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PGA Tour Players Oppose Anchor Ban

If it’s up to the PGA Tour players, the proposed ban on anchoring won’t be adopted.

A member of the Tour’s Players Advisory Council confirmed there was near unanimous agreement among the 12 members on a Monday conference call that the proposed rule be opposed.

Steve Stricker, one of four players on the PGA Tour’s Policy Board (which also had a call Monday afternoon), said, “I can see the tour adopting the rule saying it’s okay for players to use a long putter. We have probably a couple of other rules out here on our hard card that are different from USGA rules, too, and this wouldn’t be any different, I guess.”

Stricker, who originally favored the ban but since has changed his mind, said the tour is drafting a letter to the USGA and R&A to explain its position. He said he didn’t know if the tour will make its own rule should the proposed anchoring ban be adopted by the game’s two ruling bodies.

“We still don’t know where it’s going to lead us,” Stricker said. “I guess we’re just going to have to sit back and see what the USGA is going to do.”

If the ban were adopted and the PGA Tour established its own rule allowing anchoring, it would mean players would play under one set of rules in most events but anchoring would be banned in the The Masters, the U.S. Open and the Open Championship, which are run by different organizations.


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