PGA TOUR to ban anchored strokes

TOUR decides to join USGA, R&A in eliminating anchored putters
07/02/2013 3:25 PM ET
By Mike Tanowitz

2013 Masters champion Adam Scott is not happy about the anchored putter ban.(AP)
Following suit with the United States Golf Association and Great Britain's R&A, the PGA Tour will adopt a ban on anchored strokes beginning on January 1, 2016.

Tim Finchem, commissioner of the PGA, said back in February that the tour hoped the ban be rescinded, but the board came to a decision to honor the ban this week.

"In making its decision, the Policy Board recognized that there are still varying opinions among our membership, but ultimately concluded that while it is an important issue, a ban on anchored strokes would not fundamentally affect a strong presentation of our competitions or the overall success of the PGA Tour," Finchem said. "The Board also was of the opinion that having a single set of rules on acceptable strokes applicable to all professional competitions worldwide was desirable and would avoid confusion."

Many players on the tour were vocal about their disdain to the rule change, with Adam Scott, Webb Simpson, and Keegan Bradley among those who made their displeasure known. Their argument was based on the fact that the anchored stroke has been around for decades, and there is no statistical evidence that suggests the stroke gives an advantage.

Including 2013 Masters winner Scott and 2012 U.S. Open champion Simpson, four of the last six major winners have ridden an anchored stroke to victory.

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