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Tour to support new rule involving long putters

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. >> The PGA Tour is going along with the new rule that will make it illegal in 2016 to use a long putter that is anchored to the body.

The tour made the announcement after its policy board met Monday. Commissioner Tim Finchem says while several players oppose the new rule, it was important that golf be played under one set of rules. The U.S. Golf Association and Royal & Ancient Golf Club are in charge of setting the rules for golf.

It will take effect when the next Rules of Golf is published on Jan. 1, 2016.

The tour 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.

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