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September 16 2013

4:45 PM

Els blog: Ready for a break

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Ernie Els finished 68th in the FedExCup.

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

It’s disappointing to miss this year’s TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola. It would have been my 17th appearance and as a player obviously you want to be there, but it is what it is. The truth is I never really got myself into a strong position in this year’s FedExCup and in recent weeks it’s been a case of fighting for survival. At the BMW Championship my game just wasn’t as sharp as it needed to be.

Still, I think a week off right now should do me some good. It’s been a busy tournament schedule this year, which is the way we planned it. As defending Open champion it’s important to play around the world and show that beautiful old Claret Jug to as many golf fans as you can – it’s such a positive experience and you want to embrace it and enjoy the whole vibe. I’ve definitely done that, but the batteries might just be running a bit low at the moment, so I’m looking forward to 10 days off and taking it nice and easy.

We’ll be back in action again at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland at the end of this month and then straight after that it’s a quick return to America for the Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village. So there are plenty of great events for me to look forward to and really it’s a case of pushing on from here and trying to play some good stuff through to the end of the season.

Before signing off, I just want to pass along some more great news from the Ernie Els & Fancourt Foundation. Currently all four of South Africa’s major boys’ titles are in the hands of our members. Also, 19-year old Christiaan Bezuidenhout is the No. 1 amateur in South Africa, while on the girls’ side we also have the country’s No. 1-ranked junior golfer, 16-year old Bianca Theron. Congratulations to them and to all our current crop of members who are working so hard on their golf and their education.

That’s it for now. I’ll write again soon.

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