Els plans to use anchored putter until official ban


HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – Following a brief experiment with the short putter at the Chiangmai Golf Classic in Thailand, Ernie Els planned to use a standard-length model at this week’s RBC Heritage.

That plan changed, however, when he finished third for the week at Augusta National in putting and had just a single three-putt to tie for 13th.

“I putted so well with the belly (putter),” said Els, who tied for 14th at the Chiangmai Golf Classic. “I’m so confident with it right now.”

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Els adjusted the lie of his belly putter to move his eye line from over top of the golf ball to just inside it. “I started seeing it last week, and I thought, man this is really nice now.”

Four of the last six major championships have been won by players using long putters, including Adam Scott who completed the “Anchoring Slam” last week at Augusta National, as the USGA and R&A inch closer toward a final decision this spring on anchoring.

“We were joking on Sunday that they (the USGA and R&A) will ban it before the U.S. Open,” Els laughed. “I don’t want to stop using it until they ban it.”