AUGUSTA, Ga. —
Of course, to suggest that Scott gained an advantage by using the longer putt would be to overlook that he didn’t make a putt longer than 4 feet from the third hole of the final round until that birdie putt on the 18th curled in the back of the cup. If he had, Scott might have won by five shots. That’s how well he struck the ball in the rain on Sunday.
It also would overlook the final four holes of the British Open last summer, when Scott missed par putts on all of them that cost him the claret jug.
Geoff Ogilvy summed it up nicely last summer when he said of Scott’s long putter, “It just makes his bad days better. It doesn’t make his good days better.”
Then again, Scott never seriously contended in a major championship until after he switched to the long putter at the 2011 Match Play Championship. He tied for second at the Masters that year.