Tour pros criticise new Rules of Golf

De Laet Hughes

At this quite time of the year, most tour pros are taking time out to familiarise themselves with the new Rules of Golf, which come into effect from January 1, 2019.

The new Rules have been designed to make things more simple for golfers, as well as attempting to speed up the game. Sounds good, right?

Well, a couple of PGA Tour pros aren’t too impressed.

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Mackenzie Hughes, who won the 2016 RSM Classic, believes ‘most of them missed the mark’, while Graham DeLaet said it was ‘absurd’ that the anchoring definition wasn’t addressed.

The lack of clarity surrounding the anchoring issue was also raised last week by two-time major winner Tony Jacklin.

“When are the lawmakers going to really get to grips with the anchoring problem?” he said. “They got that one badly wrong a few years ago. They haven't corrected their mistake and now they are ignoring the issue.

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“What makes them think that being able to put your putter alongside your arm isn't anchoring? If you go back deep into the mists of time, when great players like Harry Vardon and Ted Ray were around, long putters weren't allowed. Pure and simple.”

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