ADAM SCOTT has been branded a “cheat” after being called out by a fellow professional who suggested he was breaking the rules.
European Tour pro Matthew Baldwin posted a clip online of Scott putting during the Open at Carnoustie – a tweet he has since deleted.
Aussie Scott, 38, uses a long putter – which he cannot anchor in a fixed point against his body.
The game’s rulemakers made it illegal to lodge the putter grip against any part of the body in January 2016.
But Baldwin wrote alongside the video that showed Scott putting on the tenth hole: “How is that not classed as anchored?”
And golf fans were quick to accuse Scott, who won the 2013 Masters using the same method.
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One wrote: “I’ve seen cruise ships less anchored.”
Another said: “Absolute joke #cheat.”
A fellow user posted: “Outrageous.”
One comment read: “100 per cent anchoring.”
Gary Wilde wrote: “It’s not known as the cheat stick for nothing.”
Another user said: “His hand on the top of the grip is clearly pushed into his chest. It it’s touching it’s anchored. Terrible.”
There is no suggestion of any wrongdoing by Scott and his style was not questioned by rule chiefs at Carnoustie.
He ended up firing a third-round three-under 68 to finish on four under overall and give himself an outside chance of claiming the Claret Jug.
Scott had ditched the long putter but put it back in the bag for the Players Championship in May and has used it since.