Bernhard Langer's recent brush with anchoring at the U.S. Senior Open prompted a pre-round visit with rules officials from the USGA. There was also overwhelming outrage on social media and coverage from Fox Sports addressing concerns of a possible rules violation. The issue summed up here by Brandel Chamblee, who coverage this week may have prompted the latest response:
I've watched both Langer & McCarron demonstrate what they are intending to do, not anchor. Those are top 2. In competition bottom 2 .Same? pic.twitter.com/NPbbJ5JHTk— brandel chamblee (@chambleebrandel) July 7, 2017
At the very least, Langer is taking things right up to the edge of the anchoring ban. At the worst, he's openly resisting the rule knowing that the genteel world of golf would never actually prosecute a player of his caliber.
This all prompted an unusual Friday news dump with statements from Langer, fellow Champions Tour long putter user Scott McCarron and the USGA. Here is what was said:
The "integrity" language here from the USGA would suggest that actually enforcing the rule is now almost impossible given the introduction of intent. With this in mind and knowing there are seniors whose golfing lives were made miserable by not being able to anchor, perhaps it's time to drop a rule that will not be enforced?
The SI/Golf.com gang contemplated massaging or changing the rule in this week's discussion that included caddie John Wood.
Given the potential rules changes for 2019, should the governing bodies consider abandoning a rule that started in 2016 after much debate?
The poll and your votes please: