“The last couple of weeks have seen a slight improvement in my scoring pattern. There’s a way to go still but we’re moving in the right direction,” said Ernie Els in his latest entry to his weekly diary.
The Big Easy heads to Valhalla Golf Club this week looking to play four solid rounds of golf. Unlike most players who test their game at regular European Tour events, Els is of the calibre that he needs a major to judge his form.
At 98th in the FedExCup standings Els is almost certain of making the first leg of the playoffs and tee up at The Barclays. The World Golf Hall of Famer is not focusing on points this week, he wants to improve on his recent results, which have been solid.
“Five of my last eight rounds have been in the 60s, giving me a tied-12th finish in Canada and tied-26th at last week’s Bridgestone. Listen, I want to win golf tournaments, but these results show me enough to make me feel optimistic that we can have a better final third of the season,” he said.
The preparations for a major are crucial and getting into the right form at the peak of the season is something Els has become accustomed to in his 25 years as a professional.
“We arrived on Sunday straight from the Bridgestone, which gives me time to pace my preparations and not cram each day. The build-up to these major championships is all about feeling like you can get yourself ready, but at the same time not overdoing it, especially in the hot and humid weather that we’re going to experience this week in Louisville. It’s lovely though. Living in Florida now we’re accustomed to the heat!” he said.
This is the third year that Valhalla Golf Club host’s the final major of the year and Els returns to the Jack Nicklaus-designed track for a third time.
“I love Nicklaus golf courses; Valhalla is always in unbelievable shape and the PGA of America sets it up very nicely. You’ve got to hit it long and drive the ball well, play the game through the air and try to stay out of the juicy rough. It’s a tough test, but if you play well you can really score around here,” he said.