Since Tuesday’s announcement by the USGA and R&A against anchored putting, opinions have started to pour in from all over the golf world. Here are some of the Caveman’s favorites!
We all knew that the PGA of America would not be happy with this ruling. PGA of America president Ted Bishop released this statement following the anchoring decision:
Over the past few months The PGA of America has taken a vocal and active position which reflected the strong viewpoint of our PGA Professionals in opposing the USGA and R&A’s proposed Rule 14-1b that would ban the anchored stroke. Today, the governing bodies indicated that they will proceed with the formal adoption of the rule.
We are disappointed with this outcome. As we have said publicly and repeatedly during the comment period, we do not believe 14-1b is in the best interest of recreational golfers and we are concerned about the negative impact it may have on both the enjoyment and growth of the game. Growing the game is one of the fundamental purposes of The PGA of America.
Although we do not agree with the decision, we applaud the USGA for its willingness to listen to our concerns and engage in meaningful discussions. In our opinion and based on our experience, the USGA treated the comment period for what it was intended to be — a time to exchange opinions, concerns and potential solutions.
The LPGA has agreed with the two rule-making bodies since they proposed the ban. They released the following:
The LPGA has consistently conducted our official events in accordance with the Rules of Golf as established by the USGA and the R&A. We recognize the need for an independent governing body to maintain the rules of the game. We trust in the ability and expertise of both the USGA and R&A to make the decisions that are in the best interests of the game.
The USGA provided ample time and opportunity for us to not only educate our players, but also to solicit input, concerns and feedback surrounding Rule 14-1b. While we know that not every one of our members is in favor of the rule change, the LPGA will continue to respect and follow the Rules of Golf which includes the implementation of Rule 14-1b in January of 2016.
Golfweek rounded up player and company opinions at their site including:
Bernhard Langer, two-time Masters winner and current Champions Tour player who has used a long putter since the mid-1990s
It’s disappointing . . . very disappointing. It’s the same thing I’ve said for months: I don’t know why they couldn’t come to the same conclusion 40 years ago that they did today. Why does it take 40 years? Just because we have major winners, that’s what it comes down to.
Greg Norman, PGA Tour legend
In response to a post by Gary Player on the social-media site Twitter, Norman said from his account, @sharkgregnorman: “@garyplayer the right decision on the anchored putter. It will be interesting to see what the @PGATOUR decides or implements.”
David Feherty, broadcaster and former player
Horrible decision. Professional golfers need to make the rules for professional golf. Not rocket science.