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Woods against anchored putting

Last updated: 27th February 2013

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Tiger Woods: Still against anchored putting

Tiger Woods: Still against anchored putting

Fourteen-time major champion Tiger Woods still believes that anchored putting should not be legal.

Speaking to media after his pro-am round at the PGA National on Wednesday, Woods confirmed that his position on the contentious matter had not altered.

"My position hasn't changed," Woods told journalists on Wednesday.

"I still think it should be swung, it shouldn't be anchored, and that hasn't changed at all."

"Hopefully we don't have to bifurcate or adapt a local rule," said Woods.

PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem announced at last week's Match Play Championship that after talking with players, the tour is opposed to the proposed rule.

"We hold the USGA in highest regard as a key part of the game of golf," said Finchem.

"We don't attempt to denigrate that position in any way whatsoever. It's just on this issue, we think if they were to move forward they would be making a mistake," he added.

The rule was proposed on Nov. 28, and there is a 90-day comment period, which ends Thursday, before the USGA decides if they want to move forward with the ban. If adopted, the rule would go into effect in 2016.

Despite being legal for decades, the anchored putting stroke has come under scrutiny after several young players have adopted the stroke with much success.

Keegan Bradley, Webb Simpson and Ernie Els have all won majors using belly putters, while Adam Scott has become a regular contender in majors since he started anchoring a putter to his chest.

"I understand his position," Woods said of Finchem. "But I still feel that all 14 clubs should be swung. That hasn't changed at all."



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