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September 17 2012

8:16 PM

Els blog: All down to this week

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Ernie Els enters the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola ranked 22nd in the FedExCup.

Editor’s note: Ernie Els has been writing a blog for PGATOUR.COM in 2012, and this is his latest installment. For more information about the World Golf Hall of Famer, visit www.ernieels.com .

It’s all up for grabs at this week’s TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola at East Lake. That’s the nature of the FedExCup Playoffs. It makes things pretty exciting for the players and the fans.

Someone on my team brought to my attention a story on the PGA TOUR’s website last week, which explained what events would have to pan-out at East Lake in order for any of the 30 players teeing it up to win the FedExCup. In theory, anyone can win this thing, including me. Remember last year’s winner Bill Haas was in 25 th place on the points list coming into East Lake and he won it, so anything is possible. I’m in 22 nd spot.

It’s complicated, so I won’t go into all of the possible scenarios right now. Seriously, that could take a while! In a nutshell I have to win the tournament and the leading players on the points list all have to have a bad week. That seems unlikely, but as I said, you never know. I just need to go out there and focus on my own game.

My record on this golf course is pretty solid. This will be my 16 th career appearance in the TOUR Championship, although to be fair not all of them have been here at East Lake, and I’ve had a bunch of top-10 finishes. I think it’s eight in total now. This is one of those golf courses that I do enjoy playing. It suits my eye, as they say, and I think my scoring over the years reflects that.

Every week of the year I play to win and obviously this tournament is no exception. I’d love to add this one to my cv. The good thing is I had a nice rest at home after the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick and, to be honest, I really needed it. Only towards the end of the week did I get out there and do some light practice. Everything is in good shape. I feel fresh mentally and physically. I’m pretty excited about this week.

I’m proud to say there is a Tour Championship of a different kind taking place this week at Els Club Copperleaf, one of our design projects back in South Africa. This week’s tournament is the conclusion of the Sunshine Tour Big Easy series, which consisted of 11 events all over the country. Just like here at East Lake, this week’s event features the top-30 players on the money list. I send them all my best wishes for a great week. I know they’re going to enjoy the golf course. It’s a really good test.

In case you didn’t know, the Sunshine Big Easy Tour presented by my good friends at Stonehage was launched last year and the idea is it gives a wider cross section of young professionals the opportunity to play more competitive golf. I really commend the Sunshine Tour on this initiative and of course I am honored that they put my name to the tour. It’s a great format and I’m sure it will continue to go from strength to strength, helping develop our nation’s young golfing talent and giving them a stepping stone towards full Tour status.

If you’re interested we’ve got full coverage of the tournament elsewhere on this website; just click here.

Okay, that’s it for now.

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