Pros advice

European Tour Backs Ban

The European Tour has given its public support to the proposed ban on anchored putting strokes, contradicting the stance of its counterpart in the United States.

Just over a week after PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem revealed his members were against the proposal by the R&A and USGA to stamp out anchoring from the start of 2016,

However with the game’s second biggest professional circuit refusing to side with their American counterparts it leaves the PGA Tour as only professional circuit, in both genders, to come out publicly against the rules-makers.

European Tour commissioner George O’Grady acknowledged that the proposed ban had caused most consternation in the United States, where the PGA of America has claimed it will inhibit the growth of the game.

“We understand the points put forward by the PGA Tour and the PGA of America and respect and sympathise with their views,” said the Irishman.

The issue has split opinion amongst some top players with world number’s on and two Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods siding with the R&A and USGA, as has Jack Nicklaus who has urged the PGA Tour to fall in line. “The thing that would disturb me was if the Tour took another position other than the USGA’s and R&A’s final position,” the 18-time major-winner said. “The Tour has always played by one set of rules and I think we should stay that way.”