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July 12, 2012

Ernie Els


Q.  Thoughts on the round?
ERNIE ELS:  Like I said yesterday, a lot of rust out there.  I actually played well.  The shots that I missed on 12, my second shot went through the bunker and almost an unplayable lie from a marginal shot, not a really poor shot, and I made bogey.
15, again I missed the fairway just left, maybe two yards, and just very, very difficult.  Couldn't even get it out.  Made double there.
Then 6, I was doing some bunker practise there for The Open.
So, yeah, other than, that I thought it was nice, seven birdies, putting was okay.  So I've just got to keep that going.

Q.  A case of rust on the first few holes?
ERNIE ELS:  A little bit.

Q.  Given your reputation, have you ever taken four to get out‑‑
ERNIE ELS:  I was slightly embarrassed there.

Q.  Have you ever?
ERNIE ELS:  I must have somewhere, some links golf course must have gotten me.
The first lie was really horrendous.  It was lying down and I was just trying to hit it out to the left and the sand was heavy and I didn't hit it hard enough.  Then it was just a case of digging a grave there.  Hopefully that's out of the way and I can play some good golf.

Q.  What happened with Andy McFee‑‑
ERNIE ELS:  No, some viewer called in that thought I did something which I didn't do‑‑

Q.  At that hole?

Q.  In the bunker?
ERNIE ELS:  Yeah, I don't know, maybe thought I was kicking and screaming‑‑ no penalty.

Q.  Was it reviewed?
ERNIE ELS:  Yeah, he did review it.

Q.  Not the sort of thing‑‑
ERNIE ELS:  That would have been a world record, next to the green, ten feet from the hole, add two and I make nine.  Seven is bad enough.

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