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Trivia Tuesday: Major Champs Who Used Anchored Putting Strokes

As of January 1 of this year, a player is no longer able to anchor a putter to their body while making a stroke. Although the popularity of the stroke only boomed for a few years before being outlawed, four players won majors using the method.

  • Keegan Bradley (2011 PGA Championship) – Bradley was the first player to win a major when he defeated Jason Dufner in a playoff at Atlanta Athletic Club.
  • Webb Simpson (2012 U.S. Open) – The relatively unknown Wake Forest product rallied from four shots down on the final day to find his way past Jim Furyk and Graeme McDowell.
  • Ernie Els (2012 Open Championship) – Els edged out Adam Scott, making it back-to-back belly putter victors. Over 27 percent of the field used long putters that week.
  • Adam Scott (2013 Masters) – Scott flipped the script the following spring when he defeated Angel Cabrera in a playoff at Augusta. At the time, four of the past six major winners putted with an anchored stroke.



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