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The main reason for the new rule, as Davis and R&A chief executive Peter Dawson said Nov. 28, was a concern that anchored strokes was taking away some of the skill inherent to golf. Davis said the rule simply defined what a golf stroke is supposed to be.

“I don’t think I’ll say anything that’s going to be new,” Davis said. “Then I’ll leave the room, and I’m sure it will be different.”