Webb Simpson was so determined to switch to a conventional putting style that he broke his belly putter over his knee so he could never use it again. He might be the most surprised of anyone to be tied for the lead Friday in the Sony Open.
The PGA Tour announced Monday that it will implement the ban of anchored strokes beginning Jan. 1, 2016, opting to not go against golf's governing bodies and adhere to the rules set forth by the United States Golf Association and R&A.
Padraig Harrington believes anchored putting strokes should be banned and is fully behind the pending proposal to outlaw the method. But that didn't stop him from using a belly putter on Thursday at the Wells Fargo Championship.
Tim Clark stated his case against the proposed ban on anchored strokes Wednesday night, saying he was frustrated by the lack of evidence from golf's governing bodies that using a long putter provides an advantage.
Keegan Bradley, the first player to win a major championship using a belly putter, is "sick" of the anchoring debate and said he continues to be called a cheater by fans and some writers who believe the practice should be banned.
PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem threw a big wrinkle into the plan to outlaw the anchored putting stroke when he said Sunday the tour opposed the ban because there was not enough evidence to suggest players had an advantage by using a long putter.