Carl Pettersson has used a long putter since 1998. It follows that he lobbied against the upcoming ban on anchored putting strokes. And that he is one of nine players who retained a lawyer. And that he ultimately tired of the whole controversy.
But now, instead of fighting, he is switching.
That's right: Pettersson used the short, conventional putter on a trial basis Sunday in the final round of the John Deere Classic. He liked the results enough that he is using it again this week at the British Open at Muirfield.
So it's time to cue the old saw: If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.
Using a split claw grip on a putter measuring about 37 inches long and featuring a Ping Anser-style head, Pettersson took 28 putts in a final-round 1-under-par 70 at the Deere. That experience, he said, "went better than expected." It was the first time he used a conventional putter in competition in more than 15 years, since he was at Central Alabama Community College.
"It felt really good," Pettersso...