Monty: PGA Tour opens 'whole new can of worms'

By Ryan LavnerFebruary 25, 2013, 3:44 pm

Colin Montgomerie said Monday that the PGA Tour’s decision to oppose the potential anchoring ban could have serious long-term ramifications and stressed that “we want to play as one under the same rules.” 

“This has opened up a whole new can of worms,” Montgomerie said on Sky Sports. “It’s a very dangerous situation we are getting ourselves into, and I do hope they can sort this out very, very quickly.”

The U.S. Golf Association and Royal & Ancient Golf Club proposed the rule to ban the anchored stroke in late November, and the 90-day comment period expires Thursday. In a statement Sunday, the USGA said that a final decision on anchoring would be reached sometime in the spring.

PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem made headlines, however, by saying that 13 of the 15 members of the Player Advisory Council opposed the ban, and that there was not enough evidence to suggest that players enjoyed an advantage by anchoring the putter.

“We think if they were to move forward they would be making a mistake,” Finchem said Sunday.

The governing bodies’ position has been that the potential anchor ban isn’t related to performance – despite the fact that three of the past five major winners have won while using a belly putter – but instead their belief that it does not constitute a proper stroke.

“I think we should go with what the R&A and USGA feel,” Montgomerie said on Sky Sports. “Whether the long putter should have been banned 20 years ago or not, it should be banned now. We should abide by that. To now go against that and say ‘my players aren’t going to do that,’ then what happens when you come to USGA events or the British Open? Does that mean you have to use a different club?

“We want to play as one under the same rules,” he continued. “The R&A and USGA have served the game of golf for a long, long time and long may that continue.” 

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Koepka primed for CJ Cup win and world No. 1

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 19, 2018, 6:00 am

Brooks Koepka wants a 2-for-1 at the CJ Cup. If he can collect his second non-major PGA Tour victory he can become world No. 1 for the first time in his career.

He’s in great position to accomplish his goal.

Koepka eagled the par-5 18th en route to a 7-under 65 in the second round at Nine Bridges in Juju Island, South Korea. At 8 under par, he is one back of 36-hole leader Scott Piercy (65).

Koepka, currently ranked third in the world, began the day three shots off the lead, but rapidly ascended the leaderboard. He birdied four of his first eight holes before finding trouble at the ninth. Koepka hooked his tee shot out of bounds, but the ninth is a par 5 and he was able to salvage bogey.


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That was his only dropped shot of the day.

The reigning Tour Player of the Year birdied the 12th and 14th holes in his bid to keep pace with Piercy. Koepka was two back as he played his final hole, where he knocked his second shot to 10 feet. He deftly converted the eagle effort to tie Piercy and earn a spot in Saturday’s final twosome. Piercy later pulled a shot ahead with a birdie at the ninth, his final hole of the day.

Koepka has officially won four PGA Tour events, but three of those are majors (2017, ’18 U.S. Open; 2018 PGA). His lone non-major win was the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open.

He can still reach world No. 1 with a solo second place, assuming Justin Thomas, currently world No. 4, doesn’t win this week.

That will take a mighty weekend effort by the defending champ.

Thomas also eagled the 18th hole to go from 1 over to 1 under. He shot 2-under 70 in the second round and is seven shots off the lead.

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'Go in'? Yes, JT wants an ace at the par-4 14th

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 19, 2018, 5:11 am

Justin Thomas didn’t hesitate after hitting his tee shot on the 353-yard, par-4 14th in Round 2 of the CJ Cup.

“Go in,” he immediately said.

“Please go in,” he added.



Thomas’ tee shot was on a great line, but it landed just short of the green. Surprisingly, it took three more shots for his ball to "go in." After birdies on Nos. 12 and 13, Thomas parred the 14th.

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Watch: Dufner makes six (!) fist pumps after birdie

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 19, 2018, 4:53 am

Jason Dufner makes Ben Stein seem like Jonathan Winters. Dufner often looks mighty miserable for someone who plays golf for a living.

But not on Friday at the CJ Cup!

Dufner made a 20-footer for birdie at the 16th hole and “celebrated” with one-two-three-(pause)-four-five-six fist pumps. There could have been more, but the camera cut away.



That was Dufner’s third birdie on the back nine, which offset a triple bogey at the par-3 seventh, en route to an even-par 72. Good times.

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Watch: Paul C-ace-y makes hole-in-one at CJ Cup

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 19, 2018, 2:35 am

Par-par-par-par-par-par. It was a boring second round over the first six holes for Paul Casey at the CJ Cup.

And then he aced the par-3 seventh.



Casey's tee shot from 176 tracked straight towards the hole and rolled in near the final revolution. That got him to 2 under par for the tournament. He was five off the lead, held by Chez Reavie, but bogeyed the ninth and 10th holes to give back those two strokes.

Hey, it's a no-cut event and a guaranteed paycheck. Drinks on Casey!