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The Tour Report

September 13 2012

4:00 PM

FedExCup preview: Ernie Els

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The top 30 in FedExCup points are headed to East Lake for the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola. Here’s a look at Ernie Els, one of the 30 players who will contend for the FedExCup title.

SCENARIOS TO WIN FEDEXCUP: For Els to win the FedExCup, he MUST win the TOUR Championship and have the following scenarios fall into place:
> Rory McIlroy (No. 1) finishes in a 3-way tie for 13th or worse
> Tiger Woods (No. 2) finishes in T-5 or worse
> Nick Watney (No. 3) finishes 3-way tie for 3rd or worse
> Phil Mickelson (No. 4) finishes T-3 or worse
> Brandt Snedeker (No. 5) finishes in a 3-way tie for 2nd or worse
> Louis Oosthuizen (No. 6) finishes T-2 or worse
> *Tie for the FedExCup
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SEASON IN REVIEW: Els has rebounded from last year's lackluster season in a big way. In his first nine starts, he had two close calls -- finishing a shot shy of the playoff at the Transitions Championship, then losing one at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Els' crowning achievement, though, was his second British Open title -- and fourth major -- at Royal Lytham. Els started the final round six strokes behind Adam Scott but closed with a 32 and birdied the final hole to become the first male member of the World Golf Hall of Fame to win a major after being inducted. -- Helen Ross

PATH TO TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP: Here’s a look at Els’ results in the first three events of the 2012 FedExCup Playoffs:
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PREVIOUS FEDEXCUP FINISHES: Here is how Els has finished in previous Playoffs appearances:

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EAST LAKE HISTORY: This is Els’s 15th start in THE TOUR Championship, but his first since 2010, when he tied for seventh. Since the FedExCup began in 2007, Els' best finish at East Lake is a tie for sixth in 2008.

ALBERS’ QUICK TAKE: Fred Albers, on-course correspondent for SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio, provides a quick look at Els:
Ernie told me at the Accenture World Match Play Championship: "I'm putting so well right now, I might go back to the conventional putter." I get the feeling he is still enjoying his Open Championship win, and I wonder if he can muster up the concentration for another win. Ernie's been struggling with his wedges and working on turning through the ball better with his hips.

WATCH: Els eagles No. 4 at the Zurich Classic

PLAYER PAGE: Click here for more on Ernie Els

Now it’s your turn. How do you think Els will fare at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola?