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R&A upset over Carlos Tevez as Caddy, not too bothered about long putters.

Carlos Tevez, the renegade Manchester City striker made an unscheduled appearance on Sunday at Royal Lytham as caddy to fellow Argentinian Andres Romero. The move did not help Andres too much, he finished with a last round of  82, which left him at the bottom of the leaderboard of those players who made the cut and contested the final rounds. Looking at the picture he does not appear to be too upset at falling apart on the golf course.

Carlos Tevez (L) acted as caddie for Andres Romero (R) during the final round of The Open at Lytham

Carlos Tevez and Andres Romero/Sky

 Royal and Ancient committee chairman Jim McArthur was incensed;

” He never put the bag down, even when he was standing on the green, it’s just absolute madness. I think we need to look at this particular case. We normally get a list of caddies at the start of the week.”

This apparently is what is most important to him, not the long putter debate. Luckily for the genuine golf fan the R&A chief executive Peter Dawson managed to put a positive spin onto the strange but golfwise harmless occurrence;

“It was pretty interesting. I thought, because of the big crowd following the group, that golf fans and football fans may overlap a little more than I had realised. It’s not a bad thing, perhaps.”

Lets all hope that Peter Dawson’s clear thinking will prevail when they finally get around to debating the anchoring issue. As I reported yesterday even Ernie Els knows anchoring is cheating, he said before he swapped to the belly putter;

“It’s become such an easy way to putt. Nerves and skill in putting is part of the game. Take a tablet if you can’t handle it.”

And then after he had switched;

“As long as it’s legal, I’ll keep cheating like the rest of them.”

The question is, do YOU believe anchoring is cheating, or is it now just part of the game ? What do you think?

R&A going to call time on Anchoring

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Ernie Els/ The Open Champion 2012/ Getty Images

The dust had hardly settled over the Royal Lytham & St Annes course, scene of  The Open 2012 and Ernie Els anchoring assisted win on Monday when Peter Dawson of the R&A issued a statement about how soon they would be addressing the problem;

“This decision has not been taken, but I think we are going to say something in a few months rather than years. Anchoring is what we’re looking at, method of stroke, and it’s all about putting around a fixed pivot point, whether that fixed pivot point is in your belly or under your chin or on your chest, I don’t distinguish.”

Mr Dawson said that data shows 14-15 percent of the field regularly use a longer putter, and at the Open Championship, that number increased to 27.5 percent. Any future ruling would not invalidate the wins of  The Open champion Ernie Els, PGA champion Keegan Bradley and U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson, officially or unofficially.

“It doesn’t detract in any way from the winner as long as he obeys the rules of play at the time. Bobby Jones used concave-faced clubs for some of his major championships and they were outlawed later.”

 USGA executive director Mike Davis remains focused on a decision that is best for the entire sport;

“Together with the R&A, we remain deliberate in our review, and are keen on getting any decision right for the long-term, for the game and for all golfers, rather than rush to judgment.”

Strange fact, is what Ernie Els said after Trevor Immelman had won the Deutsche Bank-SAP Open Tournament Players Championship of Europe, using a belly putter;

“It’s become such an easy way to putt. Nerves and skill in putting is part of the game. Take a tablet if you can’t handle it.”

After switching to the belly putter, his demeanor had changed to if you can’t beat them, join them;

“As long as it’s legal, I’ll keep cheating like the rest of them.”

I guess The Big Easy found out the hard way, there is no tablet to help you win at golf.

What do you think, is anchoring “cheating? “

The Royal and Ancient names new Captain for 2012-2013

 

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Frenchman and nine handicapper Pierre Bechmann is to be the new Captain of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, for 2012-2013. The traditional driving-in ceremony will take place on the first tee of the Old Course on Friday 21st September, 2012. Pierre was born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Paris in 1957, and becomes the first Captain of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club from Continental Europe. He also sits on the Executive Committee of the French Golf Federation and the Championship Committee of the European Golf Association. A lawyer and member of the Paris Bar, Pierre finds time to be President of his home club, Golf de Chantilly.

Pierre is well known in the R&A circles, having been a former member of the R&A’s General Committee, and has served on the Championship and Rules of Golf Committees as well as The R&A Coaching Panel.  In 2008/09 he was Captain of Royal St George’s Golf Club.

Congratulations Pierre, I hope you thoroughly enjoy your term in office as Captain of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews.

 

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