BEST YEARS IN THE MA­JORS

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - The Golf Life -

One day Ernie Els may look back on 2004 with a sense of pride. He had putts to ei­ther win or make a play­off in the Mas­ters, Open and PGA. He was in the fi­nal group in the US Open. The chance was there to win the Grand Slam. How­ever, his year was worse than Greg Nor­man’s “Satur­day Slam” in 1986, be­cause at least the Shark came away from those four 54-hole leads with an Open win at Turn­berry. He wasn’t shut out. Els was. He was sec­ond in the Mas­ters and Open, T-4 in the PGA, and T-9 in the US Open, hav­ing had a last round 80. Af­ter his play­off de­feat at Royal Troon in the Open, Els three-putted the fi­nal green at Whistling Straits for a bo­gey, when a par would have got him into a play­off with even­tual win­ner Vi­jay Singh, Chris DiMarco and Justin Leonard.

In 2000, he was sec­ond in the Mas­ters, US Open and Open. But his clos­est mar­gin to the win­ner was three shots to Vi­jay Singh at Augusta Na­tional.

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