Ernie Els is the reigning British Open Championship winner. However, that is in the past and the South African is living in the present. “You don't want to tread water for too long in these playoffs. I need a strong performance in one of the next two tournaments so I can get myself into the mix going into the Tour Championship. Maybe TPC Boston this week?,”
Ernie Els wrote to his fans through his website blog.
Els is hoping his putter will spark some lower scores and a trip to the TOUR Championship in Atlanta. While watching the PGA Championship coverage, which aired multiple "down the line" shots of Els putting, he noticed that he was missing putts to the right, even though his alignment looked great, stroke was repeating and mechanics were solid. His misses, he determined, were caused by him being more upright in his posture and the high putter heel, which produced an open face. Prior to the play at the Barclays, Odyssey Reps sent the Big Easy a new version of his Open Championship winning Odyssey XG #1 Proto Belly but with a lie angle adjustment. Els’ old gamer was at 70.5° lie and the new version is at 73.5°. Some might think the tweak isn’t that big of a deal, but the change should help the putter sit flush and allow the face to return back to square much easier and the ball should leave on the line Els is seeing. After using it the first time, Els immediately thought it felt better and started the ball on a very good line.
“I'm looking to step it up in this week's Deutsche Bank at TPC Boston,” Els said. “A lot can happen very quickly in this series, as we saw at Bethpage where Nick Watney won the tournament and jumped from 49th place into the top spot.”