Thursday, July 14, 2016

European Tour players take on a 200-yard shot...with a putter


When playing links golf, a golfer can’t be afraid to put the ball on the ground — often times, with a putter. That sometimes isn’t only the right play, it’s the only play.

So, as further preparation for next week’s British Open, the European Tour asked players at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open to attempt a 200-yard shot with the flat stick.

A lot of players took the tour up on the challenge, set up at tournament host Castle Stuart in Inverness. Phil Mickelson, Henrik Stenson, Patrick Reed (from his knees) and others all gave it a try. Perhaps it shouldn’t come as a surprise that a couple of Scottish players were the top finishers. Richie Ramsay hit his shot to 12 feet, but Russell Knox was the contest winner by getting his ball to stop just 9 feet from the hole.

In the tournament, however, Knox finished tied for 10th, behind Ramsay, who was tied for sixth and low Scot.

Ryan Ballengee is a Yahoo Sports contributor. Find him on Facebook and Twitter.

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