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July 11, 2013

Ernie Els


Q.  I guess you feel frustrated.
ERNIE ELS:  Yeah, that wasn't the score I was looking for.  I didn't feel I played all that badly, just my second shots didn't quite get it on the right lines, and a couple of bounces here and there.  So didn't quite play as good as I wanted to.

Q.  You threatened to get going, and then you kept coming back?
ERNIE ELS:  Exactly.  I made a birdie here and there and then I had a 3‑putt early on on 4.  I birdied 6, bogeyed 7‑‑ it was one of those up‑and‑down roads.  I need to get it going tomorrow.

Q.  Your bogey on 15, did that kind of sum up your day in terms of loose play?
ERNIE ELS:  Exactly.  I didn't think that second shot was all that bad.  Obviously right of the flag is not the best option, but I was trying to be aggressive.  I got a bit of an awkward bounce.  Yeah, the chip shot and the putt wasn't all that good, so, yeah, it was a bit loose.

Q.  What are the challenges here, given that it's a generous course, at least looking out from the tee.
ERNIE ELS:  Well, it just showed today, if you're just a little bit off, this course will bite you.  The guys keep saying it's so easy; I didn't find it that easy.  So I don't know if they are playing a different course than I.
But I love it, it's a great setup, it's what I wanted to come and do, play some links.  So hopefully I can get it going tomorrow.

Q.  Your frustration apart, how is The Open Champion feeling with a week to go for next week?
ERNIE ELS:  I'm feeling great.  You know, that's why I'm here, trying to get a bit of practice going, get a bit of links golf under my belt.  I've been to Muirfield quite a few times now, so I know what the course is like.  I'm just trying to work on a couple of things on my game.

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