Scott switching back to long putter for Masters

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Adam Scott’s experiment with a conventional-length putter lasted only three events.

The world No. 6 told the Australian Associated Press on Tuesday that he’ll put the broomstick putter back in play for next week's Masters. 

The switch back to the long wand isn’t viewed as a long-term solution, of course; anchoring is banned on professional tours beginning Jan. 1.

In his most recent start, at Bay Hill, Scott missed five times inside 5 feet, 11 putts inside 10 feet and lost more than four shots to the field on the greens. When he missed the cut the previous week in Tampa – his first MC in 45 events – he lost a whopping 7.8 strokes on the greens. Overall, according to the Golf Channel research team, he has missed 18 times inside 10 feet in his last eight rounds.

Scott has never been a consistently strong putter with either method, but his putting since 2011 – when he switched to the long putter – was viewed as a positive move. He won his first major, the 2013 Masters, and rose to No. 1 in the world last May. 

Since 2011, Scott has finished no worse than 14th in four appearances at Augusta.