Els is in the mix at the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters

Thu 02 May 2013

Els is in the mix at the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters

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Jakarta, May 2: A return to Asia has brought out the best from Ernie Els after he trailed Australia’s Scott Hend and Korea’s Hwang Inn-choon by two shots in the first round of the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters on Thursday.
The South African, nicknamed Big Easy, shot a four-under-par 68 with the long putter highlighted by five birdies and one ‘silly’ bogey, to end the day tied for fourth at the US$750,000 at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club.
Els rode on the hot momentum set by his flight mates Hend and Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger, who returned with 66 and 67 respectively at the event which is staged on the Asian Tour for the third year.
“I got to be satisfied with that. Obviously you would like to say it could have been better but I played nicely. I made a silly mistake on the third hole which was a short par four. I played with a nice group of guys who played good as well.
“I guess we all fed off each other. Scott Hend really started it off when he birdied three in a roll early in the round. Hopefully I can get it going tomorrow as well,” said Els.
The South African has not enjoyed the best results since winning the 2012 Open Championship but he is starting to turn the corner after finishing tied 14th at the Chiangmai Golf Classic on the Asian Tour in March.
Ernie Els of South Africa Ernie Els of South Africa
Following his Chiangmai stint, Els finished tied 13th at the Masters Tournament and took a share of 15th place on the PGA Tour on Sunday.
“I’m starting to feel more comfortable with my game. The last time I played in Chiangmai, I wasn’t too comfortable with my game. I played okay at the Masters Tournament and had a nice week at New Orleans.
“I feel that things are starting to come around so I got to thank the Asian Tour for getting my game back in shape. I like playing out here in Asia and the golf courses are nice. I need to get more rounds under my belt and I feel that I’m starting to get better,” said Els, who has won over 60 titles worldwide.
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About CIMB Niaga
CIMB Niaga was established as Bank Niaga in 1955. CIMB Group holds around 97.94% of the stakes in CIMB Niaga. The Bank offers a comprehensive suite of both conventional and Islamic banking products and services, through an expanding delivery channel network of 971 offices all over Indonesia as at 31 March 2013, including 592 branches, 350 Mikro Laju units (including 21 outlets attached to a branch), and 50 cash/payment points. CIMB Niaga has more than 14,300 employees.
CIMB Niaga encourages people to share high growth and take advantage of all the potential that South-East Asia regions bring – in line with CIMB Group’s brand positioning: “ASEAN for You”.
CIMB Group is Malaysia’s second largest financial services provider and one of ASEAN’s leading universal banking groups. It offers consumer banking, investment banking, Islamic banking, asset management and insurance products and services. Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, the Group is now present in 8 out of 10 ASEAN nations (Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Cambodia, Brunei, Vietnam, and Myanmar). Beyond ASEAN, the Group has market presence in China, Hong Kong, Bahrain, India, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Australia, the US, UK and Korea. CIMB Group is listed on Bursa Malaysia via CIMB Group Holdings Berhad. It has a market capitalisation of USD18.4 billion as at 31 March 2013. The Group has over 42,000 employees located in 17 countries.
About the Asian Tour
In 2013, the Asian Tour will celebrate a momentous milestone with its 10th season. As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia. This unique feature positions the Asian Tour at the pinnacle of professional golf in Asia; providing its events with Official World Ranking status. Tour Partners include Abacus (Official Apparel Partner), BlackBerry (Official Communications Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Supplier), Singha Beer (Official Beer), Srixon (Official Ball), Starwood Hotels and Resorts (Official Hotels and Resorts) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). The Asian Tour has offices in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Also, visit us at www.asiantour.com, www.facebook.com/asiantourgolf, www.twitter.com/asiantourgolf, www.youtube.com/theasiantour and www.weibo.com/asiantourgolf