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April 9, 2015

Ernie Els


ERNIE ELS:  I had 240 to the hole, I flagged the back, I thought I'd take it on.  I did push it a little bit, but I had enough club and it got over the creek and ran up there.
I had a really good look at eagle.  I didn't quite read it right.
15 was a little downwind for us today and I hit a really solid drive.  204 front, 212, and I hit a really good 6‑iron down the hill.  And I got the wind just right again, and about five, six feet.
So making a putt made the shot even more valuable of the so it was a couple of good par 5s here today.

Q.  Congratulations on a great round.  (Inaudible.)
ERNIE ELS:  No, I don't think I've ever shot under 70 in an opening round.  So, yeah, on my first tee shot it was near the media center.  So it wasn't a great start.
And I scrambled to four.  And I made two good birdies on 2 and 3.  And that got me in the right flow.  And I really felt comfortable over the putter and the driver.  The game felt solid today.
There's a lot of golf to be played, but it's a really nice start.

Q.  (Inaudible.)
ERNIE ELS:  Gordon knows what we're working on, and we've been working on a lot of things ‑‑ not too many things, but we've been working hard on the game to get it into a better shape.  It takes a bit more self belief, and I think it's coming through with rounds like this.  We'll keep grinding.

Q.  Is this good momentum going on?
ERNIE ELS:  Yeah, this is wonderful.  To get something under par, under 70, hitting it solidly.  Plenty of golf to be played.  You can't even be dreaming about Sunday yet.  We've got a lot of work yet.  I just want to keep grinding.  There's some improvements I still can make.  I still missed a couple of iron shots here and there, but for the most part just got to stay patient.

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