Category: Ernie Els


September 04, 2012

SI Golf Ranking: McIlroy unanimous No. 1

Posted at 1:33 PM by Golf.com

Each week, 13 staffers from SI Golf+, Golf Magazine and GOLF.com  SI-Golf-RANKINGvote for  their top 10, awarding 10 points to their first choice and proceeding in descending order to the 10th player, who gets one point. The points are then added and the ranking calculated. This ranking aims to be an of-the-moment measure of who’s playing the best right now. Tell us your top 10 in the comments field below.

RANK (TOTAL VOTES, FIRST PLACE VOTES, LAST WEEK'S RANK)

1. Rory McIlroy (130, 13, 1) - Last three finishes: 1, Deutsche Bank Championship; T24, The Barclays; 1, PGA Championship
-Official World Golf Ranking: 1

2. Tiger Woods (114, 0, 2) - Last three finishes: 3, Deutsche Bank Championship; T38, The Barclays; T11, PGA Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 3

3. Jason Dufner (87, 0, 3) - Last three finishes: T18, Deutsche Bank Championship; T7, Wyndham Championship; T27, PGA Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 7

4. Keegan Bradley (64, 0, 5) - Last three finishes: T13, Deutsche Bank Championship; MC, The Barclays; T3, PGA Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 12

5. Sergio Garcia (49, 0, 4) - Last three finishes: T3, The Barclays; 1, Wyndham Championship; MC, PGA Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 17

6. Ernie Els (46, 0, 6) - Last three finishes: T26, Deutsche Bank Championship; T54, The Barclays; T48, PGA Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 21

7. Nick Watney (35, 0, 7) - Last three finishes: T20, Deutsche Bank Championship; 1, The Barclays; T31, Wyndham Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking : 20

8. Luke Donald (31, 0, T8) - Last three finishes: T26, Deutsche Bank Championship; T10, The Barclays; T32, PGA Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 2

9. Louis Oosthuizen (28, 0, NR) - Last three finishes: 2, Deutsche Bank Championship; T5, The Barclays; T21, PGA Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 11

10. Webb Simpson (26, 0, 10) - Last three finishes: T18, Deutsche Bank Championship; MC, The Barclays, T22, Wyndham Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 5

Others receiving votes:
Graeme McDowell (23)
Bubba Watson (18)
Adam Scott (14)
Dustin Johnson (13)
Brandt Snedeker (13)
Lee Westwood (10)
Zach Johnson (5)
Matt Kuchar (4)
Steve Stricker (4)
Jim Furyk (1)

August 28, 2012

SI Golf Ranking: Garcia, Watney enter Top 10

Posted at 9:15 AM by Golf.com

Each week, 13 staffers from SI Golf+, Golf Magazine and GOLF.com  SI-Golf-RANKINGvote for  their top 10, awarding 10 points to their first choice and proceeding in descending order to the 10th player, who gets one point. The points are then added and the ranking calculated. This ranking aims to be an of-the-moment measure of who’s playing the best right now. Tell us your top 10 in the comments field below.

RANK (TOTAL VOTES, FIRST PLACE VOTES, LAST WEEK'S RANK)

1. Rory McIlroy (129, 12, 1) - Last three finishes: T24, The Barclays; 1, PGA Championship; T5, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational
-Official World Golf Ranking: 1

2. Tiger Woods (102, 1, 2) - Last three finishes: T38, The Barclays; T11, PGA Championship; T8, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational
- Official World Golf Ranking: 3

3. Jason Dufner (80, 0, 4) - Last three finishes: T7, Wyndham Championship; T27, PGA Championship; 7, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational
- Official World Golf Ranking: 7

4. Sergio Garcia (65, 0, NR) - Last three finishes: T3, The Barclays; 1, Wyndham Championship; MC, PGA Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 14

5. Keegan Bradley (63, 0, 3) - Last three finishes: MC, The Barclays; T3, PGA Championship; 1, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational
- Official World Golf Ranking: 12

6. Ernie Els (54, 0, 5) - Last three finishes: T54, The Barclays; T48, PGA Championship; T45, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational
- Official World Golf Ranking: 21

