Bradley Abandons Belly Putter

Bradley Abandons Belly Putter 1
Keegan Bradley

KEEGAN BRADLEY, HE OF THE BELLY PUTTER and anchored stroke, knew the day was coming. On January 1, 2016, Bradley and others will no longer be permitted by the Rules of Golf to use an anchored stroke.

As Rex Hoggard of reported, Keegan decided this week to abandon the stick and method that helped him win the 2011 PGA Championship.

Bradley knew he’d have to ditch his anchored putter at some point, he just wasn’t looking forward to it. 

“The negatives are just simple, mentally I’m aware that people are watching me,” Bradley said at Muirfield Village [for the Memorial Tournament]. “That’s the hardest part.” 

On Thursday, however, Bradley decided enough was enough, ditching his trusty belly putter for a 41-inch version that was no longer anchored. 

He’d hoped to “fly under the radar” and just give it a test drive, but an opening 67, which left him one stroke off the early lead, and 28 putts ruined the best laid plans.

Not bad.

Friday wasn’t so great, though. Bradley carded a 75, including a 41 with two double bogeys on the incoming nine.

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