Despite appeals from the PGA Tour, PGA of America and others, the USGA said Wednesday it would not delay the implementation of the anchoring ban it finally approved in May.
In a statement, the governing body of American golf (as well as golf in Mexico) said the ban will go into effect for all golfers as originally proposed.
“The United States Golf Association is pleased with the decision by the PGA Tour and the PGA of America to follow Rule 14-1b, when it goes into effect in January 2016, for their respective competitions,” the statement read. “As set forth in our report, ‘Explanation of Decision to Adopt Rule 14-1b,’ the game benefits from having a single set of rules worldwide, applicable to all levels of play, and the acceptance of Rule 14-1b by the PGA Tour and The PGA of America supports the game in this regard.”
When the PGA Tour, and by proxy the PGA of America, announced Tuesday it would go along with the ban and its timetable to implement it, the Florida-based organization pleaded with the governing body to give amateurs more time to use the anchored stroke before abolishing it.