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February 4, 2016

Ernie Els

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

ERNIE ELS: I just love it here. Ever since I played here in '93, I just kind of started enjoying the place, and it fits my eye, so to speak. I know we use it a lot, but I just love it here. The course is always in great shape, and yeah, a little hook here works.

Q. A lot of holes that favour a draw, and that obviously is what you prefer.
ERNIE ELS: Exactly. I've always been a right-to-left player. That's my favourite way to play, and there's a lot of holes like that. Just got to figure out that 18th hole, but other than that, I'm okay.

Q. What happened with your second shot?
ERNIE ELS: Yeah, I just got stuck. I've been struggling with this rib injury this week, and you know, on the longer shots, when you have to stay wide, I really find it tough. The rib kind of catches there and throws the club inside and that's what happened there. Only 250, so I had to go for it. Wasn't a good swing, and wasn't a good result.

Q. The positives, a lot of great stuff out there. Tell us how you felt?
ERNIE ELS: I felt good, man. I love the greens now. Starting to fall in love there again; this is a good thing. A lot of quality shots. A lot of good iron shots, a bit of breeze, kind of fell off now, but I feel good about this week. I want to get a good one in in the morning and see what we can do this weekend.

Q. You still retain a tremendous passion and enthusiasm to get back out there in the winner's circle again. That's fantastic to see. Why is that; how is that?
ERNIE ELS: Yeah, thanks, I just love the game. I went through a very tough spell there, especially last year, beginning of the year, I think everybody saw that. And kind of starting to rekindle my love for putting again, and the rest of the game has always kind of been there. So I feel like I can still do something.

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