Ernie Els will tee up at this week’s Travelers Championship for the first time since 2002 and is looking to get the juices flowing in the buildup to The Open Championship.
The Big Easy finished in a share of 10th place back then and went on to win the Claret Jug a few weeks later, so the memories will surely come flooding back when he tees up this week.
“Moving on to this week’s Travelers Championship, where I’ll be teeing it up for the first time since finishing tied-10th in 2002. It was a different headline sponsor then, but the golf course is the same, TPC River Highlands just outside Hartford in Connecticut,” he said.
“The memories of 2002 are still pretty clear – I enjoyed the golf course and enjoyed even more shooting a 64 in the final round! A few weeks later I went on and won the Open Championship at Muirfield,” he said.
The four-time major champion and was 54th at the US Open last week and is looking to get the season going before he flies across to Europe.
The Old Course at St. Andrews will host this year’s Open Championship, and right now is the time to be peaking. Nobody knows how to shine better than Els, who persevered to victory at the oldest major in 2012.
“It would be great if this year’s Travelers had a similar effect and helped generate a bit of a spark in my game. That’s all that is missing at the moment. Let’s see how we go,” he said.