Friday Harbor’s Matt Cowell probably had a lot to think about sleeping on the lead at the 87th Washington Open Invitational.
Golf’s rule-making bodies, the U.S. Golf Association and the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, on Tuesday prohibited golfers from anchoring a putter against their bodies while making a stroke, a rule change first proposed in November.
Sergio Garcia apologized for saying he would "serve fried chicken" while making a joke about having Tiger Woods over for dinner.
Stu Ingraham has utilized an anchored stroke with a long putter for the last 23 years, a span during which he has won Philadelphia Section PGA player of the year honors on eight occasions including last year.
The U.S. Golf Association pulled the long-handled hammer from its bag on Tuesday and swung it freely, announcing that the Rules of Golf would be altered as of Jan. 1, 2016, to prohibit anchoring the butt end of a club against any part of the body.
Southern California and San Jose State shared the lead at 4-under 284 after the first round of the NCAA Women's Golf Championships on Tuesday.
The United States Golf Association will conduct 15 national championships or team events this year. Only one of them is a money-maker. That, of course, would be the U.S. Open, which is returning to Merion next month after a 32-year absence.
Selected quotes on the Royal & Ancient and U.S. Golf Association approving Rule 14-1b, which bans in 2016 the anchored stroke commonly used with long putters:
Guan Tianlang has decided not to try to play in the U.S. Open.
The number of people calling PGA Tour events after seeing possible rules violations has gone up since Tiger Woods took what turned out to be an illegal drop at the Masters. That doesn't mean the number of violations is increasing.
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