Ernie Els suggested that playing in the Frys.com Open last year helped him achieve a major victory this year. He's hoping it can happen again.
Els tied for fourth last year in the Fall Series event at the CordeValle Golf Club, his best finish of the season. He topped that in a big way this season, winning the British Open for his fourth career major.
''It's beautiful. I love coming here,'' Els said Wednesday, a day before the start of play. ''Even before last year we did some outings out here for SAP, and I always enjoy coming out here. ... It's great staying on the property here. With weather like this, I mean, you can't beat it. It's just a wonderful place to play golf.
''Obviously, you would like to play well to make it an even nicer experience, but it's nice to be back and obviously looking forward to the week. Golf course is playing a little differently. It's a little firmer. Scoring should be good, so I'm looking forward to it.''
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