Ernie to play in SA Open

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Ernie Els has made a late decision to enter the 100th playing of the SA Open at the Durban Country Club in December.

Ernie Els has made a late decision to enter the 100th playing of the SA Open at the Durban Country Club from December 16 – 19.

Els, a four-time winner of the event, had originally decided against participating due to family commitments.

With South African stars Louis Oosthuizen, Retief Goosen, Tim Clark and Charl Schwartzel already set to take part, the addition of Els adds further excitement to the historic occasion.

“My game is really good and it would be great to end the year on a high note with victory in our national championship, especially since it’s the 100th and a very special one,” said Ernie.

Els, who won his third SA open at the Durban Country Club in 1998, started off the 2010 season well with early victories at the World Golf Championships-CA Championship, the Arnold Palmer Invitational and PGA Grand Slam of Golf, but he is not entirely happy with his game at present.

“On the greens, I haven’t been very good, so I’ve been working hard on my putting,” said Els. “I’ve changed putters in the last week to a putter that I used to use throughout my career, so I’m trying to get some good feelings back.”

Els will play a practice round with Mark McNulty at the Durban Country Club ahead of the running of the world’s second oldest open championship, and is hoping to get a few putting tips in the process.

“Mark’s one of the greatest putters ever – someone you can learn from – and if I can bounce a few things off him, it can only do me some good,” he said.

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