Ernie Els will be looking to start his 2011 PGA Tour campaign the same way he ended his 2010 season Â thatÂs with a victory.
And he is not wasting much time as he heads to Hawaii for the season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions just two weeks after his fifth SA Open Championship crown which he won at the 100th playing of the event.
The prospect of returning to the Plantations course at the Kapalua Resort will be an exciting one for Els after he missed out playing there last year due to the field only including PGA Tour champions from the previous year.
But after back-to-back victories at the WGC CA Championships and the Arnold Palmer Invitational early in 2010, then backing those up with his wins at the PGA Grand Slam of Golf and the SA Open, Els will be itching to add another victory to his growing tally of over 65 wins worldwide.
Els did win this event at Kapalua in 2003 when he destroyed the field by eight shots, ending on record-breaking 31-under par for the four rounds. He is certainly still capable of recording scores like this considering he finished the SA Open on 25-under par with the event reduced to 70 holes.
Tim Clark will be the only other South African in the field after his breakthrough victory on the PGA Tour coming at the 2010 Players Championship. This will obviously be the first time Clark will walk the fairways at Kapalua in a tournament and he will also be champing at the bit to get a second victory under his belt.
Other South Africans who will be plying their trades on the PGA Tour this year include stalwarts Retief Goosen, Rory Sabbatini, and Trevor Immelman. They will also be joined by Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel as they look to extend their winning performances across the Atlantic Ocean.