Decision Reached at June 24 Meeting of PGA Board of Directors to be Formally Implemented in PGA of America Events Starting Jan. 1, 2016; PGA Agrees with PGA Tour Recommendation on Amateur Play
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – At its June 24, 2013, meeting in Sunriver, Ore., the Board of Directors of the PGA of America formally agreed to adopt the USGA’s ban on anchored strokes, which will go into effect Jan. 1, 2016. This will be implemented at PGA spectator events, such as the PGA Championship, the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid and the Ryder Cup, as well as PGA member events, highlighted by the PGA Professional National Championship.
Furthermore, the PGA of America and the PGA Tour strongly recommend that the USGA extend the time period for implementation of Rule 14-1b for amateur play beyond Jan. 1, 2016. The USGA and The R&A jointly announced on May 21, 2013, that Rule 14-1b would go into effect at the start of the next Rules of Golf cycle, commencing in 2016.
The PGA of America has expressed its concern that Rule 14-1b could adversely affect recreational golf, as well as play at the elite level. The PGA Board of Directors, on June 24, discussed the issue in detail and ultimately decided to do what is in the best interest of the game of golf — to continue to abide by a single set of Rules that define the sport.
Learn more below:
- Anchoring the Club: Understanding Rule 14-1b
- Anchoring the Club: Understanding Rule 14-1b (illustrations)
- Anchoring the Club: FAQs