PGA Tour

Els looks to Presidents Cup after FedEx Cup setback

2017-08-22 14:50
Ernie Els (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Ernie Els will have time off to recuperate from his rib injury after failing to make it into the FedEx Cup playoffs.

The four-time major winner withdrew midway through Round 2 of the Wyndham Championship last week due to the persistent pain.

Els, who celebrated his 100th major this month at Quail Hollow in the PGA Championship, says that being out of action on the PGA Tour gives him an opportunity to "stay on top of my fitness, so that we can hopefully shake off this rib injury".

"Obviously I haven't played my best stuff this season, but it's my nature to always look forwards, never back. Let's see if we can get something going in the latter part of this year," Els wrote in his weekly newsletter.

In his next event, Els will tee off in the European Tour's KLM Open in Spijk, starting on Thursday, September 14.

Thereafter, the South African will turn his attention to the Presidents Cup where he'll be assisting International captain Nick Price along with Tony Johnstone, Geoff Ogilvy and Mike Weir.

Els has taken part in eight Presidents Cups between 1996 and 2013, including a win in 1998 and famously a tie in 2003 at The Links at Fancourt.

"As one of Nick Price's captain's assistants, I'm looking forward to that (The Presidents Cup)," said Els.

"It's going to be a new experience not playing, but I'm excited about this new role, embracing that whole team vibe and all of us pulling together to try to win this thing for the first time in a while. It's always a special week."

The USA team will be captained by Steve Stricker with Tiger Woods, Fred Couples and Davis Love III as his assistants.

The Presidents Cup gets underway on September 28 at the Liberty National Golf Club in New Jersey.

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