Tim Rosaforte - July 30, 2012


Adam Scott returns to Firestone as the defending champion in his first start since The Open Championship. After spending a week at his home in Switzerland, Scott has spent a few days at Kiawah Island preparing for the PGA Championship with his swing instructor. Rosaforte expects that Scott will be greeted by a lot of people when he first arrives at Firestone this week. Greg Norman among other people are very confident that Scott will bounce back from what happened at Royal Lytham & St. Annes and will end up becoming a better player.

Mike Weir has continued to struggle since his elbow injury in 2011 as he has missed the cut in all 11 of his starts on the 2012 PGA TOUR. Weir is not a long hitter and he is trying to find the best way to become a competitive player. However, Weir has always sought the advice of numerous people in an effort to find the best swing and he is more than willing to talk to multiple people at a time on this subject.

Lee Westwood is planning to make a permanent move to Florida and was in South Florida last week to look at houses. He stayed at Old Palm while he was in town and he is looking for a place where he and his family can live and where he can practice all year long. He went fishing with his friend Louis Oosthuizen while in South Florida as well.

In his second visit to Monday’s Morning Drive, Rosaforte began by saying that 2011 PGA Champion Keegan Bradley, who uses an anchored putter, certainly has his opinions on the issue. When asked what he would do if anchoring were banned, Bradley said he would embrace the challenge of working with the new policy and added that he has only anchored his putter for the last five years and he could go back to his old style. Bradley is not a player whose career would end if anchoring were made illegal.

While he is not a lawyer, Rosaforte believes that the USGA and R&A have allowed these professional golfers to make a living anchoring their putters and if anchoring were suddenly ruled illegal, current players like Bernhard Langer, Tim Clark, and Fred Couples could pursue these organizations on legal grounds because it is likely that these players among others would be unable to compete on the highest levels if they could not putt in that fashion.

Webb Simpson practiced at Kiawah Island before returning to Charlotte for the birth of his and wife Dowd’s daughter Willow Grace. While Simpson will not play in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, he is looking to play in seven of the next eight weeks in the PGA, Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, the four PGA TOUR Playoff events, and the Ryder Cup. And based on his schedule in 2011, Rosaforte would not be surprised to see Webb add The McGladrey Classic and/or the Childrem’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic during the Fall Series.