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TRANSITIONS CHAMPIONSHIP


March 18, 2012


Ernie Els


PALM HARBOR, FLORIDA

Q.テつ Very disappointed, Ernie Els; what happened after that drive on the 18th hole?
ERNIE ELS:テつ What happened?テつ Well, I pulled my second left and I chipped it up there.テつ Didn't have a great lie on my third shot and I pulled my putt.

Q.テつ Did you have the confidence to make that putt before there?
ERNIE ELS:テつ Yeah, I guess so.テつ I just pulled it a bit.

Q.テつ Great job through the first 14 holes, let's talk about those putts that did go in early on.
ERNIE ELS:テつ Yeah, played good golf today.テつ I just hit one bad shot.テつ That was on 17.テつ It was a bit of a wait there and lost my rhythm and hit a bad shot there.テつ Then obviously missed a short putt on 18.

Q.テつ You got a great break on the ball on 17, it actually gave you somewhat of a lie, somewhat of a shot, even though you were short‑sided?
ERNIE ELS:テつ No, I had no shot.テつ I was in the tent or whatever it was.テつ I had no shot.

Q.テつ On 18, you made a birdie early in the green, it's a diabolical green, isn't it.
ERNIE ELS:テつ Yeah, it's a difficult green.テつ You know, I pulled my second left, as I said to Steve, and chipped it up to three or four feet.テつ You know, I was trying to just jam it in there and I pulled it.

Q.テつ I know you're really disappointed but what great ball‑striking, you have to take something good away from this.
ERNIE ELS:テつ It's going to be tough.テつ I'm pretty hot now, and it's difficult to talk with a straight head here.テつ Yeah, if I take stock, I think I'm playing good golf, and I've got to head into the next couple of weeks trying to get a win.

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