Ernie off to fast start

2009-10-29 08:31

Singapore - Ernie Els, looking for his first win of 2009, got off to a great start at the Singapore Open on Thursday, shooting a four-under 67 to grab an early share of second place.

The 'Big Easy' began on the 10th tee and birdied holes 13, 17 and 18 to reach the turn three-under. Another birdie at the fourth and five pars coming home led to a blemish-free card, ensuring he would be up with the leaders come the end of day.

England's Ian Poulter was fastest out the blocks with a 66 while Chan Yih-Shin finished level with Els.

Other South Africans in the field are Charl Schwartzel, James Kingston, Richard Sterne, Hendrik Buhrmann, Keith Horne, James Kamte and Anton Haig, while major winners Phil Mickelson, Geoff Ogilvy and Padraig Harrington add weight to a classy tournament.


  • Rooiwillie - 2009-10-29 10:37

    Ernie needs this one, not only for himself but also owes his most loyal fans a win or two before he takes off to SA for a long break in December.

  • GoErnie - 2009-10-29 11:04

    Ernie's form has not been great but I hope he pulls this right and returns into the top 10 rankings!! Go Ernie!1

  • The Russian - 2009-10-29 12:28

    They should tell Ernie that the winners prize is a gift voucher for liquor city. He will clean the field up. Sad.

  • Paul - 2009-10-29 12:58

    @the russian.. sad.. you still clinging to stuff he did as a kid 20 years ago.. I admire him for being a normal bloke...not an arrogant idiot like some of the other top players.. including the best in the world. Good luck Ernie..

  • Mike - 2009-10-29 14:55

    Come on Ernie, You are the reason i am today playing Golf!!

  • David - 2009-10-29 15:09

    who writes this stuff??? "FASTEST"??? Never heard that expression used for golf? What on earth does speed have to do with playing golf??

  • David - 2009-10-29 15:33

    Who writes this stuff?? FAST???? Was he running? Was in a racing golf cart????

  • Dave - 2009-10-29 20:42

    You go Ernie, get that Big Eezie back on track - still one of the greatest natural swings around - hit the magic bru!

  • Fi5 - 2009-10-30 08:11

    Fast start? That's good,just keep a good pace,don't over do it in the middle and save enough energy for that final sprint.

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