Els Fancies the Open

Ernie Els insists he is determined to take the chance to win a second Open title if he can get himself in contention at St Andrews this week.

The South Africa admits he was left smarting after letting a fourth major slip through his grasp at last month’s US Open.

The 40-year-old joined eventual winner Graeme McDowell in the lead in the final round after starting with three birdies in his first six holes at Pebble Beach, but then crashed out of contention as he dropped four shots in three holes around the turn.

Els eventually finished two shots behind McDowell after playing the last ten holes in five-over and admits his disappointment took some time to subside.

“I felt so good that last day,” he said. “I played such controlled golf. You never want to make silly mistakes. I have so much experience that I know what not to do, and to hit that shot I did on 10 near the ocean there and making double there, I just couldn’t forgive myself for that one.

“I just felt very disappointed because I had the perfect start and I just had to keep alive and I probably would have been at worst in a play-off. But I just self-destructed a little bit, and I was a little hot under the collar.”

He is adamant he will not make the same mistake if he gets the opportunity to win the Claret Jug for a second time this week.