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After Further Review: Anchors away

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Each week, takes a look back at the week in golf. In this edition of After Further Review, our writers weigh in on the end (for some players) of anchored putting, Lorena Ochoa's hall-of-fame limbo and how the PGA Tour can ward off delays due to darkness.

Sunday's conclusion of the Charles Schwab Cup Championship was more than just the final event of the Champions Tour season. With Bernhard Langer and Michael Allen battling Billy Andrade down the stretch, it was also a last hurrah for the anchored putting stroke, which will officially be banned starting Jan. 1, 2016.

Langer and Allen are both broomstick-wielders who must find an alternative method to putt next year. They don't have to give up their long putters, they just can't anchor them against the body anymore.

Langer has anchored his broomstick putter for 17 years, but he says he's not worried about making a change. "I've thought about it a little bit," he told reporters in Scottsdale. "I've gathered a few putters, different styles, different lengths, different grips. My first thought is I'll probably go back to what I did before I went to the long putter, which was what [Matt] Kuchar does, holding the putter against the left forearm that way, and Soren Kjeldsen in Europe does the same thing.

"I putted that way for seven years and I won a number of tournaments including the Masters, and if you can putt on the Masters greens and win with a grip like that, I would think I could do it in other tournaments, but we'll see. There's other options."

The PGA Tour has three more tournaments, plus the Franklin-Templeton Shootout team event, before the end of the year, so anyone who wants to anchor until the bitter end doesn't have to make an immediate switch. But for Champions Tour players like Langer and Allen, it's anchors away. - Al Tays

We learned this week that Lorena Ochoa is in LPGA Hall of Fame limbo. She has far exceeded the Hall's rigorous points-based requirement, but she is two-and-a-half years short of the "active" service required. While she can still get into the hall through the veterans category, we learned the veterans committee is not currently assembled and hasn't met in years. Maybe it's time the LPGA just merged its process with the World Golf Hall of Fame's ... or get serious about reviewing the careers of some great retired players who have fallen short of that tough point system.

It has been eight years since a player has been inducted into the LPGA Hall of Fame. Only 24 players have been inducted in the 65-year history of the tour, Have there really only been 24 women in the history of this proud tour deserving of entrance? It's the second question the veterans committee should ask when it is finally re-assembled. The first is how quickly it can get Ochoa approved for induction. - Randall Mell

A combination of poor weather and dwindling light has thrown this week’s Sanderson Farms Championship woefully behind schedule. While the former is simply the realities of playing an outdoor sport, the latter is very much avoidable. Play was suspended on Thursday at 5:14 p.m. with nine players on the course. It has become a familiar problem during the fall portion of the wraparound schedule after the onset of Daylight Saving Time. 

There is nothing that can be done to avoid weather delays, but the PGA Tour can alleviate delays due to darkness by buckling down on slow play and taking a hard look at field sizes in the fall. – Rex Hoggard