Woods against anchored putter despite PGA Tour stance

Wed Feb 27, 2013 6:30pm EST
 

By Simon Evans

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida (Reuters) - Tiger Woods supports the idea of banning players from anchoring long putters to their body despite the PGA Tour's recent public opposition to a proposal from golf's rulemakers to outlaw the practice.

Last November, the United States Golf Association (USGA) and the Royal and Ancient (R&A) said they wanted to enforce the ban starting in 2016, but PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem came out against that plan last Sunday.

Since Finchem's comments, two of the leading names in the game, world number one Rory McIlroy and now Woods, have come out in favor of supporting the governing bodies.

Finchem's stance has raised fears of different regulations being in effect for the European Tour and the PGA Tour in the United States and Woods is among those concerned.

"My position hasn't changed. I still think it should be swung, it shouldn't be anchored and that hasn't changed at all," Woods told reporters on Wednesday, after the Pro-Am ahead of the Honda Classic.

"Obviously nothing is set in stone, nothing is firm. The USGA and the R&A are the governing bodies of our rules and we will see what happens.

"Hopefully we don't have to bifurcate or adapt a local rule like we do sometimes out here on tour with stones and bunkers and things like that. Hopefully we won't have to do that with the putter."

Three of the last five major tournaments have been won by players using long, or belly, putters - Keegan Bradley at the PGA Championship, Ernie Els at the British Open and Webb Simpson at the U.S. Open.   Continued...

 
Tiger Woods of the U.S. hits off the second tee against his compatriot Charles Howell III during the weather delayed first round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship golf tournament in Marana, Arizona in this file photo taken February 21, 2013. REUTERS/Matt Sullivan