USGA, R&A to ban anchored putting stroke in 2016

P1-KeeganThe USGA and R&A announced a proposed rule change Wednesday that would outlaw anchoring putters--that is, long putter and belly putters as used by Adam Scott, Keegan Bradley (right) and Webb Simpson. The rule change, if approved after a period of review, will take effect on Jan. 1, 2016.

R&A chief executive Peter Dawson and USGA executive director Mike Davis made the announcement at a joint teleconference. In a sign of how closely the issue has been followed in the golfing world, the Golf Channel broadcast the teleconference live on Wednesday morning. RELATED: Pros who could be affected by rule change (Photo: Andy Lyons / Getty Images)

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