Els still hurting after painful PGA loss


Ernie Els was still hurting a day after his bogey-bogey finish at the PGA Transitions Championship cost him a victory and a spot in next month’s Masters, he said in a Monday blog on the US PGA website.
The South African star, a three-time major champion who has never won the Masters, led by a stroke on the 17th tee but took a bogey and then missed a short putt on the 18th green to miss out on what became a four-man playoff.
“I always play to win, so any time I get the opportunity to do that and don’t get the job done, obviously I’m disappointed and angry with myself,” Els said. “I was so hot I found it difficult to even think straight.
“I’ve had a night to sleep on it, though. It still hurts the way I finished the tournament, but I know in my heart how well I played all week.
“I have to believe that if I keep doing what I’m doing, the results will reflect that and I’ll give myself plenty more opportunities to win.”