Whirlwind week is no problem to Els
July 26, 2012 09:27:35 UK
New Open champion Ernie Els has insisted that a lack of practice will not be a barrier to his bid to win the Canadian Open this weekend.
Els, who is 23.00 to win the tournament, will take his place in the field at Hamilton Golf and Country Club on Thursday seeking back-to-back victories following his dramatic win at Royal Lytham St Annes on Sunday.
I'll be fresh and ready to go tomorrow, so I'll be competing at 100 per cent tomorrow. Ernie Els
The 42-year-old's Open triumph, his fourth Major title, meant that he arrived later than planned in Canada on Tuesday.
Els has managed to get only five practice holes in this week but doesn't believe this will be a problem or hindrance to his challenge.
He told reporters: "I feel very fresh. I've been trying to be just low key about it.
"I haven't prepared on the golf course the way maybe that I wanted to. So I went through the yardage. I saw a couple of holes yesterday. I'll be fresh and ready to go tomorrow, so I'll be competing at 100 per cent tomorrow.
"I don't know if it's such a big disadvantage because a lot of times when you don't play a course, you don't know where the trouble is.
"So maybe that's a good thing. You get your yardage, you hit it to your spots."
The new world number 15 will partner veteran Vijay Singh and Matt Kuchar in his opening two rounds while also joining him in the field will be the likes of Hunter Mahan and Jim Furyk, who are 15.00 and 17.00 respectively to take the title.
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