It has been noted that long putters completed their career grand slam when Adam Scott rolled one in on the second playoff hole at the Masters.
That came after Keegan Bradley won the 2011 PGA Championship, followed by Webb Simpson at last year’s U.S. Open and Ernie Els at the 2012 British Open at Scott’s expense before the latter made up for it with his Masters win.
Many within the golf industry believe that three majors won with a long putter even before Scott’s victory was the main reason for the USGA and R&A coming up with the proposed ban on anchoring in the first place.
How else would you explain anchoring being allowed for decades before the governing bodies of golf elected to make an issue out of anchored putting? If that is the case, then the outcome of the Masters will only steel their resolve.
Personally, I believe that there may be a certain amount of truth to that, but I believe that they pretty much had their minds made up despite the 90-day comment period the USGA and R&A allowed and Scott’s victory.
I also believe that the comment period illustrated that most of the resistance to the proposal came from North America — the PGA Tour, the PGA of America, the PGA of Canada, among others — while associations from around the world backed the proposal.
Therefore, the governing bodies of golf have the support they need to get this thing done and have the ban in place in time to take effect Jan. 1 2016.
That brings us to this week’s GNN Poll question of the week
What effect, if any, do you think Adam Scott’s victory at the Masters will have on the final decision in the proposed ban on anchoring
- None. The USGA’s/R&A’s minds are already made up (74%)
- I don’t think they will ban anchored putting (23%)
- Scott’s win will be the deciding factor for the USGA/R&A (3%)
If it should happen that the USGA and R&A make their decision while the question is still in play, just apply the past tense to the question because it will still be relevant.
As always, feel free to expand your opinion in the Comments section below.