23 May 2013

Els predicts battle over golf putter ban

6:27 am on 23 May 2013

The South African golf star Ernie Els has predicted a legal battle over the ban on anchoring putters set to come into force in 2016, and he admits he would not have won last year's British Open without a long putter.

Els' South African compatriot Tim Clark - who has been using an anchored putting stroke since turning professional in 1998 - has already vowed to look into the legality of the ban.

Els has already been practising with a short putter in preparation for the ban which is due to take effect from January 1st 2016.