Els apologizes for not speaking at Open


ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – Ernie Els has played two events since the U.S. Open but hadn’t had much of a chance to speak with most of the international press since he shot that final-round 73 at Pebble Beach.

Tuesday here at the Open Championship he gave an impromptu apology for not stopping to talk with reporters after his U.S. Open disappointment.

“I’ve got to apologize to you guys,” the Big Easy said here at the Old Course. “After that Sunday I was pretty hot under the collar and I know some of the guys wanted to talk to me, but I got out of there. I was pretty annoyed with myself.”

Els said his biggest mistake was making double bogey on the 10th hole, calling it a silly mistake from a player of his status. He said he just “couldn’t forgive myself for that one.”

“I just self-destructed a little bit and I was a little hot under the collar,” he said. “Again, I apologize for not being able to talk to you there, but it was probably a better thing that I got out of there.”