Sometimes, mothers know best.
Keegan Bradley, the first player to win a major championship using an anchored putter, put a shorter, non-anchored putter into play at the Memorial Tournament – at the urging of his mother – after a poor putting week at the HP Byron Nelson Championship.
Bradley ditched his 46-inch putter for a 41-inch Odyssey of the same model.
“She said, “I’m going to tell you something. I don’t think you’re going to like it.’ I was like, ‘All right,’ ” Bradley said. “She said, ‘I think you should use the short putter.’ ”
Bradley said he hadn’t given it any thought until then, but the idea excited him. He played a couple of 36-hole days with Michael Jordan and asked MJ to razz him about the putter change. Bradley felt good enough about it to bring it to Muirfield Village, where he shot 67 in the first round.
He wanted to keep the switch quiet but word got out Wednesday afternoon.
Knowing the rules mandate he abandon the anchored putter in 2016, Bradley left open the possibility he could switch back to the anchored putter if he feels it’s his best option.