Little anchoring chatter at Open Championship


GULLANE, Scotland – A year ago at the British Open there was no talk of a ban on the anchored stroke. Now, as we sit here on the eve of the championship, the ban has been proposed and passed by both the R&A and the USGA.

The subject was broached last year at Royal Lytham & St. Annes because both of the championship’s two biggest characters – Adam Scott and champion Ernie Els – used long putters.

The following day, R&A chief executive Peter Dawson said that, although his organization and the USGA did not have anything to report, the issue of long putters was on the radar for discussion.

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“We appreciate that there is much speculation about this and that we need to clarify a position as soon as possible,” Dawson said last year. “I think you’re going to see us say something about it one way or the other in a few months rather than years.”

Of course, the R&A and USGA both announced the proposed ban last November, then passed Rule 14-1b officially in May.

Dawson said he hasn’t heard much from players so far this week regarding the situation.

“No one has specifically discussed it with me in those terms at all,” Dawson said. “I’ve had a brief conversation with a couple players. But nothing of any substance.”