Haas, Langer defend long putter use

Haas, Langer defend long putter use
November 29, 2012, 2:59 pm
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FILE - This june 12, 2012 file photo shows Webb Simpson reacting on the 18th hole during the fourth round of the U.S. Open Championship golf tournament at The Olympic Club in San Francisco. Golf's governing bodies, worried that players will turn to long putters as an advantage instead of a last resort, proposed a new rule Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, that would ban the putting stroke used by three of the last five major champions. This year, Simpson won the U.S. Open and Ernie Els won the British Open using belly putters. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

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SUN CITY, South Africa (AP) 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 percent of the pros and 100 percent of the amateurs using it?''

Langer suggested there might be a challenge to the rule proposal.