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Friday, March 1, 2013
Golf to mull long-putter rule change

Associated Press

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland -- The Royal & Ancient Golf Club says a plan to outlaw the anchored putting stroke is being supported more by international golfers than those in the United States.

The R&A and U.S. Golf Association announced the proposed rule on Nov. 28. They allowed a 90-day comment period that ended Thursday.

The R&A says the proposal has been "particularly sensitive" in America and has been received more favorably among the international golfing community.

The PGA Tour and PGA of America have announced their opposition to banning the anchored stroke, the common method for using belly putters and long putters that are pressed against the chest.

No other tour or golf organization around the world has publicly stated its opposition.