On Golf: Struggling Ernie Els Knows Picture Can Change ‘Like That’

On Golf: Struggling Ernie Els Knows Picture Can Change ‘Like That’

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Els, 47, a four-time major winner with 47 global victories, is getting around the course on guile, because, to hear him talk, his body parts are coming unglued.

“Lower back, hip, shoulder and knee,” Els said, listing his physical infirmities. “It’s really the first year that I’ve got experience with that, so it’s kind of new.”

So is this: nine missed cuts, including seven in a row, and no finishes inside the top 30 in 15 starts in the tour’s 2016-17 wraparound season. Els, who collected his last major title at the 2012 British Open, is playing here in the final year of a five-year exemption that was part of his British Open victory spoils. Finding himself in the…



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