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Feb282013

Ladies Euro Tour Supports Anchoring Ban

Okay, it's not Bobby Jones coming back from the dead to support the governing bodies, but it's another tour supporting the governing bodies and as Alistair Tait notes, all European tours are on board. Right now, the PGA Tour and PGA of America remain lone wolfs.

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They are irrelevant.
02.28.2013 | Unregistered Commenter800LB GORILLA
Well there you go Del, you have no choice but to change your position now!
02.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrad
It will be interesting to see the face saving maneuvers when Finchem and the PGA tour fold.
02.28.2013 | Unregistered Commenterfyg
800LB GORILLA - You are irrelevant.
02.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterUglyPar
LOL Brad... Wonder why the LPGA Tour can't get on the record? Does the Ladies Euro Tour have a seat at the rules table with the R&A like the LPGA Tour does here with the USGA? Has the Euro Tour gone on the record officially yet? Not that there's much doubt about their position... Wonder if Euro Tour players get to vote? Or is their commissioner like Goodell, makes it up as he goes along...

fyg, I have a theory that Finchem is secretly in favor of anchoring and his bumbling actions are intentional. I've not seen any reporter ask him for his own personal opinion.
02.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
"Twenty Percenters"scorecard: watched 16 players on the putting green today...teenage kids to old men and two ladies...

Number of Anchorers: zero
02.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBobby D
Keep the reports coming Bobby D!

I am headed west myself next week and will do the same...
02.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
DTF,

Yes, Finchem is cagey and he may well be putting up a bit of a false front to placate some of the anchorers in case they get litigious. He doesn't want the tour to get named in a lawsuit. I assume that is what you mean.

btw, I'm not mad and avoiding you from the other thread.I just don't have the patience to type out long answers. In my view, an anchored stroke should be illegal and that illegality automatically overrides any other repercussions such as less golfers, etc.

Personally, amateur everyday golfers can do what they wish. I just want to see pro golfers playing for major titles have to overcome any nerve issues by putting in a traditional manner. It bothered me a little to see Simpson close out the U.S. Open while admittedly being nervous. I'm not sure he makes that last putt doing it in the traditional way.
02.28.2013 | Unregistered Commenterfyg
Just saw a press release, both the eGolf Tour and Golden State Tour support the ban.
02.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterC Arthur
All good fyg.

C Aurthur, all we are lacking is the Hooters Tour endorsing the ban and those boobs at the PGA Tour will be licked!
02.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
Mike Whan, commissioner of the LPGA said in a press conference from Singapore that the tour will likely support any decision from the USGA. I suspect the smaller world tours like the Sunshine and Asian tours will also support the R&A and the ban. The PGA tour will be on an island all by themselves.
02.28.2013 | Unregistered CommenterM. Salazar
The PGA Tour, AGAIN, commented during the commentary period.
They did not say they would not follow any rule change.

My Lord, it's like a democrat/republican debate. Relax
02.28.2013 | Unregistered Commenter20/20 rearview
In the not so distant future, Webb Simpson will putt with a conventional putter, struggle on the greens and never win another tournament. Dan Hicks will wonder aloud if the rule change might be to blame. Johnny Miller will remind us all that he was the first to win with a long putter "up his arm." Webb will not blame the lord. Tim Finchem's head will be cryogenically frozen.
02.28.2013 | Unregistered Commenterhighside
<UPDATE>.........................................................

Reuters has announce The Universal Studios Tour is endorsing the ban.
02.28.2013 | Unregistered Commenter20/20 rearview
Can someone put up a recent smug photo of timmy?
03.1.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrian McGaggle
DTF,

Yes, the LET does have regular meetings with the R&A regarding the rules. As far as I know, about 3 or 4 times a year. The European Tour is at the same meetings.
03.1.2013 | Unregistered CommenterTrysil
Press release in Ponte Vedra today at 1 pm. PGA Tour to announce a new local rule taking effect effective immediately, Commissioner Finchem to allow players to begin wearing skirts.
03.1.2013 | Unregistered CommenterSmuttly
Thanks Trysil. The USGA has an official 9 person rules committee composed of 5 USGA staffers, 1 PGA Tour rep, 1 LPGA Tour rep, 1 PGA of America rep, and 1 rep from regional golf associations. This is what I was curious about, does the R&A have a similar committee and is the Ladies Euro Tour represented on it?

FYI....Rory shot 7-over in his first 8 holes and WD'd with a "no comment". Hit two in the water on 18 (his 9th), walked off the course without completing the hole and the reports are that he immediately left the property in a blue BMW.

Uh oh!
03.1.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
DTF,

From the conversations I've had with the person involved, I am under the impression that the R&A seek both feedback on how the Rules function and input on what changes might occur. I think it is a fairly consultative process, there is a ton of reading and analysis of change impacts from all sides involved.

As to the final adoption of changes, my understanding is that the ruling bodies themselves make the decisions after a long, drawn out (but hectic) process.
03.1.2013 | Unregistered CommenterTrysil
So I will take that as a no, the Ladies Euro Tour does not have an official seat on any R&A rules committees should one even exist.

Sounds about right.
03.1.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF

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