Ernie Els has spoken of his excitement about the South African stars who have responded to the evident ‘Boys are Back’ topic of the 107th participating in of the South African Open, which he has gained five periods.
This week’s discipline at Glendower CC consists of four of South Africa’s Key winners in Els, Retief Goosen, Trevor Immelman, and Charl Schwartzel, who each have their personal storied heritage with the SA Open.
At the same time, the likes of Branden Grace, 2016 champion Brandon Stone, Dylan Frittelli, Dean Burmester, Haydn Porteous, George Coetzee, Thomas Aiken, and Erik van Rooyen will be wanting to demonstrate the followers that the ‘new brigade’ can engage in as well.
“We have a excellent discipline this 7 days. I am energized to see a whole lot of the South Africans in this article. There are so numerous of them knocking on the doorway of undertaking excellent points,” Els mentioned in a statement.
“There are youthful players in this article on the brink of becoming excellent players, and winning the BMW SA Open could be a really excellent stepping stone for them.”
That staying mentioned, the 48-year-previous is as energized about the prospect of ‘bringing back again some of the previous magic’ when it comes to his personal game this 7 days in the City of Ekurhuleni.
He extra: “Very last year was a humorous year with my daughter Samantha going to school and a few of accidents that I had. But I sense healthier and I want to engage in some golf, primarily in front of my household crowd.
“I’ve also acquired some new tools I am performing with. Hopefully I can get some of the previous magic back again and have a great 7 days.”
From his initial South African Open title as a 22-year-previous in 1992 to his previous in 2010 (the 100th version), Els has specific passion for his household Open, stating: “I am fortuitous to have gained this five periods and it’s been incredible every single one time.
“I have so numerous excellent memories of this event, including participating in with some of the finest golfers in the game. It’s great to be in this article as a 48-year-previous and however competing in my nationwide Open.”
Els’s five wins sites him joint-fifth on the all-time list guiding fellow South African Gary Participant (13), Bobby Locke (9) and Sid Brews (8), and degree with Scottish player George Fotheringham.
Offering back again to his group is a important precedence for the veteran this 7 days, by way of his Els for Autism organisation, which is in emphasis since his son Ben (15) lives with the dysfunction.
The Large Straightforward mentioned: “We are undertaking a whole lot of do the job in the US and South Africa, and all of the proceeds from this week’s event go toward Els for Autism. It’s a fantastic way to give back again. We are serving to a whole lot of little ones and are transferring ahead with some fascinating points.”