Bubba Watson: Slow play a bigger issue than anchoring
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Bubba Watson: Slow play a bigger issue than anchoring

Guess what? Only one player won a major this year using an anchored putting stroke. That was Adam Scott back at the Masters. The other three -- Justin Rose, Phil Mickelson and Jason Dufner -- used a traditional-length putter.

(Never mind that Mickelson and Dufner both used oversized grips on their putters.)

With the anchoring ban set to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2016, Bubba Watson believes a bigger problem in the game is the horrid pace of play.

Speaking with organizers of the Asian Tour's Thailand Golf Championship, which he will play in later this year, Watson explained his frustration.

"We are worried about putters and golf balls and all these things, but I think we should be more concerned about slow play and speeding the game up, not just for pros but for amateur golfers, as well," said Watson, according to Reuters.

"Nobody wants to play a game that takes five-and-a-half hours to play. We want everybody to be able to play and go a lot faster."

Since anchoring has essentially been handled by the joint ruling of the USGA and R&A, maybe it's now time to pivot the focus onto making the game faster.

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