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Ernie Els couldn’t contain his
excitement after he finished his
play in China. Els posted a final
round 63, which was one short of
tying Phil Mickelson for the HSBC
Championship. “I knew the situation.
And for me, this was great
preparation for weeks to come,”
said Els after his final round.
Despite coming up short, Els
preferred a glass half full approach
versus half empty. “I had a good
time. Today was a wonderful day. I
mean, I really had a good time. I
knew the pressure was on,” he said.
His new found optimism appears to
be tied to an equipment change
that fueled not only his excitement but also his recent return to form. “I started playing a new golf ball that Callaway made, very first week. It's a different texture ball. The golf ball, this is what I've been looking forward to, is this golf ball. It would have been unbelievable if I could have won with this ball. It would have been great for Callaway and myself. I'm looking forward to the future now and I think my equipment is now spot on,” he declared. “If you gave me 63 before I played, I obviously would
have taken it. I was thinking 64, but
still came up a bit short. But I can't
complain.” Callaway said the ball in
question is its new Tour i(s) model.
According to the company, it is the
softest model its ever made and
was designed in advance of the
new rule to take effect next year
regarding the groove change. It is a
four-piece construction, Callaway
Golf said, that features a Hyper-
Urethane cover for maximum spin
and control around the greens without sacrificing distance off the tee.