Tag:Ernie Els
Posted on: February 22, 2012 6:27 pm
Edited on: February 23, 2012 10:19 am

The biggest surprises on Wednesday at Accenture

Luke Donald takes a drop during his match against Ernie Els. (Getty Images)

By Shane Bacon

Unlike March Madness, the Accenture Match Play is easily the biggest toss up in sports. Rankings? They’re meaningless, and anything can happen. That said, we give you our five biggest upsets of the first round of play. 

Ernie Els defeats Luke Donald -- It wasn’t that Donald was a top seed and Els came in the rugged vet holding a 16 seed, but it was a guy most had forgotten about beating the defending champion and world number one in the world! Els played great, and could definitely make a run here after gaining some confidence by smoking past Donald 5 and 4. 

Miguel Angel-Jimenez defeats Sergio Garcia -- Most thought Sergio, coming off a final round 64 at Riviera to tower up the leaderboard, would be a good pick to possibly upset Rory McIlroy in their side of the draw, but he couldn’t even get out of the first round, falling to his fellow Spaniard. The bright side of things? At least his blue shoes looked good.

David Toms defeats Rickie Fowler -- No, the seeds weren’t far apart (No. 8 vs. No. 9), but Toms openly admitted he hasn’t spent much time on his golf game. That didn’t stop him from taking out fan-favorite Fowler 1-up and giving himself a shot at Martin Kaymer in the next round. 

Ryo Ishikawa defeats Bill Haas -- It isn’t easy coming to an event like this after a gutsy win like Haas had last week, but it seemed like he’d roll Ishikawa after being 3-up with five holes to play. Ryo won four of the next five holes and advanced in the one PGA Tour event he seems the most comfortable in. 

Sang-Moon Bae defeats Ian Poulter -- There aren’t a lot of guys you’d call match play specialists, but Poulter is one of them, so to have him fall to such an unknown like Bae is a head-scratcher.

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Posted on: March 28, 2010 6:16 pm

Els delay stops bleeding, starts second guessing

ORLANDO, Fla. -- It might seem like a reprieve, but Ernie Els wasn't sure his nature-imposed timeout on Sunday was a positive development.

Els was cruising toward his second victory in as many starts, this time at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, when a downpour of mistakes and precipitation began.

In short, a five-stroke lead Els had built with six holes remaining had been reduced to two shots when play was suspended for the day because of thunderstorms, just after the 40-year-old had completed the 14th hole.

Els cooled his jets for more than three hours before the round was formally pushed back until Monday at 10 a.m., but whether it was a fortuitous bit of kismet was a matter even he could not decide.

Just when it seemed he was ready to saunter to his second career title at the Bay Hill Club & Lodge, he double-bogeyed the 13th and bogeyed the 14th, allowing Kevin Na to move within two shots. Na's ball was on the 15th green when play was halted.

Thanks to the rain, Els got to hit the reset button at a time when he was leaking oil, but he said the delay also gave him extra time to hammer himself over the mistakes.

"I don't know if there's ever a good time," he said. "What can I say, I was disappointed, you know? It's never the way go go into a break. It is what it is.

"[But] that's what I will be thinking about all night tonight. It won't be a very peaceful night, I don't think. I have to come out tomorrow and get it done somehow."

Els has to maneuver his way through three of the four toughest holes, statistically, for the week. Holes Nos. 15-18 rank second, 18th, fourth and first-toughest on the course.

The mistake that opened the door came at the 13th when he drove into a bunker and chunked a ball out of fluffy sand into a greenside hazard. He missed the green at the par-3 14th and bogeyed.

Els clearly needs to let both mistakes go, but the mistakes seemed to fester instead.

"Obviously I'm not totally at ease with myself right now," he said. "I'm a little angry or disappointed or whatever you want to call it. There's still work out there to be done, and I've got to get it done. I've basically got to go out there and play hard tomorrow morning, as good as I can, basically four holes as good as I can."
The silver lining is that he started the day with a one-shot lead and doubled the margin. But it was hard to see the positives when a five-shot lead had been whittled down so quickly.

"I've got to regroup, basically, and come out firing," he said.

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