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Els hungry for more success at Dubai Desert Classic
January 13, 2018
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DUBAI: Ernie Els has insisted his desire to succeed still burns as strong as ever as he returns to a familiar hunting ground later this month at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic at Emirates Golf Club.

One of the most prolific winners of his generation, Els enjoys fond memories of the longest-running European Tour event in region, having won it a record three times and is relishing the chance to extend the incredible feat and turn the page on a disappointing 2017 season.

“My hunger for competition is as strong as ever. It’s all about fighting hard to get something going, some momentum rolling. Hopefully, good memories of the Majlis course will come in very handy,” said the South African great, who is an amazing 184-under par for the 56 rounds he has played since making his debut in 1993.

“I think everyone knows I love playing in Dubai. I like the lines off the tees and the greens are quite soft so if you get your ball up, you can shoot some good scores,” said Els who still holds the course record of 61 he shot en route an emphatic six-shot victory at the 1994 edition of the event — his first on the European Tour.

“I always look forward to coming back and playing in this wonderful tournament.

“Results-wise, 2017 season may have been a bit disappointing, but the good thing is that I feel like my game has been in better shape than the scores suggested,” added Els.

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