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Long putters stirring debate on PGA Tour

Rule-makers may act on bellyaching

NORTON — What started as a cry for help eventually turned into a fad, which quickly has mushroomed into a full-blown revolution.

Every week, it seems, more and more PGA Tour players are using long putters or belly putters, with their popularity and success forcing golf’s governing bodies to weigh in on whether putters of unconventional length should remain legal.

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