Scott Nearly Won The PGA With Two Putters

Adam Scott’s struggles on the greens since the anchoring ban took effect two years ago have been discussed ad nauseum, but this week at the PGA Championship and last week at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, Scott took a page out of Phil Mickelson’s book and inserted two of the same club into his bag.

Like Mickelson did during his march to the green jacket in 2006, Scott put both a broomstick and conventional putter in his bag at Bellerive, opting to remove one of his wedges to afford him the possibility of hitting putts with two different wands.

According to the CBS broadcast, the reason for the two putters was to use the conventional putter for long putts and the long putter for short putts. Although he carried two putters in his bag on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday of the PGA Championship, Scott never pulled the short putter out of the bag, effectively playing with 13 clubs.

To his credit, Scott yielded the broomstick putter effectively finishing the week in 19th in strokes gained: putting, well up from his 192nd spot in the season-long statistic entering the week. 

Playing alongside Brooks Koepka, Scott was the eventual champion’s closest pursuer for most of the final round thanks to five birdies over a seven-hole stretch near the middle of the round that took him from 9-under par to 14-under par through 13 holes. Unable to make any more birdies over the final five holes, Scott fell to solo third place by bogeying the 72nd hole. 

The third-place finish was his best finish in a major since the 2013 Open Championship.