I requested a statement from the USGA following PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem's comments during the WGC Accenture Match Play, here's what they say:
“The 90-day comment period remains a very good process. We continue to listen to varying points of view, and have had many productive conversations across the golf community, which is a reminder of just how much people care about the game – regardless of their position on this issue."
"As we consider the various perspectives on this issue, it has always been our position that Rule 14-1b aims to clarify and preserve the traditional and essential nature of the golf stroke, which has helped to make golf a unique and enjoyable game of skill and challenge.
"It is our plan to take final action on the proposed rule in the spring.”