Rusty Els plugs away

2005-12-01 14:07
Sun City - Ernie Els has recovered from an indifferent start at the Nedbank Challenge at Sun City on Thursday.

Els, who is playing in his first tournament in four months, started with a bogey after driving into a bunker.

He improved immediately by birding the next hole under some controversy.

The "Big Easy" hit a wayward drive into the bushveld, but was allowed a free drop by American rules official Slugger White after Els complained that a television tower was within his line of sight.

Els was placed one over par after 10 holes - three strokes behind leaders Chris DiMarco and Luke Donald.

Donald showed early form as he birdied the first two holes.

South Africa's other big hope - Retief Goosen - has had a mixed day thus far. He opened with a birdie, before joining Els on one over par.

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