The USGA and Royal and Ancient (R&A), golf’s two regulating bodies, jointly announced Tuesday morning the rules change proposed back in November that starting January 1, 2016, players will no longer be allowed to anchor the putter to their bodies.
Rule 14-1b will effect many of golf’s top players, including Keegan Bradley, Ernie Els, Webb Simpson and 2013 Masters champion, Adam Scott.
The rule change was expected as is the European Tour’s decision to follow suit. The real question now is what the PGA Tour will do after openly declaring its opposition to the rule. Following the USGA / R&A’s announcement, the PGA Tour released an official statement on its website on adoption of Rule 14-1b:
PGA TOUR acknowledges that the USGA has adopted Rule 14-1b which prohibits anchored putting as of January 1, 2016. We would like to thank the USGA for providing the opportunity for input and suggestions relative to Rule 14-1b over the last several months. During that time, various questions were raised and issues discussed. We will now begin our process to ascertain whether the various provisions of Rule 14-1b will be implemented in our competitions and, if so, examine the process for implementation. In this regard, over the next month we will engage in discussions with our Player Advisory Council and Policy Board members. We will announce our position regarding the application of Rule 14-1b to our competitions upon conclusion of our process and we will have no further comment on the matter until that time.
I fully expect them to follow suit though I think PGA Tour commissioner, David Finchem, is a complete idiot evident by how he handled the whole Vijay Singh Deer Antler doping case , so who knows…
For those confused about Rule 14-1b, The Golf Channel put together this very informative .jpg below. Let us know what you think of the new rule change. Cheers!