Els climbs leaderboard in PGA Tour Champions event

Feb 28, 2021 | Featured, South Africans abroad

Ernie Els made seven birdies on his way to a five-under-par 68 on Saturday in the second round of the PGA Tour Champions Cologuard Classic in Tucson, Arizona.

That saw him climb 22 spots on the leaderboard into a share of 15th together with Retief Goosen who carded a two-under-par 71. The South African legends trail leader Mike Weir of Canada after the left-handed Masters champion added a six-under 67 to his opening 66 to move to an imposing 13-under ahead of the final round. Weir has a two-stroke lead over American Kevin Sutherland.

Els was quickly into his work after starting on the 10th, and he made three consecutive birdies from 11 to 13. He picked up another shot on 15 ahead of the turn, and when he made two more birdies on two and three, a really low one looked on the cards. But he found a fairway bunker off the tee on 15, and dropped a shot there. Another birdie on eight was followed by a bogey on his closing hole.

Goosen had got it to four-under for the round through 14, but a double-bogey in 18 saw him slip back to two-under.

The other South African in the field, David Frost, carded a seven-over 79.

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