News for Tuesday, May 21, 2013

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Anchoring: Reaction from the world of golf

The USGA and R&A officially announced the ban of the anchored stroke on Tuesday morning, sending plenty of golf's elite players, coaches and equipment manufacturers to Twitter to make a statement.

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Echavarria embodies 'have clubs, will travel' attitude

Andres Echavarria has been racking up the frequent-flyer miles as he attempts to work his way into the U.S. Open, Open Championship and onto the Web.com Tour.

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Oklahoma playing for those affected by tornado

The Oklahoma coaches told their players there was no need for bad attitudes or hanging heads at the NCAA Championship -- they can play in honor of the tornado victims back home.

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Clark consults legal counsel after anchoring ban

Tim Clark is waiting for the PGA Tour to announce its position regarding the application of Rule 14-1b. But he's already explored legal options if the decision isn't favorable to players like him who practice anchoring.

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Rude: Anchoring ban for good of whose game?

Let’s not kid ourselves. The ban on an anchored putting stroke, to start in 2016, would seem to focus on “sport” rather than “game.” On competition rather than recreation. On game-face golf rather than social golf.

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De Guzman leads San Jose St. to share of lead

The San Jose State Spartans posted a 4-under 284 Tuesday morning and watched it hold up for a share of the NCAA women's championships' first-round lead as USC pulled evening during the afternoon wave.

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Evans hopes to make NCAA appearance for her team

Auburn coach Kim Evans hopes to make the drive to Athens, Ga., to watch her Tigers compete in this week’s NCAA Championship before her months-long chemo treatment begins.

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Miss. St. coach: Time to 'annihilate every record'

The Bulldogs have gone from a bubble team to an at-large lock this spring, with scoring averages dropping and team records being replaced.

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Nagel's comeback leads Michigan State into NCAAs

For months, Michigan State's Liz Nagel has relied on two words to get her motivated: “Spartan strong.” As she opens the NCAA Championships, her fight to overcome cancer keeps her grounded.

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AJGA supports USGA, Rule 14-1B

The AJGA sent out a statement in support of the USGA and R&A’s adoption of Rule 14-1B.

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Notes: Bae's new-ball win, Day's custom 1-iron

Sang-Moon Bae won the HP Byron Nelson Championship with Callaway’s new Hex Chrome+ golf ball, TaylorMade customizes a one-off RocketBladez 1-iron for Jason Day; more.

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Cal's Stalter: 'Not surprised' on anchoring decision

California's Joël Stalter weighs in on the anchoring ban decision. Stalter, who used a belly putter for the first part of the college season, had returned to a short putter.

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Bauchou's short game pays off in tournaments

Multiple juniors have advanced through U.S. Open local qualifying and will play in Sectional qualifying June 3 at various golf courses around the country. But for Zachary Bauchou, he will always remember his first.

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Thunderbird to host top players from the world

The AJGA’s Thunderbird International Junior is set to take place May 25-27 at Grayhawk Golf Club’s Raptor course in Scottsdale, Ariz. For the 13th consecutive year, the Thunderbird will boast a good field of homegrown American players along with an international mix.

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USGA, R&A move forward on anchoring ban

Acting "for the Good of the game," the USGA and R&A announced the adoption of Rule 14-1b, which prohibits anchoring the club in making a stroke.

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Achenbach: This anchor drops quietly

As it turned out, there were no changes to the rules proposal to ban an anchored stroke, first presented on Nov. 28, 2012. Tuesday’s tranquil gathering wasn't lengthy, ending after a few predictable questions from journalists.

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Word of advice on anchoring rule: Be very careful

Rule 14-1B bans the anchored-swing method but does not ban long or belly putters. Enforcement and interpreting the rule often will boil down to intent.

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Europe captain to pick 3 for Ryder Cup, up from 2

Europe captain Paul McGinley has given himself an extra pick for next year's Ryder Cup, copying American counterpart Tom Watson's decision to choose three players.

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PGA prez: Members' next step on anchoring unclear

PGA of America president Ted Bishop, an early dissenter regarding a ban of the anchored stroke, must wrap his arms around how his 27,000 members will deal with the USGA's new rule.

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Tour yet to determine how or if it will implement ban

"We will now begin our process to ascertain whether the various provisions of Rule 14-1b will be implemented in our competitions and, if so, examine the process for implementation."

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Q&A: USGA's Davis, Nager, Newell

USGA executive director Mike Davis, USGA president Glen Nager and USGA Rules Committee chairman Mark Newell field questions about the anchoring ban.

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PGA disagrees with decision; applauds process

PGA of America on anchoring: "Although we do not agree with the decision, we applaud the USGA for its willingness to listen to our concerns and engage in meaningful discussions."

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POLL: Do you agree with anchoring ban?

Do you agree with the decision to ban the anchored stroke?