Ernie Els is looking to make his way into the third leg of the FedEx Cup Playoffs. The Big Easy will need a solid showing this week to qualify for the BMW Championship – and he is well on his way to doing just that after the first round. Els’ opening round scorecard at the Deutsche Bank Championship listed six birdies and just one bogey. That performance was good enough to put him just three shots off of the lead currently held by Phil Mickelson and Brian Davis. Els is tied with 15 of his closest friends for seventh place heading into the second round.
Having come to TPC Boston ranked 91st in the FedEx Cup standings, Els knows that he needs to play well this week in order to crack the top 70 and make it to the next playoff event. As it stands right now, Els would move to 66th based upon his current standing. Unfortunately for the South African there are still 54 holes left to play before the qualifiers for next week’s event are decided – and a whole lot can happen over the course of three rounds of golf on the PGA Tour.
Last year’s British Open champion has had far from his best year as a professional golfer. In 17 events on the Tour this year, Els has managed only six top 25 finishes and only one top 10. The only thing that matters, however, is that he is still alive in the playoffs and that he has put himself in a position to succeed. If he continues to play well, we will be seeing him again next week. He just has to keep it together for another 54 holes.