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Ernie feels for SA duo after Presidents Cup snub

News24
13 Nov 2019, 16:13 GMT+10

Sun City - International captain Ernie Els admits he didn't enjoy having to select his wildcard picks for December's Presidents Cup.

The 50-year-old last week named Jason Day of Australia, Canadian Adam Hadwin, Sungjae Im of Korea and Joaquin Niemann of Chile as his four selections.

South Africa's top ranked golfer Louis Oosthuizen will be the only local representative in Els' 12-man team.

This will be the first time since 1998 that South Africa will only have one player competing in the biennial match play event.

Els, who received a tournament invitation to compete at this year's Nedbank Golf Challenge, revealed that South African duo Branden Grace and Erik van Rooyen were considered.

"It was a tough one. I didn't enjoy it to be honest. There were many guys in there, especially a lot of my really close friends," said Els on Tuesday in Sun City.

"Branden Grace was right there, and I went against him. So that was really tough for me to do. Erik van Rooyen started playing great. It was tough to do that, not getting him on the team..."

Grace, who has appeared in three Presidents Cup events, has had a dip in form this season - dropping to a

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