Els plays down importance of a rare Cup win

Tue Oct 1, 2013 7:58pm EDT
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

DUBLIN, Ohio (Reuters) - Ernie Els has seen it all at the Presidents Cup, the highs and lows and even a tie in 2003, but the wins have been all too rare for the veteran International player.

This week, Els and his team mates will be bidding to beat the United States for only the second time in 10 editions of the biennial competition, though the big South African is wary of overstating just how important such a rare success would be.

"It's just like any other Presidents Cup," Els, a 43-year-old who is something of a father figure for the Internationals, told reporters at Muirfield Village Golf Club on Tuesday.

"We are coming in, and we want to perform and try and win the Cup back. We haven't done it since '98, and we had a tie in '03, so it's been a while.

"The guys are up for it but I don't feel any more or less importance. We feel we want to get in there and give it a good showing and hopefully get more points than the U.S. team."

Asked how he would describe his frustration level with the Internationals not having triumphed since their victory by 20-1/2 points to 11-1/2 in Australia in 1998, Els replied: "Yeah, but we don't want to over-play that scenario.

"It's not like we are going in there and trying to lose. We are playing a very tough team and they have got their pairings right. We changed quite a lot, our team (lineup). But I don't want to make excuses.

"We are here to play, to win the Cup back, and that's what we are planning on doing. Hopefully we got our pairings right and we can play good golf and make more putts than the other team. But yeah, it's not fun being on the other side."   Continued...

South African golfer Ernie Els hits a driver off the tee during the first practice round for the 2013 Presidents Cup golf tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio October 1, 2013. REUTERS/Jeff Haynes