PGA of Australia adopts new rule

SYDNEY -- The PGA of Australia has joined the PGA Tour in adopting a new rule prohibiting the anchored putting stroke for all tournaments it sanctions starting on Jan. 1, 2016.

In May, golf's two governing bodies -- the Royal & Ancient Golf Club and the U.S. Golf Association -- adopted Rule 14-1b, which prohibits players from anchoring a club against their bodies beginning in 2016.

Australian Adam Scott used an anchored putter to win this year's Masters, as have three others in the last seven majors.

The PGA of Australia said Thursday that it wanted to "avoid a situation in which professionals would have to compete under different conditions on different international tours."

PGA of Australia chief executive Brian Thorburn added that players will "now have clarity and time to adapt."