According to the reigning US Open champ, there isn’t a good case to be made for banning the long/belly putter, despite the growing sentiment the ruling bodies have already made a decision on the topic. “Look at the facts, and the facts last year, there was no one in the Top‑20 in strokes gained category that anchored a putter,” Webb Simpson pointed out. “So the argument of, it's an advantage, you have to throw that out there. There's a bunch of arguments going around but I haven't heard a good one yet so wait and see.
“I'm friends with a lot of the R&A guys and the USGA guys. It's nothing personal and I know they are trying to do it for the betterment of the game. But, I don't think it's a good decision,” he continued. “We all know that the R&A and USGA love to keep golf as original as possible. I think it's getting more attention because Keegan (Bradley) won a major, I won a major, Ernie (Els) won a major. There's a lot more talk about it now. Twitter, certain guys that are Tweeting about it to half a million followers, so it's getting out. If the USGA bans it, I think it's going to be a whole another ballgame to see if the PGA TOUR bans it,” he said. “ I think it's going to be tough if they do ban it. It's going to be tough for a lot of people, not players. I think it's going to be tough for committees to really have a stance on it and explain why.”