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Going low: Levin latest pro to ditch belly putter

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HONOLULU – Spencer Levin is the latest PGA Tour pro to switch from a belly putter to a shorter model, but not because of the impending anchoring ban.

“It’s got nothing to do with it,” he said Thursday. “I’ve got to make money and keep my job. I was practicing with it in the winter and it felt good, so I kept using it.”

Levin opened with a 1-under 69 at the Sony Open. He needed 28 total putts, including nine one-putts and one three-putt.

“Early it felt weird, because I haven’t used it in a tournament in so long I can’t remember,” he continued. “I had a couple of strokes that weren’t very good, but I kind of started to get a feel for it a little bit.”

The USGA and R&A have instituted a ban on anchored putting beginning Jan. 1, 2016, with which the PGA Tour will comply.