Remember that silky smooth putting stroke that had Ernie in contention on the fastest greens in the toughest tournaments? Well it’s gone, poof! As of this writing, Els is ranked 185th on the PGA Tour in putting from the critical 3-5’ range with an average of 73%. Pros having top seasons like David Toms (93%) consistently excel in this scoring zone and it appears Els has completely lost it at age 41. Compare the ball striking of the two and you’ll see both are comparable with Toms ranked 2nd on Tour in GIR at 72% and Els ranked 11th at 70% But the true impact is felt when looking at stroke average with Toms, ranked 4th at 69.60, and Els at a whopping 159th at 72.16! What’s troubling for Els fans is when great ball strikers like Tom Watson and Johnny Miller lost their ability to make the short ones, they lost their ability to compete for good. Is Ernie done? Will we see him with a long putter before too long? Place your bets.