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PGA Tour agree to ban anchored strokes

The final bastion of the belly putter has fallen, with the news that the PGA Tour will not contest the ruling that bans the anchored putting stroke used by four of the last six major champions.

Rule 14-1b which takes effect on January 1, 2016 stipulates that it is illegal for players to attach the end of the club to their body when making a stroke.

In February the tour had original stated their opposition to the rule saying there was a lack of data to suggest an advantage and no "overriding reason to go down that road". However in Monday's announcement it is clear that this stance has changed.

A PGA Tour statement read: "The PGA Tour Policy Board acknowledged that the USGA's ban on anchored strokes, known as Rule 14-1b, will apply to PGA Tour competitions beginning on January 1, 2016.

"In making this acknowledgement, the Policy Board also passed a resolution strongly recommending, along with the PGA of America, that the USGA consider extending the time period in which amateurs would be permitted to utilise anchored strokes beyond January 1, 2016.

"PGA Tour competitions are conducted in accordance with the USGA Rules of Golf. However, the Policy Board reserves the right to make modifications for PGA Tour competitions if it deems it appropriate."

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