PGA to seek 'grandfather period' for anchoring

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It looks as though the anchoring ban might still have some details to be ironed out.

In a statement released to Golfweek, PGA of America president Ted Bishop indicated that his organization would be given the opportunity to make a case for a "grandfather period" for recreational amateurs at the USGA's annual meeting Feb. 8 in Pinehurst, N.C. Bishop likened the proposal to what was agreed upon for the groove regulations in 2008.

Here is the rest of Bishop's statement:

"We have worked with Mike Davis and the USGA to set up a time when we could present our reasons to the Executive Committee for consideration of this grandfather period. This will take place in February at the USGA Annual Meeting.

"We appreciate the opportunity to make this presentation to the USGA. Hopefully, this is the beginning of a new era between our respective organizations which opens up the lines of communication on future Rules of Golf matters.

"Throughout this entire process, the PGA of America has solicited the opinions of our members on the anchoring topic. We are simply asking our members to share some of their stories regarding golfers who will be impacted by the anchoring ban. This is in no way intended to reignite the debate on anchoring because we accept the USGA decision to invoke Rule 14-1b in 2016. We just want to ask the USGA to consider a grandfather period to give amateurs a longer period to make the appropriate transition."

– Nick Masuda contributed to this report.

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