Rocco Mediate, Jeff Sluman and Chip Beck all expect decision day to become doomsday.

The USGA on Tuesday will announce its final decision on whether to ban anchored putting, and all indications are the ruling will draw jeers from the likes of recent major winners Adam Scott and Keegan Bradley -- plus Mediate, Sluman and Beck.

Speaking Monday at media day for the Encompass Championship, the June 21-23 Champions Tour event at North Shore Country Club that will bring senior golf back to the Chicago area, Sluman said: "I've tried it every way -- long, belly and cross-handed -- and I can miss 'em all. You still have to read it right, start it right and have the right speed. But I do think they will ban it, unfortunately."

Sluman favors the belly putter, while Mediate has gone conventional since 2009. He was the first to win a PGA Tour event with a long putter at the 1991 Doral-Ryder Open.

"I went to it because of my back, and it helped me," he said, "but I certainly didn't make more putts. As long as you have to move it back and through and you need the ball to go where you're looking, it ain't easier.

"It looks funny and it's obviously not traditional, but what is now? The ball is faster than ever, the courses are 97,000 yards long and everybody is hitting driver and wedge (to the greens). If I was betting, I'd say they're going to dump the whole thing. ... They should have made it illegal in '91 if they were going to do it."

Not all players are opposed to a ban. Tiger Woods has been an outspoken proponent of outlawing anchoring.

"I hope they go with the ban," Woods said Monday. "And as far as the PGA Tour, I hope they do it as soon as possible. I've always felt that you should have to ... control your nerves and swing all 14 clubs, not just 13."

A USGA ban wouldn't go into effect until Jan. 1, 2016.

  • Guan Tianlang, the 14-year-old Chinese amateur who last month became the youngest player to make the cut in a major championship when he finished 58th at the Masters, has accepted an exemption to play at the Memorial Tournament next week.

    Guan also made the cut at the PGA Tour stop in New Orleans but missed weekend play at last week's Byron Nelson.

    Soccer

    The owners of the 18 Mexican first-division soccer clubs voted to bar one person or one company from owning more than one team. The vote was an apparent move to stop tycoon Carlos Slim from expanding his growing influence in Mexican soccer.

    Mexico's largest broadcasters, Televisa and TV Azteca, have owned multiple first-division teams, but the issue wasn't brought up until after Slim ventured into Mexican soccer in September.

    The Chicago Tribune and The Associated Press contributed to this report.