Golf

Els gears up for Canada

2012-07-26 07:47
Ernie Els (AFP)

Toronto - Ernie Els says he's feeling good about his chances at this week's Canadian Open despite having little time to prepare following his Open Championship victory on Sunday.

Els, who brought the Claret Jug along with him to Canada, hasn't had much time to himself since winning at Royal Lytham. He has played just five practice holes on the Hamilton Golf and Country Club course so far.

"I feel very fresh," he said on Wednesday. "I've been trying to be just low key about it."

The 42-year-old South African said even though his pre-tournament routine will not be what it usually is, he has done his homework and seen enough of the course to be ready.

"I haven't prepared on the golf course the way maybe that I wanted to," Els said. "So I went through the yardage. I saw a couple holes on Wednesday. I'll be fresh and ready to go on Thursday, so I'll be competing at 100 percent on Thursday.

"I don't know if it's such a big disadvantage because a lot of times when you don't play a course, you don't know where the trouble is.

"So maybe that's a good thing. You get your yardage, you hit it to your spots."

Els said he had gained added confidence from his one-shot victory over Australian Adam Scott on Sunday, and was relieved to win another major because he went through a tough stretch where he just could not achieve top results.

"My last 10 years weren't that easy," he said.

Before heading to Canada, Els said he had spent some time at his home in England celebrating his British Open win with friends and family.

He flew to the Toronto area on Tuesday and will tee off in Thursday's opening round in a group with Vijay Singh and Matt Kuchar.

Coming the week after the British Open, the tournament managed to attract just six of the top 30 players in the world.

Besides Els, the biggest names in the field are Kuchar, Hunter Mahan and Jim Furyk, as well as local favourite Mike Weir.

Weir, who has competed in more than 20 Canadian Opens, is teeing off alongside Mahan and defending champion Sean O'Hair.

"The Canadian Open is the first professional tournament that I saw live, in person," said Weir. "I think it was probably about 1985, maybe even earlier than that - '83.

"I look forward to this event every year. It's an event I don't want to miss, and even though last year I probably shouldn't have been playing, I didn't want to miss it and didn't want to miss it again this year."

Read more on:    canadian open  |  ernie els  |  golf
NEXT ON SPORT24X

Westwood wins in Malaysia

2014-04-20 14:07

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Live scoring

 
 
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured Blog

The stock of Bulls and Sharks 2014 Super Rugby jerseys are slowly becoming available after the festive season break, writes blogger Baylion.

Latest blogs
Vote

Which is your favourite event on the golfing calendar?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

TV schedule Plan your couch time with our searchable sport TV guide

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.