Bernhard Langer issues statement after anchoring accusations

Bernhard Langer

Nine-time senior major champion Bernhard Langer has issued a statement - along with the USGA - following accusations levelled against him that he is using the banned anchored putting stroke.

In recent weeks, users on social media have been very suspicious about the German's putting method, with Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee adding last weekend that the lack of action taken over what he believes to be anchoring is showing 'a complete disregard for the spirit of the game'.

His comments prompted a response from Langer and also the USGA, who have denied any wrongdoing with Langer's stroke and also Scott McCarron - a fellow long putter user on the Champions Tour.

"During my 45-year career as a professional golfer, I have called penalties on myself," said Langer. "I believe in honesty and integrity, and I could not live so myself if I broke a rule and did not incur a penalty.

Bernhard Langer

"I'm certain at I am not anchoring the putter and that my putting stroke is not violating the Rules of Golf. On several occasions, I have been in contact with the USGA and rules officials on the PGA Tour and Champions Tour and each time I have been assured that my putting stroke is within the Rules of Golf.

"I will remain open and honest with rules officials and the governing bodies, and I will continue to play with the same integrity that I've displayed throughout my career."

A USGA spokesperson added: "We are confident that Rule 14-1b is being applied fairly and consistently and have seen no evidence of a player breaching the rule. Integrity is at the heart of the rules and how the game is played worldwide, and this value has made the game enjoyable for all.

"We will continue to work with our partners at the R&A to listen and review all of golf's rules, with an eye on making them easier to understand and apply."

Share this Article

share-logo
twitter-logo facebook-logo

Latest Videos See all videos right arrow

play button
EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT SCOTTY CAMERON PUTTERS (2020)
Scotty Cameron
play button
OLD DRIVER VS NEW DRIVER - TaylorMade SIM vs TaylorMade Original One
TaylorMade
play button
PUTTER BATTLE! Odyssey Stroke Lab Triple Track Ten - VS - TaylorMade Spider X
Odyssey Triple Track
play button
THE BEST LOOKING NEW CLUB I'VE SEEN IN 2020 - BUT WHAT IS IT?
Ping
See all videos right arrow

Golf News

"It could host The Open right now" - Dumbarnie Links opens to rave reviews
WATCH - Scots golfer suffers first tee nightmare on return to the course
David Snodgrass takes the reins at Crail
Glasgow golfers make renewed plea to save courses
Robert MacIntyre to reopen course alongside COVID-19 survivor

Other Top Stories

Tiger Woods puts new irons in the bag
New Fife golf course gets go ahead
REVIEW - Adare Manor, Ireland's rejuvenated masterpiece
Win a spot in the ASI Scottish Open Pro-Am with Hilton
Padraig Harrington targets 2020 Ryder Cup captaincy

Quick Fault 'n' Fixes See all videos right arrow

play button
Swing with more arm speed
Callaway
play button
Stand closer to the golf ball at address
Callaway
play button
The correct grip will make your swing more consistent
Watch
play button
Extend the arms after impact
Watch
See all videos right arrow