LOS ANGELES – With only a few weeks left before a decision on long putters, British Open champion Ernie Els hopes golf officials change their minds.
Els used a belly putter when he won at Royal Lytham & St. Annes. That made him the third champion in the last five majors to use a putter anchored to the body.
The U.S. Golf Association and Royal & Ancient Golf Club have proposed a new rule that would outlaw clubs being anchored to the body. The 90-day comment period on the new rule is over at the end of this month.
Els says he hasn't seen any data that would lead to a ban on the putting stroke. He also doesn't think it was an issue until he and Webb Simpson won consecutive majors.