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ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “There is absolutely no evidence, I would suggest, that people are staying in the game because they are anchor putters or play with an anchored stroke. They may not be able to putt as well by going back to the conventional way of doing it, but I don't think that's going to cause golfers who enjoy this wonderful game to leave in big numbers.”
BRAIN TEASER: Zach Johnson won the 2012 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial by one shot over Jason Dufner. On the final hole of the tournament, Johnson incurred a penalty. Do you remember what it was for?
REACTIONS: PGA TOUR released a statement regarding the USGA/R&A ruling banning anchoring. “We would like to thank the USGA for providing the opportunity for input and suggestions relative to Rule 14-1b over the last several months. During that time, various questions were raised and issues discussed. We will now begin our process to ascertain whether the various provisions of Rule 14-1b will be implemented in our competitions and, if so, examine the process for implementation. In this regard, over the next month we will engage in discussions with our Player Advisory Council and Policy Board members. We will announce our position regarding the application of Rule 14-1b to our competitions upon conclusion of our process and we will have no further comment on the matter until that time.”
“If you look at the history of rules changes I can’t think of too many in my 37 years of being in the golf business that have had a potential impact on the business of the game and the enjoyment of the game like this one has,” Ted Bishop, PGA of America President told Back9Network.
“I can point to two or three guys at my facility that over the winter came in and said to me “you know what, if I can’t go out there and use a long putter going forward I may quit playing the game. I’m very disappointed you know in the outcome of this. I think that PGA of America has been very vocal throughout the comment period on all the reasons why we oppose it, as has the PGA Tour. So, I think at this point in time we have to take a couple of steps backward, and just regroup and figure out where are we going to go from here.
“It would be logical that we would definitively rule at the end of June when our board of directors convenes at our professional national championship in Sun River Oregon the last week in June, this is a topic that we need to talk about face to face and it’s also a topic that you know our directors need to solicit input from our 41 sections that they represent and that’s consistent about how we’ve handle this anchoring issue from day one. This wasn’t about a few guys at the top saying this is how we are going to deal with it, this is starting out at the ground level talking with the people that are in the trenches day in and day out and saying what do you think? What’s important to you? Let your voice be heard and so we have got a lot of work to do to get ourselves in a position where we can make a decision in 30 days.
“The prospect of their possibly being any kind of a rollback with the golf ball is something that the PGA of America does not feel is in the best interests of the game, I have had a hard time understanding how amateurs hitting the ball a shorter distance is going to speed up play and it is going to enhance the enjoyment of the game for them.”
“I think that the PGA of America has to look at what’s best for the game as a whole and I think that’s the million dollar question. What is best for the game here? And as I have said from day one we need to be problem solvers not troublemakers.”
PING Chairman and CEO John Solheim said he does not believe the USGA’s and the R&A’s decision to ban anchoring beginning in 2016 is good for golf, and hopes future rules decisions better focus on the needs of amateurs. “I appreciate this was an open process,” Solheim said in a prepared statement. “I also recognize the importance of a single rule book. However, I believe the rulemaking bodies need to better address how we need to make the game more welcoming. I will continue to focus my efforts on that goal.”
Bob Philion, President of COBRA PUMA GOLF released a statement regarding the decision. "Golf lost today. This is not the direction we should be going, it will only continue to alienate people from golf. COBRA PUMA GOLF has been stressing the importance of game enjoyment since we formed in 2010; game enjoyment is how we are going to bring people back to golf. This decision is a giant leap back on that front. With this decision, bifurcation needs to be front and center in golf's conversations and we should be focusing on adapting the rules and the game to be inclusive and fun."
Peter Dawson responded to Philion’s remarks. “We've had a number of comments like that, and clearly we simply don't agree with that,” he said. “I think what we are trying to do here is define what a golf stroke is in a more detailed way than it's been defined in the past, and we are doing it because we think it is the right thing for the game going forward and in the long term. So we don't agree with that comment.”
WILL YOU CALL SOMEONE OUT? So the next step with respect to the pending rule banning anchoring is who will be responsible for enforcing it once it takes effect. “We believe the enforcement of this rule will be relatively straightforward. It will certainly not be the only rule in which we rely to a large extent on a player's own honesty and integrity,” said David Rickman, the R&A's Executive Director of Rules and Equipment Standards.
“Players themselves will know whether they are anchoring the club or whether they are not; and therefore, this rule like many others, will rely to a large extents on that. We don't have any particular concerns in that regard.”
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ANSWERS: “There is absolutely no evidence, I would suggest, that people are staying in the game because they are anchor putters or play with an anchored stroke. They may not be able to putt as well by going back to the conventional way of doing it, but I don't think that's going to cause golfers who enjoy this wonderful game to leave in big numbers.” -- Peter Dawson, CEO of the R&A.
Things got rather interesting on the final hole of the 2012 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, when Zach Johnson violated Rule 20-7 as he played his ball on the green from the wrong place, leading to a two-stroke penalty.
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