August 12 2013
Ernie Els is looking to put it all together at the Wyndham Championship. (Lecka/Getty Images)
By Ernie Els, Special to PGATOUR.COM
Having gone into the week excited about Oak Hill and feeling like I was putting in some good work in the days leading up to the start of the PGA Championship, it’s tough now reflecting on a missed cut in a major. It really doesn’t sit well with me and it never has. There are no excuses, though. It is what it is. We just have to move on and commit 100 percent to playing some good golf for the rest of this season. There’s still a lot to play for.
Starting, of course, with the FedExCup. I’m entered into this week’s Wyndham Championship and that gives me an opportunity to improve my ranking, which currently is 86th. Although that’s comfortable for staying in the top 125 going into the first playoff event, The Barclays, it potentially doesn’t give me much wiggle-room moving on from there into the rest of the playoff series. Teeing it up this week is a sensible move for me.
However, even if you put aside all the FedExCup calculations, I’m very happy to be here. After Oak Hill last week and now Sedgefield, we’re playing back-to-back on Donald Ross golf courses which, let’s face it, can only be a good thing. Actually, Sedgefield is one of the premier private golf clubs in America and has a great history. It hosted the Greater Greensboro Open for more than 50 years and some of the game’s greatest players won that event – legends such as Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Gary Player and Seve Ballesteros.
Last time teeing it up here in 2011 I went out in the first round and shot the lowest round of my year up to that point, a 65, so a repeat of that would be very welcome. It would help generate some positive momentum, which to be honest has been a little lacking these past few months, basically since winning the BMW in Germany. That’s been a disappointing feature of my game. There’s lots of good stuff in there, though. Just got to find a way of getting it all to click together and will obviously be giving it my very best shot come Thursday.
Before signing off, though, I just want to send my congratulations to the 67 young golfers who made it to the final of the Ernie Els Primary Schools Challenge held at Els Club Copperleaf last weekend. I hear it was a great couple of days. A special mention from me goes to the winning team from St Dunstans College (Jayden Schaper, Jordan Burnand, Warwick Purchase and Rylan Rees) and also to the individual champion Wilco Nienaber from Grey College Primary who closed out the tournament with a final round 66. Very impressive stuff!
Okay, that’s it for the time being. You can follow me on Twitter @thebig_easy