Golf

Mickelson enters putter row

2012-11-07 16:54
Phil Mickelson (File)

Singapore - American star Phil Mickelson on Wednesday said banning long putters would be "grossly unfair", disagreeing with long-time rival Tiger Woods and adding to the uproar as golf chiefs consider the move.

The four-time Major-winner, who does not use one of the "belly" or "broomstick" putters which are under scrutiny from the sport's rules-making bodies, spoke out before the $6 million Barclays Singapore Open.

"It's not an issue that I'm involved with, I understand both sides. It's just that I don't think you can take away what you've allowed players to use, practise and play with for 30 years. I think it is grossly unfair," he said.

Mickelson's comments contrast with former world number one and 14-time Major winner Woods, who wants a ruling that the putter should be the shortest club in the bag.

The row has blown up since Keegan Bradley, Webb Simpson and Ernie Els all won Major titles in the past two seasons using long putters, which are controversial because they can be steadied against the body.

Last week in China, Bradley did not rule out legal action if a ban is imposed, while in Singapore Australia's Adam Scott, who also uses a long putter, said Woods's views were questionable.

"I am not necessarily sure his views on what putter should be are correct at all - his view that the putter should be the shortest club in the bag has never been a rule of golf. I do not see why it should be now," said Scott.

European Tour chief George O'Grady on Sunday confirmed the Royal and Ancient Golf Club and the United States Golf Association, which set the rules of golf, have been discussing the move.

HAVE YOUR SAY: Long putters: Fair or foul? Send your thoughts to Sport24.

Read more on:    phil mickelson  |  golf
NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
3 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 

Pedal power to hit Kouga this May

Hundreds of adrenaline junkies will descend on Kouga this May for the annual action-packed MySpar Mountain Bike Classic.

 
 

Outdoor

Extreme Kiteboarding in Pumping Conditions!
The Arctic becomes an unlikely surfing hotspot
A romantic holiday to beat the winter blues
Why should you do a 5k?
 
 
/News
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

SuperBru Super Rugby challenge

Enter and challenge Sport24's staff!

Featured

As the Absa Premiership nears the Christmas break, a little over half the season remains. Who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Which teams will be relegated? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
Vote

Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel's decision to not represent South Africa at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, citing family and schedule issues, is...

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.