Why wait? That’s what Tiger Woods is asking about the proposed anchoring ban that oddsmakers would suggest will become the law of the game in a joint announcement made on both side of the Atlantic by the game’s governing bodies on Tuesday.
At a Monday news conference to promote the AT&T National, Woods said he’d like to see a ban take effect immediately.
“Anchoring should not be a part of the game,” Woods said at Congressional C.C., site of the tournament played June 27-30. “I’ve always felt that in golf you should have to control your nerves and swing all 14 clubs, not just 13. And as far as the PGA Tour, I hope they do it as soon as possible to be honest with you.”
That’s not likely. The governing bodies are not expected to change the timetable to implement an anchoring ban, which would begin in 2016 with the next edition of the Rules of Golf. Meanwhile, the PGA Tour came out in opposition to the proposed ban in February, however, its commissioner Tim Finchem has declined how his organization would respond is the proposed ban went into effect.
The PGA of America, which presents the PGA Championship, also opposes the ban. The European Tour supports it. Augusta National, hosts of the Masters, would like to see a resolution, but did not tip their hand in April as to their stance on the proposal.