R&A upset over Carlos Tevez as Caddy, not too bothered about long putters. July 24 2012
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?