|Tiger Woods lines up his shot on the second green during the final round of the Abu Dhabi Championship at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Jan. 29, 2012. (NIKHIL MONTEIRO/Reuters)
Some hot young talent such as Webb Simpson and Keegan Bradley emerged on the PGA Tour during Tiger Woods' two-year dry spell that began with the Escalade escapade in November 2009 and accelerated from there.
Simpson and Bradley rose to prominence using the belly putter -- Simpson winning the Wyndham Championship last August, the week after Bradley captured the PGA Championship.
Bill Haas won the Tour Championship last year using a belly putter; ditto for Adam Scott at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
Coincidentally, Woods, who makes his PGA Tour season debut this week, thinks the belly putter -- which is anchored in the player's midsection -- should be banned.
"I'm a traditionalist when it comes to that," Woods said Tuesday at a press conference at Pebble Beach, Calif.
He said he has lobbied the R&A, golf's governing body, to outlaw the club "to get away from any type of belly anchoring."
"My idea was to have it so that the putter would be equal to or shorter than the shortest club in your bag," Woods said.
He also would mandate that the putters be measured before play begins.