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May 14 2013

12:33 PM

Els blog: 'I'm not quite there yet'

Editor's note: Ernie Els is writing a blog for PGATOUR.COM in 2013 and this is his latest installment. For more information about the World Golf Hall of Famer, visit www.ernieels.com.

I’m genuinely starting to feel good about my game and things are heading in the right direction, but Pete Dye’s Stadium Course has a way of revealing exactly where you’re at and, to be honest, I’m not quite there yet. It’s a tough track, especially playing hard and bouncy as it did last week, and it has its own little quirks. Since my last top-10 back in 2008 I haven’t got to grips with the course at all and this was another disappointing trip here for me.

I’d say this golf course tests every department of your game perhaps more than almost any other that we play on the PGA TOUR aside from majors. You have to drive it well and hit your irons in the correct spots. Above all, though, I think you have to come in here with a lot of confidence and I’m not quite where I need to be. I’ve just got to keep working hard and trust that my game, and the results, will come to me. Something I’ve learnt in my 20-plus years as a TOUR professional is that you’ve got to have patience with this game.

Anyway, we have a week off now. We’ve got a sponsor’s golf day in Orlando this Monday for SAP, which involves golf and a lunch. The rest of this week is free, but I’m going to stay busy. I’ll work on my fitness as I always do whenever we’re here at the house and also make the most of the wonderful Bear’s Club practice facilities. That’s what is so great about living here; the weather is perfect and everything I need is literally on my doorstep.

Then next Monday I’ll head over to London for my next tournament, the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. There’ll be more on that in my next report.

Bye for now.

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