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.
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.
Keegan Bradley was heckled by a spectator on Saturday because he uses a belly putter and an anchored stroke that golf's ruling bodies have deemed to be illegal -- although the rule will not go into effect for three more years.
Golf's governing bodies on Wednesday proposed changes to the rules of golf that would ban anchoring a club in making a stroke -- although they will accept comment on the subject before officially enacting the decision early next year.
A 14-year-old middle school student from China who uses a belly putter will become the youngest player in Masters history next April after he won an Asian amateur event devised to help grow the game of golf in that region of the world.
Preparing for his first PGA Tour event of the 2012 season, Tiger Woods said Tuesday that a poor final round in Abu Dhabi two weeks ago when he had a chance to win has not deterred him and that he is pleased with the state of his game.