Looking at the career of Ernie Els, you’d be forgiven for thinking he’d be headed for the Senior Tour sometime soon. He seems to have been around forever. You might be surprised, therefore, to find that “the Big Easy,” at the age of 43, is in fact the same age as Phil Mickelson.
Both Els and Mickelson are chasing their fifth major victory, something that both came close to at last weekend’s U.S. Open, and it would be no surprise if either managed to add to their tally at either the British Open or the U.S. PGA Championship.
As much as golf needs the new kids on the block, it refreshing to see the old guard challenge in a modern era that is all too weighed down with psychology and fitness. Sure, they are both students of golf psychology, but as much as they do look after themselves, you’d do well to find a protruding ab.
Els’ preparation for the upcoming British Open is going incredibly well. Following on from his tied-fourth finish at the U.S. Open, he held off some serious challengers to take the European Tour’s BMW International Open in Munich yesterday.
A stunning first-round 63 put Els immediately in the driving seat. He followed that with three consecutive 69’s to see off fellow European Tour veteran Thomas Bjorn by one shot. In doing so, Els notched up his 68th victory as a professional – a remarkable tally – and re-enters the top 15 in the World Golf Rankings.
Els is now firmly on the radar for next month’s British Open, where he may well add his fifth major victory.