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April 04, 2013

Ernie Els to swear off belly putter after Masters

Posted at 1:49 PM by Coleman McDowell | Categories: 2013 Masters, Ernie Els
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Ernie Els won last year's British Open using a belly putter and he is giving himself one more opportunity to win a major with the long stick.

Els plans on retiring the belly putter after the Masters to get ready for the proposed ban on anchored putting, according to the Irish Times.

“I just wanted to play (with the belly putter) since it was my last competitive round before the Masters. Mentally, I was going to do the long putter at the Masters. I wanted to feel what it is like under a little bit of pressure."

The four-time major winner used a short putter during the first three rounds of the Chiangmai Golf Classic in Thailand last weekend, but switched back to the belly putter for Sunday.

Els currently ranks 129th on Tour in total putting and has struggled so far this season. His best finish in 2013 is a tie for 13th in February.

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