Golf’s European Tour Supports Move to Ban Anchored Putters

Golf’s European Tour supports a move to ban the anchored putting stroke, placing it at odds with its American counterpart.

The tour agrees with a proposal by the Royal & Ancient Golf Club and the U.S. Golf Association to outlaw the shot in 2016, Chief Executive Officer George O’Grady said today in a statement. The U.S. PGA Tour said Feb. 24 it opposes a ban.

“Virtually all our tournament committee and player representatives support the proposed rule,” O’Grady said.

The USGA sets golf rules for the U.S. and Mexico, while the R&A covers the rest of the world. They are reviewing responses to their planned ban, which has received more objections in the U.S., O’Grady said.

The stroke, where the putter rests against the body to create a pendulum-like swing, was used by 15 percent of professional golfers in 2012. That’s up from 6 percent from 2006 through 2010, according to the two ruling bodies.

Many of golf’s top players, including 14-time major tournament winner Tiger Woods, are among those opposed to the use of anchored putters.

The U.S. PGA Tour’s opposition to the planned ban yields the possibility that events on the sport’s richest circuit may eventually have different rules concerning putting.

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