I've had bellyful of cheating jibes, says Bradley

Tue Feb 26, 2013 11:58am EST
 
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By Simon Evans

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida (Reuters) - American Keegan Bradley says he is sick of being called a 'cheat' by fans for using a long putter, as the controversy intensifies over the rules on anchoring the shortest club in the bag.

Bradley was the first player to win a major using a belly putter, at the 2011 U.S. PGA Championship, but has since been followed by fellow countryman Webb Simpson at last year's U.S. Open and South African Ernie Els at the 2012 British Open.

Golf's governing bodies, the United States Golf Association (USGA) and the Royal and Ancient (R&A), proposed a ban on anchoring putters to the body in November.

However, U.S. PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem has come out against the change, raising concerns about different rules emerging in different competitions.

Bradley is against the change and is also upset by the reaction of fans and some in the media.

"I take great offence to people calling me a cheater. I think that's unbelievable," he told reporters ahead of this week's Honda Classic.

"It's been pretty difficult especially lately. I'm being called a cheater more than ever by fans, by some writers.

"It's really tough. I can't imagine how people can say that to me or to anybody out here. I'm sick of it to be honest."   Continued...

 
Keegan Bradley of the U.S. reacts to his tee shot on the sixth hole during the final round of the World Challenge golf tournament in Thousand Oaks, California, December 2, 2012. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson