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British golf chief slams PGA Tour on belly putters

British golf supremo Peter Dawson, Royal & Ancient's chief executive, has heavily criticized the PGA Tour's response to the proposed ban on anchored putters.

"We have had some quite strong remarks from the PGA Tour and particularly from the PGA of America," Dawson said. "A comment period turned into a campaign, which was a bit unusual.

"The PGA of America know my views about this. I'm disappointed at the way that campaign was conducted. It put rule-making on to the negotiating table. People have taken position that they will now have to back off from or maintain."

After a spate of major championships were won with "belly putters" in the last two years - clubs that are anchored into the stomach of the belly or the chest - a ban was proposed by the R&A and USGA.

The ruling is due to come into force in 2016 but has met considerable resistance on these shores with stars like Jim Furyk, Keegan Bradley, Webb Simpson, Steve Stricker and several other players openly condemning the move.

The PGA Tour has also opposed the ruling saying: "On this issue, we think if they were to move forward they would be making a mistake."

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