I've not seen this mentioned in any of the discussions I've read about the anchoring ban so I thought I'd start a new thread specifically about issues that could arise regarding the OWGR and whether the PGA Tour accept the anchoring ban.
In many threads I've seen, a common point made is along the lines of "So what. Let the PGA make their own rules. The people anchoring can continue to do so on the PGA Tour but then when they play in the majors that don't allow it then they have to use the short stick"
I think that simplifies things greatly. The most direct way to qualify for every major (and WGC events) is based on your position on OWGR.
OWGR is officially sanctioned by every major championship and every major tour. If the PGA Tour decided to go against the ban then I imagine OWGR would have to fall on one side of the debate or the other. I can't see that R&A and USGA would continue to sanction a ranking system that gives points to the PGA Tour who have decided to play outside of the ban.
Whichever way the OWGR fell I'm sure the other side would up their own ranking system but I would imagine the R&A and USGA would still see the one they use as the 'official' ranking system and so they would take their automatic qualifiers from that list.
If this scenario is presented to the PGA Tour players is it really feasible that the majority of the players will accept giving up these major qualification spots in support of a small minority (the anchoring players)?