7. Nick Watney (43, 0, NR) - Last three finishes: 1, The Barclays; T31, Wyndham Championship; MC, PGA Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking : 19

T8. Luke Donald (37, 0, 9) - Last three finishes: T10, The Barclays; T32, PGA Championship; T8, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational
- Official World Golf Ranking: 2

T8. Graeme McDowell (37, 0, 6) - Last three finishes: MC, The Barclays, T11, PGA Championship; T24, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational
- Official World Golf Ranking: 13

10. Webb Simpson (27, 0, 7) - Last three finishes: MC, The Barclays, T22, Wyndham Championship; MC, PGA Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 5

Others receiving votes:
Bubba Watson (22)
Lee Westwood (15)
Adam Scott (13)
Zach Johnson (10)
Brandt Snedeker (6)
Dustin Johnson (5)
Matt Kuchar (3)
Steve Stricker (2)
Paul Lawrie (1)
Louis Oosthuizen (1)

August 21, 2012

SI Golf Ranking: McIlroy holds top spot, Garcia fails to make Top 10

Posted at 5:48 PM by Golf.com

Each week, 13 staffers from SI Golf+, Golf Magazine and GOLF.com  SI-Golf-RANKINGvote for  their top 10, awarding 10 points to their first choice and proceeding in descending order to the 10th player, who gets one point. The points are then added and the ranking calculated. This ranking aims to be an of-the-moment measure of who’s playing the best right now. Tell us your top 10 in the comments field below.

RANK (TOTAL VOTES, FIRST PLACE VOTES, LAST WEEK'S RANK)

1. Rory McIlroy (129, 12, 1) - Last three finishes: 1, PGA Championship; T5, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational; T60, British Open
-Official World Golf Ranking: 1

2. Tiger Woods (103, 1, 2) - Last three finishes: T11, PGA Championship; T8, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational; T3, British Open
- Official World Golf Ranking: 3

3. Keegan Bradley (74, 0, 3) - Last three finishes: T3, PGA Championship; 1, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational; T34, British Open
- Official World Golf Ranking: 12

4. Jason Dufner (72, 0, 5) - Last three finishes: T7, Wyndham Championship; T27, PGA Championship; 7, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational
- Official World Golf Ranking: 9

5. Ernie Els (68, 0, 4) - Last three finishes: T48, PGA Championship; T45, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational; MC, RBC Canadian Open
- Official World Golf Ranking: 18

6. Graeme McDowell (55, 0, 6) - Last three finishes: T11, PGA Championship; T24, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational; T5, British Open
- Official World Golf Ranking: 13

7. Webb Simpson (47, 0, 8) - Last three finishes: T22, Wyndham Championship; MC, PGA Championship; T7, The Greenbrier Classic
- Official World Golf Ranking: 5

8. Adam Scott (44, 0, 7) - Last three finishes: T11, PGA Championship; T45, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational; 2, British Open
- Official World Golf Ranking: 6

9. Luke Donald (27, 0, NR) - Last three finishes: T32, PGA Championship; T8, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational; T5, British Open
- Official World Golf Ranking: 2

10. Bubba Watson (24, 0, 10) - Last three finishes: T11, PGA Championship; T19, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational; T23, British Open
- Official World Golf Ranking: 7

Others receiving votes:
Zach Johnson (23)
Sergio Garcia (11)
Justin Rose (11)
Steve Stricker (10)
Lee Westwood (9)
Matt Kuchar (2)
Louis Oosthuizen (2)
Ian Poulter (2)
Jim Furyk (1)

August 14, 2012

SI Golf Ranking: Rory vaults to No. 1, Tiger No. 2

Posted at 11:04 AM by Golf.com

Each week, 13 staffers from SI Golf+, Golf Magazine and GOLF.com  SI-Golf-RANKINGvote for  their top 10, awarding 10 points to their first choice and proceeding in descending order to the 10th player, who gets one point. The points are then added and the ranking calculated. This ranking aims to be an of-the-moment measure of who’s playing the best right now. Tell us your top 10 in the comments field below.

