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Belly-aching over putter ban begins

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SUN CITY, South Africa -- Two-time Masters champion Bernhard Langer says the debate over putting with long clubs is far from over.

Langer has been using a long putter he anchors to his chest for 15 years, and the German remains one of the best on the 50-and-older Champions Tour, winning the money list for the fourth time this year. He was perplexed when the U.S. Golf Association and the Royal & Ancient Golf Club announced a new rule that would ban players from anchoring the club to the body.

"It has been out for that long," Langer said Thursday at the Nedbank Challenge. "If there is anything illegal about it, why did they not stop it right away? If it is that easy with a long putter, a belly putter, why aren't 90 per cent of the pros and 100 per cent of the amateurs using it?... I do not think it is the end of it," he said.

"There are pros that are on tour that grew up with that putter..."

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 30, 2012 C4

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