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Tim Clark and other pros who currently anchor their putter could face some tough news from the USGA on Tuesday morning.

5. The USGA is going to announce its final decision on the controversial proposal to ban anchored putting on Tuesday. If the USGA goes forward with the ban, will the PGA Tour and PGA of America fall in line or will the decision divide the game's major powers?

Morfit: I think the Tour might go their own way even though I know Tour commissioner Tim Finchem has said he's not crazy about the idea of breaking away. The PGA I have no idea, but Ted Bishop has been out front in the backlash against the USGA's stance, so I'd guess the PGA won't want to ban anchoring either.

Gorant: PGA of American seems hell-bent for a showdown. Think the Tour would have fallen in line but with Ted Bishop playing the role of true iconoclast it might allow the Commish to draft behind him.

Van Sickle: It was one thing for the PGA Tour and PGA of America to express dissent with the proposed anchoring ban. It's quite another to have the cojones to defy golf's governing body. I don't think they will if only because they're big believers in the good of the game. It's kinda like if you vote for the losing presidential candidate. You're not happy and maybe you don't like the new guy, but, hey, he's your president now and you've got to support him.

Reiterman: I can't imagine everyone not falling in line. However, there's been a lot of tough talk from various sources. Let's hope there's a little more chaos before this is all over!

Ritter: The PGA Tour and PGA of America have talked a big game, but soon it will be time to put the game first. That means swallowing hard and supporting the USGA, because two sets of rules would be an even bigger mess.

Godich: The Tour won't fight it, but the PGA of America will question why the USGA would implement the ban if it's serious about growing the game. Tour players will be burning up their cell-phone minutes in consultations with their attorneys.

6. Which of today's anchorers would be most negatively affected by a ban?

Morfit: Adam Scott was really a changed guy went he went to the long putter. I think he has a lot to lose. Thank goodness he won his Masters.

Van Sickle: I'd look at Tim Clark, who's been long-putting for as long as I can remember, as a guy who will suffer. Same with Ernie Els, who still looks shaky at time with a long stick, much less a short one. Bradley and Webb Simpson are relatively recent converts (college) so maybe they can adjust. No one is talking about seniors but this can't be good for serial yipper Bernhard Langer, and a bunch of other Champions Tour stars.

Gorant: Adam Scott, since we know he can't putt the other way.

Ritter: Tim Clark and Carl Pettersson have made some strong comments against the ban, an indicator that they may not be so confident their own ability to adapt. Those are my two guys to watch. By the time it's said and done, the ban will probably cause the most carnage on the Champions Tour.

Godich: Tim Clark. There's a reason he flew across the country to attend a Tour meeting on anchoring in January.

Reiterman: You have to look at guys like Webb Simpson and Keegan Bradley who have been using belly putters their entire careers. I'm sure they'll have an adjustment period, but they'll keep winning trophies.

7. Ken Venturi, 1964 U.S. Open champion and legendary broadcaster, died Friday at age 82. What will be Venturi's most lasting contribution to the game?

Passov: I wish Venturi would be better remembered as a player. Sure, we've got "The Match," and his '64 U.S. Open win, but only the old-timers remember that he was a phenomenal talent -- probably better than Arnold Palmer in the late 50's -- just compare their 1958 seasons, for instance -- before physical and mental issues took their toll. As it is, we'll likely best remember him for his broadcasting, sentence fragments and cliches notwithstanding. It was like listening to your favorite uncle telling stories about the war. The communication was flawed, but you knew it was heartfelt and that he had intimate knowledge of the subject matter. RIP, Kenny.

Van Sickle: The story of Venturi winning the Open in record heat and tempting death will never get old or go away. His voice was a comfortable one on the air as a broadcaster, especially because of his longevity. If you think golf announcing is more about comfort factor and familiarity than what is actually said, Venturi was perfect. He had his foibles and his annoying cliches, too, but the fact that he lasted in the booth forever attests to the audience's belief in him.

Reiterman: I think when you look at Venturi's career as a whole, you just have to admire what he overcame. Battling oppressive heat (and bad medical advice) to win the U.S. Open. Overcoming a stutter to become one of the greatest broadcasters in the game. Incredible man.

Morfit: I think he'll be remembered as a broadcaster since he was on the air so long for CBS. But the legend of a man fighting a U.S. Open almost to the death of him, and winning, has some pretty serious legs.

Godich: There is no singular memory, and that is a good thing. Venturi proved time and again that less is often more. Broadcasters in every sport could learn a thing or two about the way Venturi did his job.

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