RANK (TOTAL VOTES, FIRST PLACE VOTES, LAST WEEK'S RANK)

1. Rory McIlroy (129, 12, T10) - Last three finishes: 1, PGA Championship; T5, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational; T60, British Open
-Official World Golf Ranking: 1

2. Tiger Woods (103, 1, 1) - Last three finishes: T11, PGA Championship; T8, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational; T3, British Open
- Official World Golf Ranking: 3

3. Keegan Bradley (85, 0, 8) - Last three finishes: T3, PGA Championship; 1, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational; T34, British Open
- Official World Golf Ranking: 12

4. Ernie Els (71, 3, 2) - Last three finishes: T48, PGA Championship; T45, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational; MC, RBC Canadian Open
- Official World Golf Ranking: 17

5. Jason Dufner (69, 0, 3) - Last three finishes: T27, PGA Championship; 7, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational; T31, British Open
- Official World Golf Ranking: 9

6. Graeme McDowell (51, 0, 6) - Last three finishes: T11, PGA Championship; T24, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational; T5, British Open
- Official World Golf Ranking: 13

7. Adam Scott (46, 0, 9) - Last three finishes: T11, PGA Championship; T45, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational; 2, British Open
- Official World Golf Ranking: 6

8. Webb Simpson (41, 1, 4) - Last three finishes: MC, PGA Championship; T7, The Greenbrier Classic; T29, Travelers Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 5

9. Zach Johnson (25, 0, 7) -  Last three finishes: 70, PGA Championship; T40, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational; T9, British Open
- Official World Golf Ranking: 14

10. Bubba Watson (24, 0, NR) - Last three finishes: T11, PGA Championship; T19, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational; T23, British Open
- Official World Golf Ranking: 8

 

Others receiving votes:
Luke Donald (22)
Justin Rose (17)
Lee Westwood (12)
Steve Stricker (10)
Jim Furyk (5)
Matt Kuchar (3)
Ian Poulter (2)

August 08, 2012

Press Confrence Highlights: Ernie Els, Adam Scott and Rory McIlroy

Posted at 5:29 PM by Mark Dee

The big takeaways from Wednesday's press conferences at the PGA Championship? The course is long, paspalum is true, and it's as hard as ever to win a major. Here are some highlights from the day's pressers:

ERNIE ELS
Fresh off his with at The Open, Els talked about his new-found calm, his relationship with Adam Scott, and what sort of player has the advantage at a rain-soaked Kiawah.

Q. How would you describe the way you felt, your emotions, whatever, since playing the back nine at Olympic Club, and if it was calm, where did that come from?
Els: I think just being more secure of what you're doing and basically my routine was really good. You know, and I feel whenever you have a good routine, the pre-shot routine into your golf shots, and you're clear in your mind of what you want to do, there's not too many things flying around in your head. I was just more secure of what I wanted to do. And I think that obviously started at the U.S. Open, I felt that, and obviously it was a lot better at The Open.

Q. Do you feel you have had and will have the level of credit for winning The Open this year, or do you think what happened with Adam could become a dominant story in some ways, and that would be unfortunate?
Els: I think you're going to remember what Adam did. There's no two ways about it. And then hopefully people remember the putts that I made, because I still shot 32 on the back nine to give Adam something to think about. You know, I think for the short term, probably they are going to think about Adam's mistakes that he made, and I think long term, eventually my name is going to stay on the Jug (chuckling).

Q. Along those lines, I know you spoke with Adam Sunday at Lytham; have you spoken at all with him since then?
Els:
Yes, we have. We've spoken. We stayed in the same hotel last week and saw him a couple of times. I'm actually playing nine holes with him this afternoon. So as I say, I've known Adam since he's come out here ten years ago, and we have got a pretty good, close relationship. He's a good friend of the family and of mine. You know, if he needs any help to win a major, I'll definitely give it to him; if he needs any encouragement, I'll give it to him. He's a great friend.

Q. Does anybody who cannot hit the ball 300 not have a chance in this thing because of the softness in the fairways?
Els:
Yeah, I mean, everybody's got a chance in the field, but I think it definitely helps the super long bombers, Bubba, Dustin, Tiger, the real long guys that can fly it 320. Those guys can reach all four par 5s now, where I can hit it 300, but I can't fly it 320. So I'm probably going to lay up on all of the par 5s. Doesn't take me out of the tournament, but you know, it definitely gives those real super long bombers a great advantage around this golf course now. There's no run out there. It's just plugging where it is.

