Tim Finchem sat in San Diego hotel ballroom earlier this week, listening for the second time to a presentation by Mike Davis, the US Golf Association's executive director, about the proposed ban on the anchored stroke.
Finchem said the presentation was similar to the last one he viewed, at the PGA Tour's board meeting last fall at Sea Island, Ga.
According to sources, neither Finchem nor many of the board members left impressed.
During the next three months, Finchem has had an opportunity to hone in on a position about the proposal by the USGA and R&A to ban anchoring, which has become popularized by the long and belly putters, when the Rules of Golf are updated in 2016. He talked about the possibility of golf allowing different rules for the professional and amateur games, or bifurcation.
"Most other sports have some differences in their rules at the amateur level than the professional level," Finchem said. "Personally, I think in some situations bifurcation is OK. I'm not ...