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Master winner Adam Scott won't be able to use a long putter on the PGA Tour starting in 2016....

Master winner Adam Scott won't be able to use a long putter on the PGA Tour starting in 2016. (Reuters)

IAN HUTCHINSON, For QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:32 AM ET

It shouldn’t really come as a surprise that the PGA Tour, despite its initial objections, has decided to comply with the recent ban on anchored putting imposed by the USGA and R&A.

The tour had to at least give the perception that it supported players who have been using the anchored stroke for years in the event of any litigation that could be launched by Tim Clark, Carl Pettersson or others. That’s still a possibility.

However, the tour really didn’t want to be seen as the bad guy in two sets of rules being played around the world, with anchoring out at the British Open, but allowed at the PGA Championship, for instance.

Monday’s announcement removes Golf Canada from a potentially awkward situation with it having a spot on the rules committee that first introduced the anchoring proposal, but at the same time, running a PGA Tour event in the RBC Canadian Open that might have allowed anchoring.


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