Stricker opposes ban, points to growing game
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
MARANA, Ariz. – Count Steve Stricker, one of the four players on the PGA Tour Policy Board, among what he says is a majority and growing number of Tour players who oppose the proposed ban on putter anchoring.
The Tour will send a letter to the U.S. Golf Association and R&A by the end of the week, Stricker said Tuesday. A day earlier he participated in a pair of 45-minute conference calls – one for the 16-member Player Advisory Council, the other for the Policy Board – on the subject
“My opinion and a lot of players’ opinions changed because the ban wouldn’t be just for us but for everybody who plays the game,” Stricker said on the eve of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.
Ranked 16th in the world, Stricker said many on Tour believe the timing of the proposed ban is poor. On top of that, he said, there’s no evidence anchoring helps.
“We’re at a point in time in the game of golf that we’re trying to keep players, lure players into playing the game,” Stricker said. “A majority of the players feel that it only puts a negative spin on that, maybe detracts the local guy, the club member, the public player, whoever, from playing at times. And this rule has been good for 30 years.”
Further, Stricker said he could see a scenario in which the Tour would adopt a rule that allows anchoring. Commissioner Tim Finchem, though, has said he would prefer a uniform set of rules.
Golf's governing bodies have called for the ban to take effect with the next printing of the Rules of Golf, in 2016. The 90-day feedback period on the subject ends Feb. 28.
“It’s going to be interesting to see what happens,” Stricker said.