Date: March 01, 2013
Author: Golf Australia

McIlroy backs ruling bodies in anchor debate

World Number 1 Rory McIlroy described the status of the anchoring debate as “a bit of a mess” but will support the eventual decision taken by the R&A and USGA. At the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship last week in Arizona, PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem announced the PGA Tour&aposs view to oppose prohibiting the anchoring of a club. “Obviously I saw what Tim Finchem had to say at the end of last week, and you know, it seems like The European Tour is going to go a different way. I read a thing that Monty (Colin Montgomerie) said this divide isn&apost good for golf, and I don&apost think it is. I think we all need to be on one side or the other,” McIlroy said. “We&aposve trusted this game of golf; we&aposve put it in the hands of the R&A and the USGA for I don&apost know how many years, and we&aposve always abided by the rules that they have set. I don&apost think this should be any different. I think golf&aposs pretty good at the minute and it&aposs in good hands.” “You know, it&aposs up to the governing bodies at the end of the day to decide. I sort of think it was a bit of a knee-jerk reaction to how much success people were having with it,” he added. McIlroy, who is in Florida this week to defend his Honda Classic title, said a discussions about bifurcation would make things more complex. “They talk about bifurcation and whether you should have one set of rules for us and one set of rules for the amateurs; it&aposs just a bit of a mess. It&aposs just opened a can of worms with it.” Earlier on the same day Major champion Keegan Bradley said he was “ready to be over it.” “It&aposs been actually pretty difficult. You know, especially lately; I&aposm being called a cheater more than ever by fans, by some writers,” Bradley said. “I can&apost imagine how people can say that to me or to anybody out here. It&aposs been really difficult, and I&aposm sick of it to be honest.” McIlroy said a change in position would still receive his support. “Whatever decision the USGA comes to, because obviously they had this 90 day period, maybe the pressure that the PGA TOUR has put on them, they might change their minds and rethink about it. And if they do that, then that&aposs totally fine with me,” McIlroy added.