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Els hopeful of no ban on belly putters

Updated: February 15, 2013, 11:37 AM ET
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- With only a few weeks left before a decision on long putters, Open Championship winner Ernie Els hopes golf officials change their minds.

The U.S. Golf Association and Royal & Ancient Golf Club have proposed a new rule that would outlaw a stroke in which the club is anchored to the body. Els used a belly putter when he won last summer at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, becoming the third winner in the last five majors to use a belly putter.

"Hopefully, they don't ban it," ...

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