PGA Tour vs Rest of the World
The anchoring ban has created a huge controversy amongst the golf community.
The R&A and the USGA laid out there plans to ban the anchoring of long putters. They constituted a 90-day time frame to hear opinions from all parties involved so that everyone could put in their two cents before they “officially” ban the anchoring stroke.
The 90 days are over and things are as confusing as ever. The PGA Tour and the PGA of America have stepped forward and voiced the opinion that they do not think this is a good for golf. And they went so far as to say that the PGA Tour may envoke a local rule that would allow anchoring. All that was needed from this point was the European Tour to follow suit so that the R&A and USGA ban wouldn’t hold much weight.
Well that didn’t happen.
The European Tour came forward and said that it wasn’t as big of a deal to them as it was in America, so they planned on following the R&A’s ban on anchoring.
Where does that put us now? I have no idea… LOL!
The USGA and the R&A will now meet and deliberate on whether they will follow through with the anchoring ban. If they do then the PGA Tour has to decide whether to enact the local rule of allowing the anchoring stroke. If this happens… I see a MAJOR ISSUE ahead for the USGA.
The PGA of America and the thousands of PGA pro’s who run lucrative golf shops and tournaments will surely allow anchoring at their venues.
Does that steel the thunder from the USGA?
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Keep em Long and Straight,