Poll: Nearly 60 percent of Tour players support anchoring ban

Scott_walbergNearly 60 percent of PGA Tour pros support the USGA’s ban on anchored putting as practiced by players like Adam Scott [right], according to a Sports Illustrated poll of 70 PGA Tour players.

In response to the question “Should anchored putting be banned on the PGA Tour,” 59 percent of players polled agreed.

The USGA and R&A announced last week that anchored putting strokes -- where the club is “anchored” against the player’s body -- will be illegal, effective Jan. 1, 2016. The ban would affect popular PGA Tour players like Adam Scott [right], Keegan Bradley, Webb Simpson and Ernie Els. The PGA Tour, which follows the USGA’s rules, has not indicated if it will abide by the new rule or allow anchored putting in PGA Tour events. A majority of players in the SI poll -- 57 percent -- said the PGA Tour should set its own rules of competition.

In addition to anchored putting, the SI poll asked players to name the best swing on Tour, the worst swing on Tour and whether they thought Tiger Woods would beat Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 major victories. You can see the full poll results here. Photo: David Walberg/Sports Illustrated

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by Kevin Cunningham