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Refreshed Els out to end jinx

2009-10-27 10:31

Singapore - Big South African Ernie Els turned 40 this month and celebrated with a family vacation in the Bahamas, arriving for the Barclays Singapore Open refreshed and ready to break his win jinx.

Els has claimed 64 tournaments in his long career but nothing since the Honda Classic and King Hassan II Trophy in early 2008, with his world ranking slumping to 22, its lowest in 15 years.

If he is to break the drought, Singapore could be the place.

He has been a regular visitor to the tournament, now co-sanctioned by the European and Asian Tours, and has always done well, finishing joint second last year with Padraig Harrington behind winner Jeev Milkha Singh.

"I like this tournament. As I said before, I love Singapore as a city. And I've played quite a few tournaments in Asia and believe me this is as good as it gets," he said on his website.

"Just the quality and the way everything is set-up and run is world class, basically.

"And obviously the whole Race to Dubai factor, along with a five million prize fund, has attracted a great field here this week, as well.

"I've had a couple of second-place finishes in this tournament, so it goes without saying I'd love to go one better this time around."

Despite being 40, Els still follows a punishing schedule with 31 tournaments spanning the globe on his agenda this year.

He said the tail end of the season was when players like himself started to tire, but the break in the Bahamas has worked wonders.

"We spent pretty much the rest of last week in the Bahamas and it was probably the most enjoyable and relaxed vacation that I've had in a long time," he said.

"It's just around this time of the season that you can start to get a little tired, but this fortnight with the family in the Bahamas has really helped re-charge the batteries.

"I'm ready to go again for the upcoming tournament double-header in the Far East."

After Singapore, Els heads to Shanghai for the HSBC Champions where Tiger Woods is the major drawcard. He wraps up his season at the Dubai World Championships next month.

AFP

Comments
  • doco - 2009-10-27 11:38

    I wonder what has him so tired, it's certainly not all the sub par rounds he has been shooting to win tournaments.

  • karnuffel - 2009-10-27 12:02

    En hy is ook nie moeg van al die sit-ups wat hy doen nie! Hy kon amper nie die bal sien toe hy putt nie, so groot is sy pens. Dit sal tog te lekker wees as hy bietjie skouer aan die wiel sit, fiks raak, en n paar toernooie wen.

  • Mr Dognuts - 2009-10-27 13:00

    Ernie has lost his desire...consistently the best swinger in the world..but way off target...really weird...reckon that Liesel is past her sell by date..Ernie go get a 20 year old boet..then you'll see some desire...look at Tiger...he's got a nice bird and see he makes lots of birdies..with Ernie..I'm not surprised he's making bogies and double bogeys..just look at that dog......

  • Anon - 2009-10-27 13:03

    As much as I like Ernie Els, he is past his prime.

  • Dave Hiscock - 2009-10-27 14:51

    Ah come on guys, show a little respect, would you! Ernie is one of the most respected golfers on the planet. Yes I agree that his best golfing days are a thing of the past, but that doesn't mean that he isn't a good player and doesn't give any of you the right to kick him while he's down. His personal life isn't the easiest as well, you know! I really feel sorry for the man, as it is not nice to see one of the greats of the game slip and slide his way into oblivian!

  • Christo - 2009-10-27 16:12

    nee manne! ek dink nie hy is heeltemal verby sy "peak" nie! sy swing is nogsteeds een van die bestes, en ek dink hy sal weer in die top tien kom voor hy klaar is! hy spandeer baie tyd aan "autism", aangesien sy seun dit ook het. gee hom net kans, hy sal reg kom!

  • Rooiwillie - 2009-10-27 16:15

    Many of golf's superstar enjoyed great success during their forties and with Ernie's talent one can only image what he is still capable of. I bet ya there is one or two majors still on the cards for this talented South Afircan.

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