Here’s the question, did Ernie Els win the Open Championship or did Adam Scott lose it?
It comes down to one thing, who made putts and who didn’t. Ernie slammed his putt on the 18th green into the back of the cup for birdie. He knew that birdie was his only chance to maybe get into a playoff for the Claret Jug.
Adam Scott on the other hand, was timid with his putter all day. He left many of his birdie opportunities short. And when the putter could have clenched the win for Adam on the 17th hole, his putt lost speed, broke enough to only catch the edge of the hole and spin out. On the 18th hole, when he need to sink a putt just to get into the playoff with Ernie, he hit the putt too firm and it didn’t take the break.
From a golf retailer perspective, it was interesting to see the Adam Scott and Ernie Els using longer than standard putters. Adam Scott, a Titleist staff player using the Scotty Cameron Circle T Tour Studio Select Kombi long putter. Adam’s putter length is 49 inches, it’s kind of between a traditional long putter and mid-length putter. Ernie Els, like a lot of other tour professionals, is using a classic Odyssey White Hot putter. Ernie uses an Odyssey White Hot XG #1 putter belly putter. If these guys have made the move to longer than standard putter to win tournaments and make money, are we going to see more amateurs move to belly or long putters? If your friends are making you putt everything out because you can’t make a two footer to save your life, it might be time to give the longer putter a chance.