Bradley ditches belly putter in Rd. 1 at Memorial


DUBLIN, Ohio – Keegan Bradley set out on Thursday at the Memorial with a significant adjustment to his golf bag. The three-time PGA Tour winner is using a non-anchored putter in Round 1 at Muirfield Village.

Bradley, who has used a belly putter since he joined the PGA Tour in 2011 and became the first player to win a major with an anchored putter at the ’11 PGA Championship, played with the shorter version during Wednesday’s practice round but when asked if he planned to use it in the tournament he didn’t sound committed.

“No, maybe, we’ll see,” he said.

Bradley has been tinkering with the shorter putter for some time and hasn’t putted his best season, dropping to 44th in strokes gained-putting.

The U.S. Golf Association and Royal & Ancient agreed last year to ban anchoring beginning in 2016.