Ernie Els makes brief putter switch

Updated: March 28, 2013, 8:08 PM ET
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Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty ImagesErnie Els is ditching the long putter this week in Thailand but expects to have it back in his bag come the Masters.

Reigning Open Championship winner Ernie Els will put a short putter in his bag this week in an Asian Tour event, but won't be using it at the Masters.

The four-time major champion from South Africa will make the switch at the Chiangmai Golf Classic in Thailand, according to SkySports.com.

When he tees it up for the year's first major at Augusta National on April 11, though, the "Big Easy" will revert back to the longer version of the flatstick "simply because the greens are so quick over there."

In November, the USGA and the R&A announced they would likely ban the anchoring of any stroke to the body after a 90-day comment period, which ended Feb. 28. The governing bodies are expected to make an official announcement sometime in the spring.

After the Masters, Els said he will attempt to go back to the shorter putter, according to the report.

Els, who has been using an anchored putter since 2011, joked after making the switch a couple of years ago, "As long as they allow it, I'll keep cheating." He isn't expected to play another competitive event prior to the Masters.

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