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Richard Kaufman reflects on an impressive week of putting in Perth

Victory was Adam Scott's first with the regular putter since the 2010 Singapore Open
Image: Victory at the Honda Classic was Adam Scott's first with the regular putter since the 2010 Singapore Open

Sky Sports commentator Richard Kaufman looks back at the week's European Tour and PGA Tour action, where it was the putting from golf's old guard which left him most impressed.

Last week after the Maybank Championship Malaysia, my attention was focused on a couple of youngsters who took the eye. This week, it's the golden oldies!

Peter Senior teed it up for the first time this season at the Perth International. Struck by a virus, he was unable to play any of the early events on the Champions Tour and so he arrived at Lake Karrinyup in Western Australia about to try something in competition he hadn't used in 29 years - a short putter!

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 28: Peter Senior of Australia looks on during day four of the 2016 Perth International at Karrinyup GC on February 28, 2016 in
Image: Peter Senior once again rolled back the years on the European Tour

After three decades of sticking that broomhandle putter up against his chin, a style that brought him reward even as late as November 2015 when he remarkably won the Australian Masters, he was heading into the unknown.

As Adam Scott managed to show in Florida at the weekend, what was all the fuss about? So well did Peter Senior putt he actually said after his third round, when he came home in a six-under-par 30, he wondered why he never changed to the short putter earlier!

Senior finished inside the top-10 and was fifth in the putts per round statistics, taking on average 28.5 putts on tricky, sloping, fast greens. 

Vijay Singh posted his best PGA Tour finish since 2013 at PGA National
Image: Vijay Singh posted his best PGA Tour finish since 2013 at PGA National

It was interesting to note while Adam Scott took the spoils in Florida, another of the over 50s brigade who also liked to anchor, Vijay Singh, also managed to finish in the top-10. It makes you wonder if the anchoring ban might have done one or two players a favour.

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It's fair to say if there has been any weakness in the Louis Oosthuizen armoury, it's been with the putter, especially over those four to five footers.

 Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa reacts after missing a putt on the 15th green during day four of the 2016 Perth Internati
Image: Louis Oosthuizen claimed a one-shot win ahead of Alexander Levy in Perth

Adopting the claw grip, he looked rock solid all week. He's such a joy to watch when he's swinging the club, I find it remarkable that a player of that talent hadn't won outside of South Africa until Sunday since 2012! Now that his putting looks solid, don't be surprised if he wins for the first time this season on the PGA Tour.

Oosthuizen is off to Doral this week for the first of the WGC events. It'll be a week of watching Sky Sports for me, before returning with two more co-sanctioned events in Thailand and India.

Watch the WGC-Cadillac Championship throughout the week live on Sky Sports 4 - your home of golf. Live featured group coverage gets underway on Thursday from 4pm. 

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