Report: Bradley says he'll challenge anchoring ban


If forced to fork over his long putter, Keegan Bradley said Wednesday that he intends to challenge the anchoring ban.

The U.S. Golf Association and R&A are expected to make an announcement by the end of the year whether they will outlaw the anchored stroke. Already, the game’s governing bodies reportedly have held presentations – earlier this month at The McGladrey Classic and at this week’s WGC-HSBC Champions – to discuss how a potential ban would be implemented.

Player opposition was expected, of course, and the dispute may eventually land in the courts.

“I’m going to do whatever I have to do to protect myself and the other players on Tour,” Bradley told Golfweek’s Alex Miceli at the WGC-HSBC Champions in Dongguan, China.

“I look at it as a whole, as us all together. I don’t look at it as much about myself. I think that for them to ban this after we’ve done what we’ve done is unbelievable.”

Bradley was the first player to win a major while anchoring a putter, and three of the past five major winners have used a flatstick that is longer than standard length.

One of those major champions is Ernie Els, who captured the 2012 British Open at Royal Lytham & St. Annes. Once opposed to anchoring the putter against a part of the body – infamously saying, “As long as it’s legal, I’ll keep cheating like the rest of them” – apparently the Big Easy has since changed his tune.

“They’re going to have a couple of legal matters coming their way,” he said, according to the report. “It’s going to be a bit of an issue now. I’ve been against it, but since I’ve been using it, it still takes a lot of practice, and you have to perfect your own way of putting with this belly.”