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02.07 PGA Tour forbyr anchoring:
Flere spillere mister jobben
Forbudet mot forankring av putteren som R&A og USGA bestemte seg for i
vår, skal også innføres på PGA Touren.
Det ble bestemt 1. juli. Dermed blir det slutt for en rekke spillere på toppnivå
bl.a Mastersvinner Adam Scott, Tim Clarke, Bernhard Lange og Carl Pettersson.
Dette står å lese på PGA Tourens hjemmeside:
"PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – The PGA TOUR Policy Board today acknowledged that the
USGA’s ban on anchored strokes, known as Rule 14-1b, will apply to PGA TOUR
competitions beginning on January 1, 2016. In making this acknowledgement, the
Policy Board also passed a resolution strongly recommending, along with the PGA
of America, that the USGA consider extending the time period in which amateurs
would be permitted to utilize anchored strokes beyond January 1, 2016.
PGA TOUR competitions are conducted in accordance with the USGA Rules of Golf.
However, the Policy Board reserves the right to make modifications for PGA TOUR
competitions if it deems it appropriate.
“In making its decision, the Policy Board recognized that there are still
varying opinions among our membership, but ultimately concluded that while it is
an important issue, a ban on anchored strokes would not fundamentally affect a
strong presentation of our competitions or the overall success of the PGA TOUR,”
PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem said. “The Board also was of the opinion that
having a single set of rules on acceptable strokes applicable to all
professional competitions worldwide was desirable and would avoid confusion.”
The USGA and R&A jointly announced the proposed ban on anchored strokes in
November 2012; then, following a “comment period,” the governing bodies
announced on May 21, 2013 that the ban would go into effect on January 1, 2016.
With respect to golf at the recreational level, the Policy Board noted that the
USGA followed a similar course with respect to groove configurations on golf
clubs in 2008 where the new groove configurations rule became applicable for
elite play in 2010, while the rule does not apply to recreational play until
“The Policy Board continues to believe that extending the time period the ban
would go into effect for amateurs would be beneficial for golf participation and
the overall health of the game,” Finchem added.
“Although the Board has elected to follow the USGA in this case at the elite
level, it continues to be mindful of its responsibility to review future rule
changes that might be adopted by the USGA in order to determine whether they
should apply to PGA TOUR competitions,” Finchem said. “It is not inconceivable
that there may come a time in the future when the Policy Board determines that a
rule adopted by the USGA, including in the area of equipment, may not be in the
best interests of the PGA TOUR and that a local rule eliminating or modifying
such a USGA rule may be appropriate.
“Having said that, we have been assured by the USGA that as we move forward we
will have an open and effective communication process on a number of levels with
the decision makers at the USGA,” Finchem added. “Importantly, this will include
a direct communication between the Commissioner’s Office of the PGA TOUR and the
USGA Executive Committee. Such a process will ensure that our position is fully
and carefully considered and addressed in future rule making.”
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