27 Feb '13, 2pm

Finchem And 'The Greater Good'

Finchem And 'The Greater Good'

It was disappointing watching PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem voice opposition to the USGA's and R&A's proposed ban of anchoring during last Sunday's WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. Certainly Finchem was doing his job in standing up for the approximately 10 percent of PGA Tour players and 18 percent of Champions Tour players who use a belly or long putter. To give him the benefit of the doubt, perhaps the commissioner was establishing a record that could protect his membership in the event of a future lawsuit by an aggrieved anchorer. Or maybe he is angling for a grandfather clause like the one that allowed Burleigh Grimes to keep throwing legal spitballs even after baseball banned the pitch in 1920. Finchem usually makes the smart play, and this may go down as the latest one. But the performance certainly felt wrong in terms of the greater good of golf. It would ...

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