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Ban or befriend -- that's the question

Updated: May 26, 2004, 4:56 PM ET
By John Hawkins | Golf World

Ernie Els is an agreeable sort whose insouciance toward most legislative matters makes him one of pro golf's great political inactivists. Last week in Germany, however, Els took an assertive and somewhat timely stand, denouncing the legality of long putters.

"I think they should be banned," the Big Easy said without much provocation. "Nerves and the skill of putting are part of the game. You know, take a tablet if you can't handle it."

My goodness. Talk about a right-to-left ...

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