 

ADAM SCOTT
Scott, who came up on the losing end of Els's Open, spoke about the course, lessons learned, and how good it feels to get another shot at a major.

Q. From what you've seen so far, perspective on The Ocean Course?
Scott:
I've had three pretty good looks at it, twice last week and then I played Monday morning this week. I feel like I'm getting a fairly good understanding of the golf course. It's obviously very long and very severe if you're off line. It's going to test every aspect of your game. But certainly, I believe there's no secret recipe to it. If you can hit some fairways and greens, you're going to give yourself a chance to score well. Start with a focus on ball-striking and work on it from there

Q. Can you talk a little bit about your strategy playing when the wind is very high? At Lytham, you did very well in the wind, I noticed you didn't hit it particularly lower than usual it seemed to me. How do you approach playing in the wind?
Scott:
Well, it's different at Lytham than, say, playing here. Obviously the ball runs a lot on a links course and there's often an entryway into a green on the ground there.So if you can control your ball flight low, you can keep the ball out of the wind and have it not as affected, and I was swinging well and had everything under control. I drove the ball great. I teed it very low and just hit very low, hot runners off the tee and they were going straight all week. I was at a huge advantage, because I was hitting a lot of drivers out there and playing somewhat aggressively I guess.

But probably a different story here if the wind gets up, because you're still going to have to hit the ball in the air. There are a lot of forced carries off tees and there are some forced carries into greens, so there's no option of running the ball along the ground up on to the greens. You just have to really have to stand up there and hit a great shot. And it's kind of an educated guess on how much the wind will affect your shot. If you hit the shot well, you'll have a good idea how much it affects it, but if you mis-strike it, it's up to Mother Nature to determine where your ball is going to finish.

Q. You put on a clinic through three rounds at Lytham last month; if you find yourself in the same position here on Sunday, are you worried about some of those feelings creeping back, some of those emotions that maybe you were feeling on the back nine there at Lytham?
Scott:
I don't think I'd be worried about it. It may or may not happen. You know, if I was in that position again, I'd feel like I'm playing pretty good. So at that point, I'd be quite confident.

But, the couple of things that I took out of it, hopefully put into practice at that point and not let that happen again. It's certainly not something you'd like to make a habit of, and I never have; I've generally been a good closer of golf tournaments in my career. You know, I'd like-- if I was in that position, I'd like to turn it around this time and close the golf tournament out.

 

RORY MCILROY
McIlroy rated his season, gushed over the conditions, and even took a stab at the spelling bee.

Q.Comment on what you've seen so far from practicing and preparing on the course for this championship. McIlroy: Yeah, it's a long golf course, a big golf course. It's a golf course you not only have to hit it well, but you really have to think about what you're doing out there. You know, you really have to pick your spots where you want to hit it, and obviously with the weather the way it's been this week, that's going to play a pretty big factor, too.

But you know, I like what I see. I think the course is in phenomenal shape. I love the greens. I love the paspalum. I think the ball rolls really, really well. So I'm looking forward to the week.

Q. There's been a lot of talk about the paspalum greens. I wonder if you could tell us at what stage in your life you first heard that word, if you can spell it for us, and your general thoughts.
McIlroy:
P-a-s-p-a-l-u-m, and the Bear's Club actually have paspalum. We practice on paspalum all the time; me, Luke, Keegan, Dustin. It's something we are quite used to and something I was talking to Luke about yesterday, something that the guys that are members of the Bear's Club might have an advantage because we are used to how it reacts and we practice on that stuff on our off-weeks, so it's actually quite nice.

It's very spiny. When you see guys chipping off of greens and hitting wedge shots, it bites a lot. Even as I said earlier, when the greens are firm, just this certain type of grass, it just really grabs the ball. So you can be aggressive with your chip shots and definitely aggressive with your wedge shots, too.

