Ernie Els finished up at The Barclays and hung around Long Island for a golf tournament equally important to him.
Els, a regular in the fabled Pro-Member at Seminole Golf Club in Florida, wanted to start something similar to help raise money for ''Els for Autism'' and the $30 million Autism Center for Excellence he is building in south Florida.
He hooked up with Ogden Phipps II at Deepdale Golf Club to stage the first of what he hopes is an annual event.
''The members are paying quite a bit of money to play, and all that money goes to autism in my foundation,'' Els said.
Els arranged for 40 professionals to play, from the PGA Tour and Web.com Tour, a group that included Cliff Kresge, who also has an autistic son. The players did not receive any money to play.
''The neat thing about this day is that it's great for these players to meet some of the members,'' Els said. ''These are the movers and shakers of Manhattan and a lot of big corporations. Not only is it beneficial to us, ...