by Ted Bishop

The two-year anniversary of Rule 14-1b, which banned the anchored stroke, will be Jan. 1. For the good of the game, 2018 should be the last year for the rule to be enforced.

When the U.S. Golf Association decided that it didn’t like the look of the anchored putting stroke, contending that it ran counter to the spirit of how the game was meant to be played, many golfers – from touring professionals to recreational players – were adversely affected. On Jan. 1, 2016, the game changed for them. For many recreational amateurs and professionals, their golfing lives ended abruptly when they were re-infected with the yips.


Another vote for 2 sets of rules

I agree that we need two sets of rules (“It’s time for golf to create 2 sets of rules,” Nov. 28). That way, we could bring the long putter back for the everyday player who has a bad back.

Vincent Recine 
Centennial, Colo.



Number of bogeys that Lee McCoy made in 72 holes en route to a 28-under 260 total and two-stroke victory in the Tour Qualifying Tournament on Sunday at Whirlwind Golf Club in Chandler, Ariz. McCoy, 23, earned an exemption for the 2018 regular season on the developmental tour. Nos. 2-10 and ties will be exempt for the first 12 events. Everybody in the 144-man field will be assured of at least conditional status. The Tour season begins Jan. 13 in the Bahamas.


Died: England’s Tommy Horton, an eight-time winner on the European Tour who played in the 1975 and ’77 Ryder Cup matches for the Great Britain and Ireland team, on Dec. 7, according to the European Tour. He was 76. No cause of death was listed. From 1967 to 1977, Horton posted four top-10 finishes in the British Open. Horton added 23 titles on the European Senior Tour. 



Arcis Golf, a Dallas-based golf course owner-operator, has eight of its Dallas-Fort Worth-area golf facilities honored by Avid Golfer Magazine in its annual “Best of Public Golf” edition. Cowboys Golf Club led the Dallas-Fort Worth honorees as “Best Overall Golf Club.”


December 11
European Tour: Joburg Open (completion of rain-delayed final round)
Randpark GC, Johannesburg, South Africa
December 14-17
Exhibition: PNC Father/Son Challenge
Ritz-Carlton GC, Orlando, Fla.
Exhibition: PNC Father/Son Challenge
Ritz-Carlton GC, Orlando, Fla.
December 19-22
Men’s amateur: South Beach International Amateur
Miami Beach (Fla.) GC
Women’s amateur: Dixie Women’s Amateur
Woodlands CC (East), Tamarac, Fla.
Men’s amateur: Dixie Amateur
Heron Bay GC, Coral Springs, Fla.

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