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Ernie Els Suffers from Ankle Injury

ernie els injuredWhether he likes it or not, The Open champion Ernie Els cannot join the PGA Grand Slam of Golf set to happen at the Port Royal Golf Club in Bermuda. The South African golfer is suffering from an injured ankle and will be replaced by Padraig Harrington for the 36-hole game.

This is sad news for the event’s organizers since PGA Champion Rory McIlroy already announced that he will not be joining the Grand Slam but instead, will play in the BMW Masters to be held in Shanghai. Keegan Bradley, last year’s PGA champion, is replacing McIlroy and will compete against Harrington, Masters champ Bubba Watson and US Open winner Webb Simpson.

Els shared that though his injury was not that bad, he was medically advised not to play in Bermuda. He said, “I am bitterly disappointed. It is a great reward for winning a major and something I have enjoyed in the past and was looking forward to again. Unfortunately I sprained my left ankle a few days ago and while it isn’t too serious and should recover relatively quickly, I have been advised not to try and play on it.”

Harrington, on the other hand, shared, “While my entry is under unique circumstances, I am excited to compete in the event again. I came close the last two times I was there, losing in play-offs to Angel Cabrera in 2007 and Jim Furyk in 2008, so maybe the third time will be a charm.”

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