Ernie Els Says He Wouldn't Have Won 2012 With Traditional Putter
By Torleif Sorenson on 5/22/13
Following the adoption of Rule 14-1b, four-time major champion Ernie Els has spoken in reaction — but unlike Tim Clark and others, Els will go back to the traditional short putter. Nevertheless, Els admitted in an interview with Reuters golf writer Tony Jimenez that the broomstick helped him win last year's Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St. Annes:
"I was in such a state on the greens then that I don't think I could have won the Open with a short putter. It was a psychological thing for me and even with the long putter I didn't putt that great - I was probably in the bottom 10 of the putting stats at Lytham. But I'm in a much better place now; I feel I can get back to working with the short putter again in the future."
Els also said he used the short putter while playing the Chiang Mai Golf Classic in late March, in Thailand, but doesn't play to go back to it full-time until after this season.
"Luckily for me, if I'm being selfish, I've won 60-odd tournaments and only one was with a belly putter — but it is going to take time for the rest of the guys to get back into competitive form with a different type of method."

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[ comments ]
mustang6560 says:
In my opinion, Ernie Els is full of @#$%! However, I hope he's telling the truth, switches back to a traditional putter, and falls off the face of the earth.
falcon50driver says:
Speaking of falling, Being Irish, I've been told an Irishman isn't drunk as long as he can hold on to a blade of grass and not fall off the face of the earth.
legitimatebeef says:
DougE says:
What's your beef with Ernie, Mustang? Did I miss something?
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