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Tiger stands firm on position against anchoring

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HONG KONG - NOVEMBER 19: Soren Hansen of Denmark putts during day two of the UBS Hong Kong Open at The Hong Kong Golf Club on November 19, 2010 in Hong Kong, Hong Kong. (Photo by Stanley Chou/Getty Images)  - 

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Tiger Woods has never hidden his feelings on anchored putting. On Wednesday, he reiterated them.

“My position hasn't changed,” he said after the Honda Classic pro-am. “I still think that it should be swung, it shouldn't be anchored and that hasn't changed at all.”

The issue is a hot-button topic in the game today, with the U.S. Golf Association and Royal & Ancient Golf Club jointly proposing a ban, followed by a recent recommendation from the PGA Tour that it remain legal.

“I understand that; I get it,” Woods explained. “I mean, the guys that play our Tour, all three of them play our Tour full-time [Keegan Bradley, Webb Simpson and Ernie Els], have won major championships with an anchored putter. I understand [commissioner Tim Finchem’s] position, but I still feel that all 14 clubs should be swung. That hasn't changed at all whatsoever.”

Woods echoed a common refrain from his peers in contesting that bifurcation – two sets of rules – isn’t in the best interests of the game.

“The USGA and R&A are the governing bodies of our rules, and we'll see what happens,” he said. “Hopefully we don't have to bifurcate or adapt a local rule like we do sometimes out here on Tour with the stones and bunkers and things of that nature. Hopefully we won't have to do that with our putter.”