Els ‘not at total ease’ Sunday at Bay Hill

Sunday, March 28, 2010

ORLANDO, Fla. – Ernie Els has to sleep on another lead at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, and the Big Easy says that won’t be easy.

“Obviously I’m not at total ease with myself,” he said when Sunday play was called around 5:30 p.m. after a three-hour weather delay. “I’m a little angry and disappointed.”

And this is the man who will take a two-stroke lead over Kevin Na into the resumption of play at 10 a.m. Els has four holes left. He also faced a mental hurdle Sunday night.

“It’s going to be difficult,” he said. “I’m still thinking of (bad) shots, especially the one at 13. That’s not going to go away. We as sportsmen are hard on ourselves and beat ourselves up.”

Els felt that way because he was five strokes up after 12 holes but just two when play stopped. He double-bogeyed 13 after driving into a fairway bunker and hitting an approach shot from 98 yards short and into water. Then he plugged his tee shot into the face of a bunker on the par-3 14th and bogeyed before the storm.

Els said he caught too much sand at No. 13 in what he called a “soft” bunker.

“I had it going,” he said. “There’s no excuses for the double bogey and bogey.”