For a guy who now has nine Champions Tour major victories, Bernhard Langer cannot seem to catch a break lately.
Earlier this week, Gary Player questioned the validity of Langer’s Champions Tour record for career majors, believing that he and Langer should be co-record holders.
The remarks came in the midst of championship #9, which occurred this past weekend at the Senior PGA Championship.
Now, according to Hank Haney, there have been questions by fellow Tour members about how legal Langer’s putting stroke is.
- Haney, known best for being Tiger Woods’ former swing coach, brought up the issue of Langer’s putting in a video he posted to Twitter (see below).
- The implication is that Haney believes Langer’s putting stroke may violate the Tour’s rules against anchoring.
- According to Haney, “Lots of Champions Tour players” are concerned about it.
- The video shows Langer possibly anchoring his left wrist to his shirt and chest. Putting in a way that prevents the club from swinging freely is illegal on Tour.
- The issue of Langer’s putting has come up before. In February 2016, Golf World reported that Champions Tour officials and players were concerned that his motion might be illegal.
— Hank Haney (@HankHaney) May 31, 2017
“I am aware of my left arm and hand, and my hand is definitely not touching my body. I anchor when I address and then move my hand away from the chest, till it is not touching anymore.”
–Bernhard Langer, in a 2016 text message to Golf World’s Tim Rosaforte