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.
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.
Steve Stricker, once a strong supporter of banning the stroke used for long putters, shed some insight into the PGA Tour's position Tuesday when he said he would not be surprised to see the tour ignore the USGA if the ban is adopted.
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.
There is a certain irony in the notion that the most unforgiving of all the major sports also seems the most lenient when it comes to equipment. Golf has allowed giant drivers, but now belly putters should be banned?