Monday, March 10, 2008

Now Ernie is Ready to Quit

Ernie Els decided to come play the Accenture Match Play at the last minute for any variety of still unknown reasons. He was originally supposed to start his year at the Honda, which he won. I guess riding that potential streak was what compelled him to show up at the PODS Championship. He did not win that, so now he's tired - and he's withdrawing from Bay Hill.

Ernie Els withdrew Monday from the Arnold Palmer Invitational because of fatigue, two weeks after winning on the PGA Tour for the first time in 3 1/2 years.

According to Els’ management company, he was tired and needed rest before the Masters.

Els ended an 0-for-47 drought on the PGA Tour when he captured the Honda Classic at the start of the Florida swing. He played last week at the PODS Championship, where he missed the cut by one stroke. Els is expected to play next week in the World Golf Championship at Doral, and he has said he would play in the Houston Open before going to the Masters.

So, he will be back for the free money next week. I cannot blame him for dumping Bay Hill this year, especially considering the shape of the greens!

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