Q. How would you rate your year to date, and what are you pleased with and what are you disappointed with?
McIlroy:
It's been good. You know, there was a few goals I set myself early at the start of the year, which I achieved; getting to No. 1 in the world, and playing well, winning a tournament early.

And then the second half of the season has been-- it's still been pretty good. It's been a little bit more of a struggle. But you know, I feel like I'm playing pretty well, so, I mean, if I had to give my season a grade to this point, I'd probably give it a B. There's still a lot of golf left to play, but very happy with some of the golf that I've played this year. You know, I've still got a lot of good golf to look forward to.

August 07, 2012

SI Golf Ranking: Tiger still No. 1, Bradley rises to No. 8

Posted at 12:14 PM by Golf.com

Each week, 13 staffers from SI Golf+, Golf Magazine and GOLF.com  SI-Golf-RANKINGvote for  their top 10, awarding 10 points to their first choice and proceeding in descending order to the 10th player, who gets one point. The points are then added and the ranking calculated. This ranking aims to be an of-the-moment measure of who’s playing the best right now. Tell us your top 10 in the comments field below.

RANK (TOTAL VOTES, FIRST PLACE VOTES, LAST WEEK'S RANK)

1. Tiger Woods (114, 7, 1) - Last three finishes: T8, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational; T3, British Open; MC, The Greenbrier Classic
- Official World Golf Ranking: 2

2. Ernie Els (97, 3, 2) - Last three finishes: T45, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational; MC, RBC Canadian Open; 1, British Open
- Official World Golf Ranking: 17

3. Jason Dufner (76, 0, 6) - Last three finishes: 7, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational; T31, British Open; T4, U.S. Open Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 8

4. Webb Simpson (71, 1, 3) - Last three finishes: T7, The Greenbrier Classic; T29, Travelers Championship; 1, U.S. Open Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 5

5. Luke Donald (65, 1, 4) - Last three finishes: T8, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational; T5, British Open; T16, Scottish Open
- Official World Golf Ranking: 1

6. Graeme McDowell (53, 0, 5) - Last three finishes: T24, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational; T5, British Open; T17, ALSTOM Open de France
- Official World Golf Ranking: 12

7. Zach Johnson (48, 0, 7) -  Last three finishes: T40, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational; T9, British Open; 1, John Deere Classic
- Official World Golf Ranking: 13

8. Keegan Bradley (37, 0, NR) - Last three finishes: 1, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational; T34, British Open; T46, The Greenbrier Classic
- Official World Golf Ranking: 15

9. Adam Scott (26, 0, 8) - Last three finishes: T45, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational; 2, British Open; 3, AT&T National
- Official World Golf Ranking: 7

T10. Rory McIlroy (19, 0, NR) - Last three finishes: T5, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational; T60, British Open; T10, Irish Open
-Official World Golf Ranking: 3

T10. Lee Westwood (19, 0, 9) - Last three finishes: 70, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational; T45, British Open; T40, ALSTOM Open de France
- Official World Golf Ranking: 4

 

Others receiving votes:
Matt Kuchar (17)
Jim Furyk (1, 16)
Louis Oosthuizen (16)
Hunter Mahan (11)
Bubba Watson (11)
Dustin Johnson (6)
Brandt Snedeker (6)
Justin Rose (4)
Fred Couples (4)
Geoff Ogilvy (1)
Steve Stricker (1)

July 31, 2012

SI Golf Ranking: Tiger still No. 1, Els No. 2

Posted at 12:42 PM by Golf.com

Each week, 14 staffers from SI Golf+, Golf Magazine and GOLF.com  SI-Golf-RANKINGvote for  their top 10, awarding 10 points to their first choice and proceeding in descending order to the 10th player, who gets one point. The points are then added and the ranking calculated. This ranking aims to be an of-the-moment measure of who’s playing the best right now. Tell us your top 10 in the comments field below.

