“The Big Easy” is firing on all cylinders in Germany at the European Tour’s BMW International Open. Ernie Els carded a three under par 69 to move to 12 under for the event. He currently holds a one shot lead over Matthew Baldwin and Alexander Levy.
Els is keeping things in perspective. While he’s pleased with his play so far, he knows there’s a lot of work still to be done and he must stay on at the top of his game for four rounds. ”There’s so much golf to be played. If you fall out of the lead, if you’re not leading after three rounds, it doesn’t really mean much at all late Sunday,” Els said. ”So you just want to stay in the race and keep trying to go forward.”
The 43 year old South African navigated a roller coaster of a second round. He had six birdies, a bogey and a double bogey in the round. Even still, the three under par 69 was good enough to give him the lead heading into the weekend. His first round was free of blemishes and consisted of seven birdies and an eagle en route to a 63, which was good for nine under par after the first day.
He hasn’t fared all that well on the PGA Tour so far this year. He’s made eight of 11 cuts but only has four top 25 finishes and only one top 10. He seemed to find something last week at the U.S. Open, where he finished in a tie for fourth.
There is a lot of talent lurking around the top of the leaderboard, so Els will have to be sharp over the next 36 holes. Otherwise, someone like Miguel Angel Jimenez, Martin Kaymer or Marcel Siem may take advantage and jump into the lead.