BETHESDA, Md. – Ernie Els is in a good place these days.
He’s on the first page of the leaderboard in the Quicken Loans National. He’s at Congressional Country Club, where he is a member and where he won the 1997 U.S. Open. He’s walking the Blue Course with caddie Ricky Roberts, who was on the bag for the win in 1997, with nearly each shared stride bringing back fond memories of the major triumph.
And he’s enjoying spending time with his putter.
Yes, his putter. Back in April, after openly talking about having the yips with his putter, he wanted to break his flat stick in two after he took six putts on the first hole of the Masters and made a quintuple-bogey 9.
After the round where he took 80 strokes he talked about how he couldn’t take the putter back and his lack of confidence had taken over his mind and hands. He was happy with every other club in the bag but devastated by not being able to make a putt from three feet, even two feet.