R&A and USGA deem anchoring illegal – in 2016

Anchors away!

Surprise, surprise. The R&A and USGA have finally (and unexpectedly) made a decision on anchoring, which deem the stroke illegal from January 1, 2016.

Here is the statement made by both of golf’s ruling bodies earlier this morning:

“The R&A and the United States Golf Association (USGA), golf’s governing bodies, today announced proposed changes to the Rules of Golf that would prohibit anchoring the club in making a stroke.

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Caddie tries to hide 15th club in bushes

Here is a story about a European Tour player’s caddie, who dug a hole and then proceeded to dig it much deeper.

During the opening round of this week’s BMW Championship, José Manuel Lara’s caddie realised there were 15 clubs in the bag. Keeping tabs on the number of clubs in the golf bag is generally accepted as being the caddie’s responsibility, but there is a two-stroke penalty for the golfer for each hole played with more than 14 clubs in the bag, up to a maximum of four strokes.

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Zach Johnson breaks the rules and still wins golf tournament

In the spirit of reporting on golf news that could potentially affect us all, we bring you another rules reminder courtesy of Crowne Plaza Invitational winner, Zach Johnson.

Zach Johnson won the PGA Tour Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial today (see video below), but the details of his one-stroke victory over Jason Dufner is interesting and a reminder to us all about marking your golf ball correctly.

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Immovable obstructions and local rules: video

Edit: Golf Show video no longer available. Replaced with this one from GolfCanada.

Ossie Moore took viewers through an important rule concerning immovable obstructions, that I’m guessing many golfers aren’t aware of.

If your ball comes to rest near an immovable obstruction, such as a tree stake, sprinkler head or cart path, you may take relief without penalty – drop at the nearest point of relief, no nearer the hole.

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McIlroy hits the wrong golf ball, but no penalty

Rory McIlroy hit the wrong golf ball during last weekend’s Madrid Masters, but it was deemed ok.

There have been a few interesting scenarios on the pro tours lately which have tested the rules officials. Kevin Na’s air-swing was closely looked at and deemed ok last week, John Daly ended up withdrawing over a rule infringement and this week, Rory McIlroy was caught up in a strange ruling.

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