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Woods offers solution against long putters

By Doug Ferguson

Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 7 2012 12:50 p.m. MST

Tiger Woods, right, talks to reporters during a news conference at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am golf tournament in Pebble Beach, Calif., Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012.

Eric Risberg, Associated Press

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 last few years. He says his idea is to have the putter be no longer than the shortest club, which would be a sand wedge.

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