Woods wants anchored putter ban 'as soon as possible'

More fuel on the fire of the anchored putter debate

Ed Greenland's picture
Tue, 21 May 2013

TIGER Woods has revealed he wants the PGA Tour to enforce the anchored putter ban imminently in the build up to today's (21st May) announcement.

The Royal and Ancient Golf Association (R&A) and The US Golf Association (USGA) are expected to announce the decision following a 90-day comment period.

The world number one has continually expressed his support for the ban with four of the last six major winners using the anchored putter to devastating effect.

"Anchoring should not be a part of the game. It should be mandatory to have to swing all 14 clubs," Woods said ahead of the ban announcement.

"I hope they go with the ban. And as far as the PGA Tour, I hope they do (ban) it as soon as possible to be honest with you. I've always said that. I've always felt that golf you should have to control your nerves and swing all 14 clubs, not just 13."

Speaking on his attempts at winning his first major title for five years when the 2013 US Open takes places at Merion, Philadelphia, in June, Woods said:

"I will play it before tournament week. Generally that's when I do a lot of my scouting on the greens and do all my charting," he continued.

"Then when I get to the tournament side it's now about feel, what the weather forecast is going to be, how are the USGA going to try and set it up.

"My game is coming around and to have won seven times the last couple years is something I'm proud of. It's not easy to do.

"I'm starting to get the consistency and I feel like what I've done from last year and this year, being healthy, it's certainly pretty positive. I'm stronger now than I ever have been."

Woods, 37, also suggested that his old feud with Sergio Garcia, which was reignited at The Players Championship this month, is unlikely to end.



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