European Tour to back putter ban

The European Tour has confirmed that it will support a proposed ban on anchored putters.

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The European Tour has decided to back the ban, despite the PGA Tour and PGA of America voicing their obstructions to the proposed ban of ‘belly putters’.

“We understand the points put forward by the PGA Tour and PGA of America” European Tour boss George O’ Grady told reporters. “The Tour has confirmed its support for the R&A and the USGA and their proposal for rule 14-1b – the prohibition of anchoring any club when making a stroke under the Rules of Golf.”

“The European Tour has been fully involved in the consultation process, which ended on 28 February, and deeply value this involvement. Our members support the unique role played by the governing bodies in formulating the rules of golf.

The proposed ban has been a controversial issue in golf, with many stars voicing differing opinions. World number one Rory McIlroy and 14-time winner Tiger Wood support the proposed ban, but others such as Keegan Bradley, Webb Simpson and Open champion Ernie Els are against it.

The European statement said that it effectively had the full backing of it’s members.

“Additionally, virtually all of our tournament committee and player representatives support the proposed rule even though they are aware, and have taken into account, the fact that some members and especially our senior members use the anchored method.”

It will be interesting to see how the controversial issue unfolds.

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