USGA, R&A to announce final anchoring decision on May 21
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USGA, R&A to announce final anchoring decision on May 21

The next chapter in the saga over the anchored stroke will be written officially on May 21, when the USGA and R&A announce their final decision on a ban of it they proposed in November 2012.

Each ruling body has scheduled a news conference at 8 a.m. ET on different sides of the Atlantic. The USGA will air their news conference on Golf Channel, with executive director Mike Davis taking the lead. Peter Dawson will head the R&A's efforts from Wentworth Club, site of next week's BMW PGA Championship, the European Tour's flagship event.

A betting man would lay money on the governing bodies choosing to go through with their proposed ban as originally presented last year. The ban would go into effect in 2016, in the next edition of the Rules of Golf, for all players.

The PGA Tour and PGA of America have spoken out against the proposed ban, both doing so publicly as part of the 90-day comment period the governing bodies opened after revealing their plan.

At The Players Championship, PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem declined to reveal the game theory behind how he would react to any of the possible outcomes that could come down from the ruling bodies.

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