Proud Els a vuvuzela fan

2010-06-16 09:47

Pebble Beach - Seeing his native South Africa shine as hosts of the Soccer World Cup was a thrill for Ernie Els, even watching from half a world away.

Els, whose parents are visiting in the States from South Africa, watched the opening ceremony on television with his father.

"I must say my hair was standing on end for about 20 minutes," Els said. "It's just an amazing spectacle down there, the biggest sporting event in the world, and we're hosting it.

"And at least we drew the first game. We always thought we were going to lose against Mexico, so it was a great tie."

Els said he hoped to make it back to South Africa before the World Cup ends. In the meantime, he said, it might just serve as inspiration for the South African golfers in the US Open this week at Pebble Beach.

"We've got quite a few South African players in the field, and a lot of them are playing really well," he said. "I think at least one of us can do well this week."

Els said he'd even like to hear the sound of a few vuvuzelas echoing around the Monterey Peninsula.

The noisy horns blown by South African football fans aren't embraced by all.

"I think it would be cool," Els said when asked if he'd like to hear them at the US Open.

However, he admitted they could pose a problem in the restrained world of golf, where even a camera click on a player's backswing can provoke a tirade.

"I think it would be difficult not to blow that thing on your backswing, you know," he said. "I don't think that will go down really well here with the US Golf Association.

"I don't think the USGA will allow it on the tournament grounds. Maybe practice rounds, that would give a bit of more spirit to things. Those things are really loud, though."

While South African fans were thrilled by their opening draw with Mexico, England fans were dismayed by a 1-1 opening draw with the United States, in which a blunder by England keeper Robert Green allowed the Americans the equaliser.

England's Lee Westwood, who was playing the US PGA Tour event in Memphis when the match was on last week, saw it on a replay and on Tuesday he still didn't want to talk about it.

"Yeah, I saw the US goal," Westwood said. "What's your point?"

Westwood said he was probably the only golfer in Memphis hoping for a rain delay, so he could watch the match live. As it turned out, he wasn't sorry he missed it.

"Thankfully I didn't get a rain delay and I didn't have to watch it. By all accounts it was fairly average."

But Westwood said he was checking out the results and what action he could in the mornings here.

He put down the wealth of draws in the early group matches to conservative play.

"I think it's the early stages and teams are still trying to find their feet and not make too many mistakes," he said. "It's a bit like being in a playoff really. You don't want to give the first couple of holes away and be too aggressive."


  • anti - 2010-06-16 09:57

    What a lot of Bullsh... Coming from a sport where NO sounds are allowed! T

  • TIRED OF VUVUZELAS - 2010-06-16 10:27

    Of course Els is a 'vuvuzela fan'... so would I be if I was thousands of miles away and didn't have to listen to the endless idiots blowing these disgusting things!! Look at the poll on this very website - 59% of people want them banned - same as in every other poll i have seen on the internet...

  • Jeremy - 2010-06-16 10:44

    hope ernie doesn't include a vuvuzela in his bag, could be construed as a 15th club, knowing the USGA, it could just get him disqualified.

  • jason - 2010-06-16 11:38

    oh please he spends about 6 days a year here. Stop trotting him out as a proud South African

  • Pieter - 2010-06-16 11:55

    Next time Ernie plays we must all go cheer him in true "South Africa tradition" and blow the Vuvu all the time while Ernie is playing his game. Let's see if he then still loves it.

  • JSC - 2010-06-16 12:09

    His gholf is not up to standard anymore and now has to kruip gat to still be reckoned at home. Ernie is a has been and must accept it.

  • ace - 2010-06-16 12:11

    A proudly South African, I'm so happy to hear that Ernie Els is also a fan of the vuvuzela. Vuvuzela is our traditional weapon in this Wolrd Cup and all the true Africans like it...we will blow until the end of this big tournament. Anyway we don't expect everyone to like it.

  • Ellamyn. - 2010-06-16 12:31

    Ernie is trading his culture for a vuvu type culture.Big mouth when he is not here.

  • Ellamyn. - 2010-06-16 12:37

    I feel sorry for you at news 24.The word vuvuzela killed some brain cells.I see you can't read anymore.My sympathy.I dare you to publish this comment

  • Louis - 2010-06-16 13:00

    I have lost all respect for Ernie now, used to think he was the best. Go blow your horn Ernie and get lost!

  • turbo_superboss - 2010-06-16 13:02

    polls on the internet are biased, because only people with internet can vote. You must have a very narrow mind to take internet polls seriously.

  • IrishBoer - 2010-06-16 13:13

    Really dissapointed in you Ernie! Lost all respect for you trying to suck up and be "politically correct". Let Tiger blow your horn for you d##s!!!

  • Gunnar - 2010-06-16 13:30

    Of course we should like them. At a distance they're very tolerable. Factories Act specifies that ear muffs are necessary if noice level is higher than 85dBA. These trumpets, as the Swedes call them, generate 120! The mistake was to allow the sale of the gadget with that noise capacity in the first place. You will have seen in the press that an alterntive is now for sale.

  • Dmon - 2010-06-16 13:31

    Just found a website to show your support for Vuv's I think its great! This is an Africa World Cup after all!

  • the little cherub - 2010-06-16 16:40

    I wouldn't be too perturbed about upsetting a few American golfers............ after all, the way they behaved and went ape-s*** towards the end of a Ryder Cup match a few years ago they've got no reason to bitch about anything! @IrishBoer: Make up your mind, you can't be both............and you're definitely not Irish, you w**** (which is probably closer to the mark).

  • Afro Ozzie - 2010-06-17 08:10

    I lived in South Africa for 37 years. Never was the Vuvusemoer part of my culture. Never seen it, never heard it. So is it really culture? If shouting Laduma! is culture, I will accept. But not this noisy thing that will cause serious ear damage to anyone attending soccer matches.

  • At all of you - 2010-06-21 16:19

    You people suck, get a life. Vuvuzela's are a hit world wide even in the BBC country over 40000 of them have been sold. go eat. SHAPA VUVU SHAPA

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