The R&A can count on all three professional bodies in the British Isles supporting its stance in the anchoring debate following a decision by the Ladies European Tour to back the ruling body.
“The LET is a members’ organization which I can confirm was consulted during the notice and comment period,” said Sally McPherson, the LET’s Membership and Tour School Director. “On behalf of its membership, the LET confirmed to the R&A that we are in support of the proposed rules change to prohibit use of anchored strokes as it was felt it was in the long term interests of the game.”
The decision by LET aligns with the European Tour and the British Professional Golfers’ Association. The European Tour’s board of directors met with chief executive George O’Grady on Monday and agreed to back whatever stance the R&A takes on the anchoring issue.
The British PGA revealed last week that the issue had been discussed by its board. Sandy Jones, chief executive of the British PGA, said his members had expressed support for a ban on anchoring.
The support of the three professional bodies puts the R&A in a much stronger position than its USGA counterpart. PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem’s revelation that his body does not support an anchoring ban puts the USGA in a difficult position.
Unlike the USGA, the R&A has no concerns about future conflicts with professional bodies in the British Isles.