Ernie Els will ditch his belly putter after four rounds at Augusta National this year.
He told the Irish Times he was going to get ahead of the proposed anchored putter ban and go to a shorter putter after Augusta. He will definitely have fully switched by the time the U.S. Open rolls around in June.
Els experimented a bit with the short putter last week at the Chiangmai Golf Classic in Thailand, using it for the first three rounds before closing with his normal belly putter.
Here's what he told the Irish Times about the experience:
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.
Els famously (or now infamously, I guess) won the British Open last year with his belly putter, part of the ammunition used by anti-anchored putter folks in their argument against anchored putters.
Els' best finish at the Masters is a second-place spot in 2004 when Phil Mickelson took the green jacket.