Rory McIlroy calls for golfing unity over controversial ‘putter’ issue

STICK TOGETHER: So says Rory McIlroy
STICK TOGETHER: So says Rory McIlroy

World number one Rory McIlroy has issued a plea for unity over the controversial rule changes on putting which could split the game.

The PGA Tour has come out against the proposed ban of anchored putters from 2016, joining the PGA of America in opposing the move.

McIlroy had previously said that he fully agreed with the ban, but speaking on Tuesday ahead of his defence of the Honda Classic, he appeared more concerned with achieving uniformity.

“I saw what Tim Finchem had to say and it seems like the European Tour is going to go a different way,” McIlroy told a press conference.

“I read a thing Monty (Colin Montgomerie) said that this divide isn’t good for golf and I don’t think it is. We either need to all be on one side or the other.

“I’m all for people enjoying the game and trying to make the game as easy as possible and bringing people to the game, and if that means they should allow anchored putters to make it easier for the general public then that’s a good thing.

“But then they talk about bifurcation, whether you should have one set of rules for us and one set for the amateurs and it’s just a bit of a mess and opened a can of worms.”