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March 27, 2013

Ernie Els using short putter -- but not for Augusta

Posted at 12:27 PM by Golf.com | Categories: Ernie Els, Masters

Els_shortputter_300In advance of the proposed ban on belly putters, Ernie Els is playing with a short putter at the Chiangmai Golf Classic in Thailand this week.

But according to SkySports, the Big Easy will be back to using an anchored putter when the Masters kicks off a week from Monday. 

"Even if I won here this week, I will use the belly putter at the Masters simply because the greens are so quick over there. But after the Masters, I'll try to use the short putter more regularly."

Els, currently No. 24 in the world rankings, won the 2012 British Open after switching to a longer putter. But he missed the Masters last year after 18 straight appearances at Augusta.  

In November, the USGA and R&A announced a proposal to outlaw the method of hooking clubs to the body. The European PGA has since voiced support for the ban, which would go into effect in 2016, while the PGA Tour and PGA of America oppose it. Arnold Palmer said last week that he supports the prohibition, saying "we do not need a contraption to play the game of golf."  

Photo: Els using the short putter at the Qatar Masters in January (Getty Images).

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