Johannesburg - Ernie Els said he would “play with a heavy heart” in today’s third round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge, after hearing news on the putting green that his former coach Jos Vanstiphout had passed away.
Jos Vanstiphout was born in Belgium in 1951, one of 10 children, and didn’t become interested in golf until he had just turned 40. The defining moment occurred when he bought a copy of Timothy Gallway’s book The Inner Game. Jos was impressed and utterly consumed by the subject. What’s more, Jos clearly had an aptitude for this aspect of the game and a gift for communicating his own personal thoughts and ideas to players in such a way that they could improve their performance.
“He was a true friend and I’ll miss him,” said Ernie today.