PGA Tour agrees to adopt anchor ban

In the end it was the pressure of being different to the rest of the golfing world that told the story.

Either way a sticky situation has been avoided with the world’s biggest professional tour, the USPGA Tour, agreeing to adopt a ban on anchoring putters from January 1, 2016.

Tim Finchem PGA Commissioner Tim Finchem (Credit: Getty Images)

Early reports suggested the Tour was against the rule change adopted by both the R&A and the USGA that banned the anchoring of putters from January 1, 2016 and had even considered allowing the 18 per cent of PGA Tour players who anchored their putters to continue to do so after that date.

Now the end the Tour’s policy board has agreed to the rule change and has informed the player advisory council of its decision.

According to Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem in making its decision the policy board had recognised there were still varying opinions among it’s membership.

“But ultimately they 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 felt having a single set of rules on acceptable strokes applicable to all professional competitions worldwide was desirable and would avoid confusion.”

Despite that suggestion, the Tour surprisingly urged the governing bodies to extend the timeframe for amateurs to anchor, possibly until another rules change scheduled for 2024.

The Tour actually suggested that a different set of rules for professionals and amateurs might be the best option in the short-term, especially for those who don’t “play for pay”.