RANK (TOTAL VOTES, FIRST PLACE VOTES, LAST WEEK'S RANK)

1. Tiger Woods (126, 8, 1) - Last three finishes: T3, British Open; MC, The Greenbrier Classic; 1, AT&T National
- Official World Golf Ranking: 2

2. Ernie Els (104, 4, 2) - Last three finishes: MC, RBC Canadian Open; 1, British Open; T52, Scottish Open
- Official World Golf Ranking: 15

3. Webb Simpson (99, 2, 3) - Last three finishes: T7, The Greenbrier Classic; T29, Travelers Championship; 1, U.S. Open Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 5

4. Luke Donald (75, 0, 5) - Last three finishes: T5, British Open; T16, Scottish Open; MC, U.S. Open Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 1

5. Graeme McDowell (70, 0, 6) - Last three finishes: T5, British Open; T17, ALSTOM Open de France; T16, Irish Open
- Official World Golf Ranking: 11

6. Jason Dufner (68, 0, 4) - Last three finishes: T31, British Open; T4, U.S. Open Championship; 2, Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial
- Official World Golf Ranking: 8

7. Zach Johnson (59, 0, 7) -  Last three finishes: T9, British Open; 1, John Deere Classic; T64, Travelers Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 12

8. Adam Scott (40, 0, 8) - Last three finishes: 2, British Open; 3, AT&T National; T15, U.S. Open Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 6

9. Lee Westwood (32, 0, 9) - Last three finishes: T45, British Open; T40, ALSTOM Open de France; T10, U.S. Open Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 4

10.  Bubba Watson (24, 0, NR) - Last three finishes: T23, British Open; T2, Travelers Championship; MC, U.S. Open Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 7

 

Others receiving votes:
Matt Kuchar (19)
Hunter Mahan (16)
Rory McIlroy (15)
Dustin Johnson (9)
Brandt Snedeker (6)
Fred Couples (2)
Louis Oosthuizen (2)
Rickie Fowler (1)
Padraig Harrington (1)
Geoff Ogilvy (1)

July 25, 2012

Is Ernie Els's sobriety part of his improved form?

Posted at 3:41 PM by Michael Rosengart

Could being on the wagon have been a factor in Ernie Els's British Open win?

David Facey of The Sun gives fascinating insight on the new Ernie from his caddie, Ricci Roberts:

“We were having dinner one night a couple of months ago when Ernie suddenly announced: ‘I’m not going to bother having a glass of wine tonight.’

“He said: ‘In fact I may not have a drink for a while — even if I never have another party night for the rest of my life, I still think I’ll be well ahead of the game.’

“And I haven’t seen him touch a drop since.

“Even when he was handed a glass of champagne after he won the Open, I didn’t see him take a single sip.

“I know he said he wants to meet Nelson Mandela again to share a drink from the claret jug, but there’s a good chance it might be filled with Diet Coke!

“I’m not saying the big man has gone soft — just that he’s become a little more sensible than the rest of us."

Coach Claude Harmon had this to say about Els's revived dedication to the game:

“No one seems to appreciate how hard Ernie has been working.

“When you consider he has a private jet — or will have again soon — all the money he could need, a son with autism and a family he adores, it would be easy to for him to walk away into the sunset.

“But the drive and the desire are as great as ever.

“He took a lot of encouragement from playing himself into contention at last month’s US Open, and that put him in great heart for Lytham. This won’t be Ernie’s last Major win, I’m sure of that.”

Related photos: SI's best from the 2012 British Open | See Els's Callaway clubs

July 24, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Els planning to play Canadian Open this week

Posted at 12:07 PM by Michael Rosengart

To most of us, Ernie Els’ Open Championship acceptance speech seemed innocent enough. But, as the Toronto Sun’s Ken Fidlin reports, a little joke set off a minor panic for some up in Canada:

"I'm going to try and come and see you this evening," [Els] said. "I'm supposed to go to Canada but I think I'm going to blow that thing off."

Turns out "that thing" was not the Canadian Open, per se, just the Pro-Am tournament he was supposed to play in Monday morning at HGCC. Els was to have been on the Canadian Open charter aircraft along with some 40-50 other players and their families Sunday evening. Els' obligations as the British Open champion would have delayed the charter for hours, so he sent them on their way and will make his way to Ancaster Tuesday.

. . .

When Els made his offhand comment about "blowing that thing off" [RBC Canadian Open tournament director Bill] Paul quickly got on the phone and soon realized that he was, in truth, going to blow off a little steam and celebrate with family and friends Sunday night but would honour his tournament commitment in Canada.

