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By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Adam Scott and his broomstick drain a clutch putt on Sunday at the Masters

Damn you, Adam Scott. You and your broom just had to drain every 20-footer on the back nine at Augusta to nearly win the Masters. Which means you almost became the first player to capture a major wielding a long putter. Now look what you’ve done — just about every player who has a twitchy wrist thinks a long putter may solve his putting woes. But to be fair, it’s not only Adam’s fault. Martin Laird and Brendan Steele deserve some of the blame, too — they recently won the Bay Hill Invitational and Texas Valero Open, respectively, playing with belly putters.

(To clarify, Scott uses a long, broomstick putter that he anchors just below his chin against his sternum, which is different from a belly putter, but both are considered “long putters.” A belly putter is wedged into the stomach for support, helping stabilize the hands through the stroke.)

This week at The Heritage, there were more guys than usual tinkering with belly putters. I mean, it was impossible not to notice the increase. When I walked out to the practice green on Tuesday afternoon, I almost thought I was at the Champions Tour event just 30 miles down the road. I was blown away by the number of players toying with belly putters or showing them to their peers who were inspecting them with acute curiosity.

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By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Ugh, not another spike mark! Karma sucks.

On Saturday afternoon the door to the scoring trailer at Bay Hill swung open and an irked Stephen Ames, sitting next to a wide-eyed Henrik Stenson, barked, “Justin, are you wearing metals?”

Rose, who was in mid-sentence during an interview, played in front of Ames and Stenson in the third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational. He looked up and said, shaking his head, “No, I’m not.” Ames tried again, “Was JJ (Henry)?”

Rose, who was paired with Henry that day, thought for a moment and said, “No, I don’t think so.”

Ames, who shot 76 in the third round with 33 putts, slammed the door shut.

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