Can Ernie Els keep it going in Round 2 of the Verizon Heritage?

Ernie, Ernie, Ernie. What's the deal with you? You missed the cut last week at the Masters, and you come to the Low Country -- Hilton Head Island, S.C. -- and suddenly you're the Big Easy again. Three under in Round 1 and I'm looking and the guess here is that you'll go lower in Round 2. The Boomeister beat you here down the stretch with some crazy hole-outs, but this could be a week for you to win again for the first time since last year's Honda. Really, you're better than that, Ernie. Phil missed the cut in Houston but then had a memorable Masters. He said he wasn't really trying to win Houston, he was trying to get ready for the Masters by playing high shots, which were a disaster in the high winds of Houston. Anyway, we'll take your good golf where we can get it, and if it's a week after a major, so be it. But really, Ernie, you're better than this. Here's hoping we see the real Ernie on Friday, and that it sets up a good weekend on one of the loveliest courses the Tour goes to all year.

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by Kevin Cunningham