Harman (65) not worried about 2016 putter ban


ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – As the USGA's 2016 anchor ban inches closer, many players have started making plans to wean themselves off belly and long putters.

Many players - just not Brian Harman.

Harman played his way into a share of the lead at 5-under 65 on Thursday at the McGladrey Classic thanks in large part to his 27 putts on the Seaside Course; but when asked if he’d started thinking about ditching his belly putter, he quickly dismissed the idea.

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“Statistically, the best weeks I had this year on Tour were with the short putter,” said Harman, who tied for sixth at the St. Jude Classic with a non-anchored putter and advanced all the way to the BMW Championship using the short version in the playoffs. “If I was smart, I would use a short putter. It’s all I use at home.”

But he said he went with the anchored model this week because this is his first tournament since the BMW in September and just felt more comfortable starting the season with it.

“But it won’t be a problem. I can change whenever I want,” he said.