The U.S. Golf Association apparently wasn’t pahsed at all by PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem’s Feb. 24 announcement that the Tour opposes the proposed ban on anchoring. Shortly after Finchem’s annoucement, the USGA released this statement:
“The 90-day comment period remains a very good process. We continue to listen to varying points of view, and have had many productive conversations across the golf community, which is a reminder of just how much people care about the game – regardless of their position on this issue.
“As we consider the various perspectives on anchoring, it has always been our position that Rule 14-1b aims to clarify and preserve the traditional and essential nature of the golf stroke, which has helped to make golf a unique and enjoyable game of skill and challenge.
“It is our plan to take final action on the proposed Rule in the spring.”
That last line could prove to be the line in the sand what is shaping up as a power struggle between the Tour and USGA.