Standoff over anchored putters rages on

There has been much debate over what to call the 14-year-old Chinese golf sensation, but we have it...

There has been much debate over what to call the 14-year-old Chinese golf sensation, but we have it on good authority that it is in fact Guan Tianlang. (AFP)

IAN HUTCHINSON, For QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:27 PM ET

R&A chief Peter Dawson sounded more desperate than distinguished with his comments reported in several media outlets last week about the debate over anchored putting and the division it has caused in the game.

The PGA Tour is one influential group that has opposed the proposed ban, introduced last fall by the R&A and USGA.

“I’m disappointed at the way that campaign was conducted. It put rule-making on to the negotiating table,” Dawson said.

“People have taken positions that they will now have to back off from or maintain. The negotiating table is no place for rule-making. Obviously, feelings are strong. We shall have to see where it goes,” he said.

It has been nearly two months since a 90-day comment period concluded and Dawson’s comments seem like a preemptive strike in defending the controversy that’s sure to follow an announcement that should be coming soon.

What was the comment period for, if not to voice an opinion either for or against?


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