THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Keegan Bradley is amongst those professional golfers who stand to lose the most based on Wednesday’s joint proposal from the U.S. Golf Association and Royal & Ancient Golf Club that would ban anchored putting on Jan. 1, 2016.
He’s already hearing what some golf fans have to say about it.
On the final hole of the World Challenge third round on Saturday, Bradley heard one gallery member refer to him as a “cheater” – despite the fact that anchoring his putter is still within the rules of golf.
“[That] was no fun,” Bradley said after a 5-under 67 that left him in second place. “But I look forward to hopefully making everything tomorrow with that belly putter and hopefully it'll get a little louder.”
Asked whether he responded to the fan, Bradley said, “No. You know, that's unfortunate. It's very disrespectful. But it's fine with me. I've got to try to look at it as motivation to help me try to win this tournament.”
Bradley was quick to contend that more fans offered encouragement and it was only a small minority that heckled him on the course.
“[They say], ‘Don't worry about it, you'll make putts with that short putter,’ or something silly like that,” he said. “But there's always going to be people that are negative. That's fine with me.”