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February 12 2013

1:21 PM

Els blog: Ready for Riviera

Editor's note: Ernie Els is writing a weekly blog for PGATOUR.COM in 2013. This is his most recent installment. For more information on the World Golf Hall of Famer, visit www.ernieels.com

As I said in my previous report, since returning from the ‘Middle East Swing’ I’ve been working hard on my fitness and my golf game here at The Bear’s Club in sunny Florida. Really the only deviation from the program was a day’s filming last Thursday for a new golf instruction App. Everyone is really excited about this product. We shot some great footage and now a team of very talented, creative people is working hard to put it all together for an official launch in the summer. I'll be in a position to let you know much more about this App as we get closer to the release date.

Right now it’s time to focus on the day job and this week’s Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club, which is for me the start of a nice stretch of tournaments leading up to the Masters. I won at Riviera way back at the end of the 1990s, but even if I hadn’t had a victory here then this would still be one of my favorite golf courses on the PGA TOUR. It’s a real classic of its type. The angles they have with the greens, the way the course flows; it’s just fantastic. Riviera also has some of the best bunkering you’ll see anywhere in the world.

We flew in on Monday afternoon and started the week with a photo shoot on Tuesday for one of my sponsors, RBC. Then we’re into the pro-am on Wednesday and obviously the first round tees off on Thursday. As I said before, I’m excited about being back here. It’s not been the best start to my year, to be honest, so let’s see if we can step things up a bit and play some good golf. Not many better places than Riviera to do that!

Anyway, there’s just one final piece of news before signing off. I want to tell you a bit about this year’s Els for Autism Golf Challenge. We’ll have an official announcement very soon, but I can tell you that in our third year we have another really strong schedule of events at some great golf courses. This is the largest charity-driven golf tournament in U.S. history and it all tees off in April. Look out for more details online and see how you and your buddies can participate and maybe win a spot in the Vegas Grand Finale.

Okay that’s it. Bye for now.

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