2015
Author: Mark Hayes

Scott reverts to broomstick for Masters

For Adam Scott, it seems a case of better the devil you know.

The 2013 champion has, temporarily at least, abandoned his short putter for next week’s Masters.

Scott has told AAP that he will revert to his trusty broomstick after using a short putter for his first three events of his US PGA Tour season.

The Queenslander putted well at the WGC-Cadillac Championship where he tied fourth as he took clear steps towards preparing for the ban on anchored strokes by the end of the year.

But in his most recent start at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Scott missed five times 2m, 11 putts inside 3m and lost more than four shots to the field on the greens.

When he missed the cut the previous week at the Valspar Championship – his first MC in 45 events – he lost an extraordinary 7.8 strokes on the greens.

The world No.6 spent last week and early this week in practice at Augusta before making his decision.

"Putting with a longer putter is maybe the smarter thing to do (at Augusta)," Scott told when still undecided after his final round at Bay Hill.

"It's all about the lag putting. It's such a difference in weight of club and stroke and everything. I'm just trying to figure it all out."

Scott’s long putter will forever be etched into Australian sporting folklore having made birdie putts with it – and the accompanying celebrations – on the 72nd and 74th holes to win our first green jacket in 2013.

He has also used the long putter to finish inside the top-15 an incredible 13 times in the past 16 majors.

Scott is ranked 184th on the PGA Tour this season in strokes gained putting, well down from his 55th last year.

He is ranked first in greens in regulation percentage, highlighting the imbalance.

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

"There is plenty to take confidence," Scott told AAP.

"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."