Scott makes 'forced change' back to short putter

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INCHEON, South Korea – It’s been five weeks since Adam Scott’s season ended at The Barclays and the Australian spent that time making what he called a “forced change” to a conventional-length putter.

Scott arrived at this week’s Presidents Cup using a standard-length putter with a cross-handed grip after finishing his season with his old broom-handled putter.

“It was a good time to make the change and I spent some time working on it, a similar amount of time actually when I went to the long putter,” Scott said. “It’s kind of refreshing to make a forced change because my putting stats are certainly unimpressive this year.”

Scott, who ranked 158th in strokes gained-putting this season, said he didn’t put much work into his transition to a shorter putter earlier this year and “got a little jumpy as I neared the Masters,” before switching back to the longer version prior to Augusta National.

This time, however, he said he spent the last five weeks working on the transition with next year’s ban on anchoring looming.

“I’m more confident putting it into play this week,” said Scott, who played a nine-hole practice round with Louis Oosthuizen on Monday. “There has to be a week where I start and it may as well be here and I’m very confident I can make myself one of the best putters on Tour.”

Scott also revealed that he’s been dealing with a lingering finger injury since the PGA Championship. He said he tore a ligament in his middle finger on his right hand, the result, he said, of the repetitive stress of hitting so many golf balls.

“It’s healed well enough to play and it will just scar up and hopefully it will be fine,” he said.