The USGA and the R&A have both released statements on the proposed rule change that would prohibit the use of anchored strokes.

After the announcement was made, golf’s governing bodies invited members of the golfing community to submit feedback during a 90-day consultation period, which has now come to an end.

Last week, PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem announced the PGA Tour was opposed to the proposed rule change.

R&A statement:

“Anchoring has been a polarising issue in our sport and despite having weighed the matter thoroughly before making the proposal, we believed it was important to to give stakeholders in the game the opportunity to air their views.

“Our consultation period has generated a number of considered responses which have continued to arrive right up to the deadline. We appreciate those responses and will take time to review and evaluate them.

“We note this matter has proved particularly sensitive in the US, while the proposed rule change has been received more favourably across the international golfing community.

“As we have throughout this process, we will work closely with the USGA in moving towards a final resolution.”

USGA statement:

“The 90-day comment period on proposed rule 14-1b has been very constructive and we appreciate the thoughtfulness of everyone who offered feedback. We received comments, questions and suggestions from recreational golfers, golf professionals and organisations representing many segments of the golfing community.

“The discussion has been informative and serves as a strong reminder just how passionate golfers are about the game – no matter their position on this specific issue.

“For well over a year, the golfing community has engaged in a healthy and spirited discussion about anchoring, as well as other important issues confronting the game.

“Throughout this period, we have worked to explain the intent of Rule 14-1b, which aims to clarify and preserve the traditional and essential nature of the golf stroke that has helped to make golf a unique and enjoyable game of skill and challenge for centuries.

“As the comment period comes to a close, we will continue to review and evaluate the feedback that we have received. As we have throughout this process, we will continue to confer with the R&A in our work to reach a final resolution on the matter.”