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The USGA says he has been called a cheater by fans and writers. / Stephen Dunn, Getty Images

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - The frustration has not lessened for Keegan Bradley.

Bradley, the first player to win a major title anchoring the putter at the 2011 PGA Championship (followed by anchoring wins last year from Webb Simpson in the U.S. Open and Ernie Els in the British Open), continues to be called a cheater.

"I'm being called a cheater more than ever by fans, by some writers - none of your guys - and it's really tough,"Bradley said Tuesday at a news conference in advance of this week's Honda Classic. "A lot of it's on Twitter, which is ridiculous, anyways, I know. I do read it and I shouldn't. I can't imagine how people can say that to me or to anybody out here. It's been really difficult, and I'm sick of it to be honest. I'm ready to be over it. I realize that this is going to be an issue now for the next couple years, at least. I hope the USGA thought about us players before they did this, because it's been really difficult on me and I know it's been really difficult on some other players, too."

" ? It's a mess. It's going to be a mess."

The issue will continue to be debated at least until spring, when the USGA and R&A will announce their final ruling on a proposed ban on anchoring a club. The comment period ends Thursday.

"Commissioner (Tim) Finchem and the PGA Tour have always had their players' backs, no matter how big or small the group is," Bradley said. "Two of the biggest golf organizations, the PGA Tour and the PGA of America have said that they don't agree with the USGA (and R&A). If they are really taking this comment period seriously, I think they really need to look at what's been said by both those organizations.

" ? When I won the PGA in 2011 with a belly putter, I did my press conference and I didn't get asked one question about it.

The PGA Tour joined the PGA of America in sending a formal response opposing the proposal. The European Tour, however, has signaled its support.

As for whether the PGA Tour would go against the rule if it is enacted - it wouldn't take effect until Jan.1, 2016 - that debate, Finchem says, is still to come.



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