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Deutsche Bank Championship

Once-scorned long putter now the choice of champs

Success of users prompting debate about banning club

NORTON - Mocked for years as a last-resort tool of desperation, the long putter just might be having the last laugh.

If golf consumers base their equipment purchases on what’s in the hands of the PGA Tour’s best players, expect long putters to start flying off store shelves. Adam Scott won on tour with one, then Hopkinton High School graduate Keegan Bradley became the first to claim a men’s major championship with it at the PGA. Webb Simpson made it three victories in three weeks.

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