Els Shoots Season's Low Round

Sat 30 Mar 2013

Els Shoots Season's Low Round

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Chiangmai, March 30: South African Ernie Els hit his lowest round of the season with a six-under-par 66 at the inaugural Chiangmai Golf Classic presented by PTT on Saturday, declaring he was on the right track in his preparation for the Masters Tournament.
The four-time Major winner made it look easy with seven birdies against a lone bogey in his third round at the Alpine Golf Resort-Chiangmai as he moved to tied 15th with his three-day score of 10-under-par 206, eight shots from the third round leader Prayad Marksaeng of Thailand at the US$750,000 full field Asian Tour event.
Australian Marcus Both and India’s Gaganjeet Bhullar shot matching 65s as the early session players enjoyed a day of low scoring.
Els, who is wielding a short putter this week in place of his regular belly putter which he used to win the British Open last July, felt he could have gone much lower after taking 27 putts, his lowest on the greens so far this week.
“Yeah. Obviously I could have done a little bit better. I gave myself chances. The greens were nice and smooth and a little bit quicker. I made a couple of putts and was trying to squeeze some birdies out of the course on the last couple of holes but didn’t hit good shots,” said Els.
“It is getting better. I haven’t had a good year up to now. I haven’t played great rounds. I needed this and I’ve been working hard on the short putter. Obviously, today was a little easier on the greens. Hopefully I can build on that. I wanted to go low but I’m going in the right direction with a 66. Maybe I’ll go a little bit lower tomorrow.”
Els has said that he will revert back to his belly putter for the Masters Tournament in two weeks’ time.
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