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.
Could the PGA Tour go against a long-standing tradition of following the Rules of Golf when it comes to the anchor ban? Growing sentiment seems to point toward a possible rift, ESPN.com's Bob Harig writes.
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.
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.