Golf • The PGA Tour said Monday it would follow a new rule that bans the anchored putting stroke used by four of the last six major champions, asking instead for a temporary reprieve for those who play the game for fun. The announcement after a PGA Tour board meeting in Jacksonville, Fla., is the final piece of confirmation from a major golf organization for Rule 14-1b, which will take effect Jan. 1, 2016, when the next "Rules of Golf" is published. The rule makes it illegal for players to attach the end of the club to their body while making a stroke.
The Royal & Ancient Golf Club and U.S. Golf Association adopted the rule May 21. The PGA board encouraged the governing bodies to add some additional time for amateurs. Some are concerned that getting rid of the stroke for long putters will drive recreational players from golf.