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Els, de Jonge win foursomes match

Brendon de Jonge and Ernie Els at the 2013 Presidents Cup
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NEWPORT, WALES - OCTOBER 04: European Team members (L-R) Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell pose with the Ryder Cup following Europe's 14.5 to 13.5 victory over the USA at the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on October 4, 2010 in Newport, Wales. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)  - 

DUBLIN, Ohio – Brendon de Jonge was playfully wrestling with his children when he received the call from International captain Nick Price that he would be a member of this year’s Presidents Cup team.

On Friday he helped take down the U.S. duo of Bill Haas and Hunter Mahan, joining forces with Ernie Els to win 4 and 3 in their foursomes match.

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“He’s just an unbelievable ball striker and a great guy with a great heart,” Els said of his partner.

Despite being a rookie on the team, de Jonge has outplayed his veteran teammate, carding eight birdies in a fourballs loss on Thursday, then doing most of the damage in their Friday victory.

Even so, de Jonge was more than happy to deflect the credit.

“I feel like I played nicely two days, but don’t let Ernie give me all the credit,” he said. “He is by far the most calming influence that I’ve ever been out on a golf course with. That was huge for me. It’s nice to play with Hall of Famer who hits in middle of fairways and greens.”