January 21 2013
Editor's note: Ernie Els is writing a weekly blog for PGATOUR.COM in 2013 and this is his most recent installment. For more information on the World Golf Hall of Famer, visit www.ernieels.com.
Two tournaments in and it’s been a bit of a slow start to my year – tied-18th in Durban and tied-39th in Abu Dhabi at the weekend. Obviously you hope for better, but we’re all trying to shake off a little early season rust and you never quite know how that’s going to work out. I just haven’t quite found my competitive rhythm yet. My scoring is a bit up and down, to be honest.
Abu Dhabi certainly wasn’t the type of golf course where you could get away with making mistakes. It’s a strong test and it’s easy to make some bogeys out there. Overall, though, I’m not displeased. I played some good stuff and I feel comfortable with my swing; I just need to sharpen things up a bit.
Hopefully that will come this week in Doha at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters. It’s been a while since I teed it up here, but I’m excited to be back. The memories are still fresh from my win in 2005. That was the first time I’d played this tournament and it capped a pretty special couple of weeks for me.
We’d won in Dubai the week before, eagling the last hole to beat Miguel (Angel Jimenez), and then here in Doha we made up a big deficit in the final round to shoot 65 and just pip Henrik (Stenson) to make it back-to-back wins in the desert. I remember the wind was really blowing that day, as it often does here, and that kind of suits my game. I won’t mind if it blows again this year.
Wind or no wind, having played well at Doha in previous years I have to like my chances here again. I’d certainly love to get my hands on that wonderful Mother of Pearl Trophy for a second time. That’s my intention.
Anyway, there’s just one more item of interest before I sign off. You may have noticed a new addition to the website homepage this week, a clock by Breitling who I’ve just signed a new partnership with.
I’ve always had a passion for watches and Breitling is an iconic brand that I’ve long admired who creates beautifully crafted and precise timepieces that I know I’m going to enjoy wearing. With my love of flying and Breitling’s affinity with the history of aviation this feels like the perfect partnership, one of genuine shared values. It’s a pleasure to be associated with the company.
Okay, that’s it for now. I’ll write again soon.