Last year, Ernie Els didn't sound like he planned on ever coming back to Augusta. He had endured enough trials and tribulations in 17 trips to the Masters that he appeared to have lost the desire to return. But Els has stowed away the white flag, refusing to surrender to age or the ghosts of the club.
Leaving the 18th green after sinking a 10-footer for birdie, Ernie Els heard a patrol yell to him.
Ernie Els spoke like a broken man as he leaned on the door to the locker room.
For Ernie Els' fans, the answer is 46 long.
It was a final-round statement that golf fans hadn't seen from Ernie Els in years. But the three-time major winner from South Africa wasn't getting carried away with himself after pulling away down the stretch to win at Doral three weeks ago.
Fresh off his second consecutive victory, Ernie Els headed to Augusta National for a quick practice round Tuesday and planned to take his caddie with him.
ORLANDO, Fla. --- Ernie Els made two clutch par putts, escaped trouble from a buried lie in the bunker and wound up wearing a blue blazer Monday for winning the rain-delayed Arnold Palmer Invitational.
The old pictures in his head still motivate Ernie Els.
Still seeking his first green jacket, Ernie Els arrived this week with a new weapon: instructor Butch Harmon.
Life has been anything but easy for Ernie Els.
PALM HARBOR, Fla. --- A bead of sweat dripped off Ernie Els' brow when he stopped for a five-minute chat Wednesday before his pro-am round at the PODS Championship.
Fresh off preventing a rare shutout season with an eleventh-hour victory in the South African Open, Ernie Els unveiled an ambitious three-year plan to unseat Tiger Woods as the world's No. 1 player.
Ernie Els got away from it all for a few days.
A few treks up and down the hills of Augusta National Golf Club last month and a busy week of practice have Ernie Els confident his injured knee is almost completely healed.
Smack dab in the prime of his career, Ernie Els was sitting at home for months nursing a torn-up knee.