TROON, Scotland – Ernie Els played his first Open in 1989 and hasn’t missed the event since 1992. Muirfield and Royal Lytham stand out, because he won there, but Royal Troon also holds a special place in the South African’s heart.
“I really like the golf course,” Els said on Wednesday. “I actually like it more this time around than I did in ’04. It’s a bit greener, in ’04 it was brown and these greens are so small that it makes it difficult to control the ball into the greens.