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September 10 2012

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Els blog: Momentum for FedExCup

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Ernie Els says he, like many players, is pleased with the FedExCup Playoffs bring to golf.
Editor’s note: Ernie Els is writing a blog for PGATOUR.COM this year, and this is his most recent installment. For more information on the World Golf Hall of Famer, visit www.ernieels.com. I spoke to Pete Dye during the Pro-am at the BMW and he predicted a low scoring week at Crooked Stick. He should know, seeing as he designed the golf course! Anyway, if you’re going to go deep under par and get in the mix on a week like that you obviously have to play well, but the most important thing is you have to make a whole bunch of putts. I got that first part pretty good, but aside from Saturday’s third round I just didn’t make enough on the greens -- that kind of sums up my week. It was a really good tournament, though. I think the fans at Crooked Stick were amazing and the respect they have for the players was nice to see. It’s fair to say the FedExCup has really gathered some momentum these past couple of years. I think the golf fans appreciate that fact and, to be honest, all the players are grateful to be a part of a series of such very strong tournaments. Of course I’m disappointed to have not made a stronger run at any one of the last three Playoffs events, but I have to balance that with a certain amount of satisfaction at being able to tee it up in the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola in Atlanta next week. I failed to qualify for this tournament last year and believe me that didn’t sit well. Okay, so I probably won’t be winning the FedExCup, but still I’m very much looking forward to going back to East Lake and putting in a strong performance. Obviously winning the British Open -- winning any major, in fact -- makes a good season great. But there’s plenty of golf left to play in 2012 and I’d love to get another victory under my belt. Yeah, that would put a cherry on the icing on the cake! We have a week off now and I’m going to take the opportunity to relax before I get ready for the TOUR Championship. As I said before, it’s been an intense summer of golf and time off has been in pretty short supply. I’m not complaining. It’s been great. But I need to rest up a little bit this week and get myself fresh mentally and physically so I can hopefully play some really good stuff for what’s left of this season. Before I sign off today I just want to take a moment to salute all the athletes, coaches and officials who made the Olympics and Paralympics such a phenomenal success. Man, what an amazing summer of sport. As you know I was extremely proud to be an official ambassador for Team SA, proud to be associated with such an incredible bunch of sports men and women. My message is you have truly inspired us all and I send my congratulations to everyone who competed in London, especially to our medal winners. Thanks go to London and to the British public for being such great hosts. Good luck also to the Brazilian Olympic Committee as they prepare to stage the biggest sporting show on earth in Rio in 2016. Four years always seems a long time to wait, but no doubt it’ll soon fly by. I’m certainly looking forward to Rio with added interest because of course golf is going to be part of the next games. I’ll be 46-years old by then, but I like to think I might still have a realistic shot at representing my country and going for gold. Competition will be tough, as we have a lot of great young players from South Africa, but I can’t think of a greater honour in sport and I’d love to be a part of that. Bye for now.
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