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Lawyer to Tour players not surprised by ban

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The lawyer who has been counseling a group of nine PGA Tour players who currently anchor their putters told GolfChannel.com that he wasn’t surprised by the circuit’s move on Monday to adopt the ban.

“The decision today was not unexpected,” said Harry Manion, the Boston-area attorney who began counseling the group in January. “We were expecting this, but we are pleased there was no acceleration (of the ban) . . . Sure, my clients are disappointed because there is no scientific basis for this.”

Manion said he plans to meet with each player “individually” and see how they want to proceed. Among his nine Tour clients are Masters champion Adam Scott, Carl Pettersson and Tim Clark.

According to Joe Ogilvie, a member of the player advisory council that met with Tour commissioner Tim Finchem on Monday via a conference call, the specter of legal action was not mentioned during the 20-minute meeting.