Proposed ban on long putters to be reviewed

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A plan to outlaw the anchored putting stroke is being supported more by international golfers than those in the United States, the Royal & Ancient Golf Club said Friday.

The R&A and U.S. Golf Association announced the proposed rule on Nov. 28. Because it is a sensitive issue, they allowed a 90-day comment period that ended Thursday.

“We note that this matter has proved particularly sensitive in the United States, while the proposed rule change has been received more favorably across the international golfing community,” the R&A said in a statement.

The PGA Tour and PGA of America have announced their opposition to banning the anchored stroke, the common method for using belly putters and long putters that are pressed against the chest. No other tour or golf organization around the world has publicly stated its opposition.

SITTING OUT: Brandt Snedeker is skipping another World Golf Championship to make sure his sore ribs are ready for the Masters Tournament.

Snedeker hasn’t played since he won the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, when he noticed soreness in his left ribs.

EUROPEAN TOUR: In Centurion, South Africa, Charl Coetzee shot 7-under 65 to hold the clubhouse lead by a stroke Friday when a thunderstorm halted the second round of the Tshwane Open.

Coetzee is at 12-under on the Els Club course at Copperleaf Golf Estate.

LPGA TOUR: In Singapore, Stacy Lewis made six birdies to shoot a 6-under 66 and take a two-stroke lead at the HSBC Women’s Champions.

Lewis was at 11-under 133 overall.

WEB.COM TOUR: In Bogota, Colombia, B.J. Staten, Jim Renner, Bhavik Patel and D.J. Brigman share the lead atop a crowded leaderboard at the Colombia Championship at Country Club de Bogota.

Staten (67), Renner (65), Patel (66), Brigman (67 are are tied at 8-under 134.

Scott Brown shot 70 and is tied for 36th. Kevin Kisner and Scott Parel missed the cut.


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