Fidlin also reports that U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson will take the week off as his wife is still expecting their second child.

Another agenda item for R&A

Yesterday we learned that Andres Romero had Manchester City soccer star Carlos Tevez on the bag for his final round. While plenty of Mancunians in attendance were thrilled to see their prized forward up close, don’t count R&A championship committee chairman Jim McArthur as one of them says Reuters’ Tony Jimenez:

 "I think we may need to look at this particular case," R&A championship committee chairman Jim McArthur told reporters on Monday.

"The strange thing for me was he never put the bag down so when he was standing on the green he was carrying the bag all over the place. It's just absolute madness.”

We don’t even want to imagine what he might have said had Tevez, apparently a golfing novice, actually laid the bag down on the green.

Condi hits the links

While Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is sweating over who to tap as his running mate, one of the presumed short-listers Condoleezza Rice was taking it easy with some friends at the Whistler Golf Club. According to the Vancouver Sun, the former U.S. Secretary of State dropped in without as much pomp as the course’s Director of Golf Alan Kristmanson would have anticipated:

I expected the snipers in the trees, close the course, the whole thing," Kristmanson joked. "But she rolled in with some friends, said they were having a girls' golf week and she was great. They went out and played a few holes, it started pouring rain and she said, 'you know what, I'm just going to shop' and they are coming back tomorrow. She was awesome."

Just don’t ask about her meetings with Gadhafi!

Sergio, D.J. hit balls into Thames:

Because the only thing missing form the Olympics is sponsorship overload:

 

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SI Golf Ranking: Els wins British Open; Woods still in No. 1 spot

Posted at 11:11 AM by Golf.com

Each week, 14 staffers from SI Golf+, Golf Magazine and GOLF.com  SI-Golf-RANKINGvote for  their top 10, awarding 10 points to their first choice and proceeding in descending order to the 10th player, who gets one point. The points are then added and the ranking calculated. This ranking aims to be an of-the-moment measure of who’s playing the best right now. Tell us your top 10 in the comments field below.

RANK (TOTAL VOTES, FIRST PLACE VOTES, LAST WEEK'S RANK)

1. Tiger Woods (118, 8, 1) - Last three finishes: T3, British Open; MC, The Greenbrier Classic; 1, AT&T National
- Official World Golf Ranking: 2

2. Ernie Els (110, 5, NR) - Last three finishes: 1, British Open; T52, Scottish Open; 9 U.S. Open Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 15

3. Webb Simpson (91, 1, 2) - Last three finishes: T7, The Greenbrier Classic; T29, Travelers Championship; 1, U.S. Open Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 5

4. Jason Dufner (86, 0, 3) - Last three finishes: T31, British Open; T4, U.S. Open Championship; 2, Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial
- Official World Golf Ranking: 8

5. Luke Donald (69, 0, 6) - Last three finishes: T5, British Open; T16, Scottish Open; MC, U.S. Open
- Official World Golf Ranking: 1

6. Graeme McDowell (64, 0, NR) - Last three finishes: T5, British Open; T17, ALSTOM Open de France; T16, Irish Open
- Official World Golf Ranking: 11

7. Zach Johnson (48, 0, 5) -  Last three finishes: T9, British Open; 1, John Deere Classic; T64, Travelers Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 12

8. Adam Scott (39, 0, NR) - 2, British Open; 3, AT&T National; T15, U.S. Open Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 6

9. Lee Westwood (30, 0, 4) - Last three finishes: T45, British Open; T40, ALSTOM Open de France; T10, U.S. Open
- Official World Golf Ranking: 4

10. Matt Kuchar (23, 0, 8) - Last three finishes: T9, British Open; T8, Travelers Championship; T27, U.S. Open
-Official World Golf Ranking: 9

 

Others receiving votes:
Hunter Mahan (17)
Bubba Watson (17)
Rory McIlroy (15)
Dustin Johnson (14)
Y.E. Yang (9)
Rickie Fowler (7)
Brandt Snedeker (6)
Louis Oosthuizen (4)
Fred Couples (1)
Padraig Harrington (1)
Geoff Ogilvy (1)






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