Tiger Woods takes issue with long putter

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PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Tiger Woods has a solution to long putters – make them no longer than the shortest club in the bag.

Woods says he is fundamentally opposed to belly putters or the broom-style putters that are anchored into the body. He says putting should require the skill of controlling the hands and club during a pendulum motion.

Keegan Bradley became the first major champion to use a belly putter when he won the PGA Championship. Bill Haas used the same style when he won the Tour Championship to capture the FedEx Cup.

Woods says Tuesday he has spoken to Royal & Ancient chief executive Peter Dawson over the past few years. He says his idea is to have the putter be no longer than the shortest club, which would be a sand wedge.

MATCH PLAY: This is the final week to qualify for the Match Play Championship, making the world rankings relevant for the first of several times this year.

Among those on the bubble for the 64-man field are Ernie Els (No. 62), followed by Kevin Na, Robert Allenby, Ryan Moore and Augusta native Charles Howell, who at No. 66 is currently just beyond getting the final spot at Dove Mountain in two weeks.

That depends on Paul Casey, who dislocated his right shoulder while snowboarding. Casey is on the mend, and there is an outside chance he could play.

Phil Mickelson already has said he is not playing.

Na tied for fifth in the Phoenix Open, moving up nine spots to No. 63. He had nail down his spot in the World Golf Championship at Pebble Beach this week, as can Ryan Moore at No. 65.


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