Els getting comfortable with long putter


It was not a fun week for Ernie Els at the PGA Championship in Atlanta. The stay was just two rounds and Els faced a 7,400-plus-yard beast that seemed too much for his game.

Making the decision to play in Greensboro this week to try to secure a spot in the FedEx Cup playoffs next week, Els got a polar opposite at Sedgefield CC. Els liked it, shooting 5-under 65 in the first round of the Wyndham Championship.

“I had a bit of a tough time [at Atlanta Athletic Club], I missed the cut. But I really enjoyed the course last week but, as you say, it was a really kind of a beast compared to this old lady, shall I say,” he said with a smile.

Despite the rough time at the PGA Championship, Els says he figured out something to feel more comfortable with the long putter he now wields.

He said, “I did something [on Friday] and it feels a lot more comfortable and I can keep the putter lower through the ball which I’ve had difficulty doing, but from an awkward stance it was difficult to do that. Now my stance is better. I made some nice putts today.”