Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 2/15/13

Despite a pending new rule that will outlaw long putters in 2016, Keegan Bradley remains an advocate of the anchored putting stroke. Earlier Friday he showed just how long these types of clubs have been a part of golf. The 2011 PGA champion, currently competing at the Northern Trust Open in Los Angeles, tweeted a picture from the Riveria Country Club clubhouse dating back to 1900, of a golfer using the anchored putting stroke.  In addition to Bradley, Webb Simpson and Ernie Els have also used the belly putters in their successful careers. The U.S. Golf Association and Royal & Ancient Golf Club have proposed a new rule that would outlaw a stroke in which the club is anchored to the body, but the final decision on long putters won’t be made for a few weeks. The PGA Tour hasn’t said whether they will adopt the rule if it passes, but Bradley did become the first player to win a major with a belly putter at the PGA Championship. Check out the photo that Bradley tweeted below. Photo via Twitter/Keegan_Bradley

This article first appeared on NESN.com and was syndicated with permission.

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