The Big Easy Is Doing Alright
By mustang6560 on 3/20/12
If you've failed to convert an important shot down the stretch - like a four-foot par putt on the 18th hole - and lost your skins game to your friend (who is also your biggest rival on the golf course), then you know exactly how Ernie Els felt Sunday in the final round of the Transitions Championship.

Ernie was in a strong position to win the third leg of the Florida swing Sunday, which would have earned him an invitation to his 19th straight Masters tournament. But, he failed to convert a short-range birdie putt on the 16th hole, which would have put him up by two strokes, and then closed out with consecutive bogies at the 17th and 18th holes to miss out on the four-man playoff by one stroke.

Naturally, he was fuming following his emotional roller coaster ride through the infamous "Snake Pit" (holes 16-18 at the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook), which led to the awkward post round interview with Steve Sands. But, that was Sunday. Since then, Ernie calmed down enough to pen his thoughts from his final round in his weekly blog for PGATour.com.
I’ve said throughout my career that whenever I tee it up 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. That pretty much summed up my emotions on Sunday evening. 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.
I lost a match to my friend a couple weeks ago and could of handled the loss better. It's hard to control your emotion, especially when you are competitive and want to win. However, letting your emotion get the best of you following the loss only makes you look foolish (yes, I'm talking about myself here a little). I definitely would like to learn to handle myself in defeat like Ernie. It doesn't make the loss hurt any less but it definitely helps to prevent childish behavior, which is unbecoming on an adult. I was told once that you haven't won if you've lost the respect of your opponents.

I do hope the fine folks at Augusta National extend Ernie an exemption if he fails to qualify for the Masters on his own. He still has the Arnold Palmer Invitational this week and the Shell Houston Open next week left to try and break into the top 50 in the official world ranking, but at number 62, he most likely needs a win to do it.

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[ comments ]
legitimatebeef says:
I'm sure Ernie appreciates your kind words Nate.
3/20/12
 
sjduffers says:
"could have handled", not "could of handled". That one really bugs me as it is not a simple case of misspelling. I feel compelled to say this and English is not even my first language. Come on people!
3/20/12
 
falcon50driver says:
GRAMMAR...The difference between...Knowing your shit.. and.. Knowing you're shit.
3/20/12
 
DaRupp13 says:
I'm stealing that merlin, love it
3/21/12
 
mustang6560 says:
I could of changed it, but I decided to leave it.
3/21/12
 
bkuehn1952 says:
mustang6560 says:
I could of changed it, but I decided to leave it.

Clever come back. ;)
3/22/12
 
sjduffers says:
As a come back, Mustang could of went there, or he could have gone elsewhere. It just shows that education is overrated, right?
3/22/12
 
mustang6560 says:
Speaking of education, @sjduffers did you know "comeback" is one word?

www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/comeback
3/22/12
 
sjduffers says:
Touché!

You could of come back mo' better!

At least my excuse is that English is not my first language... even though it felt wrong to write it that way. What's your excuse, Mustang? :D
3/22/12
 
falcon50driver says:
Let's eat Grandpa.....Let's eat, Geandpa.....Proper punctuation could save a life.
3/23/12
 
sjduffers says:
No kidding Merlin!

Panda eats shoots and leaves... Panda eats, shoots and leaves. (the title of a great book about punctuation, by the way: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eats,_Shoots_%26_Leaves). You gotta watch the pandas, ya know: could of ate in piece, without the f*ing panda! ;-)
3/23/12
 
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