Thursday, August 10, 2006

Title-hungry Els puts in extra practice

By Tarryn Le Chat

According to the Cape Times, South African Ernie Els is hungry for his first victory of the year. He has given himself extra time to prepare for the International starting at the Castle Pines Golf Club today.

The world number 7, who has not played competitive golf since finishing third at last month's British Open, arrived at the picturesque Colorado course as early as last weekend.

Els, 36, has not hit top form this season after being sidelined for four months at the end of last year following a knee surgery. He twisted his left knee on a family sailing holiday a week after the 2005 British Open and has visited the winner's circle only once since then.

The popular South African faces a strong field at Castle Pines, with many top players reparing for the final major of the year, the US PGA Championship at Medinah next week.

Picture: news.bbc.co.uk

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