Ernie Els wants Australian golf fans to make it clear that his Internationals are the home team when they face the United States in the Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne in December.
Only three Australians – Adam Scott, Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith – are among the eight automatic qualifiers on the global side, but captain Els wants the galleries to get on board as the team’s 13th man.
“I want that to be known to the Australian public, that that is our trump card,” he said in a teleconference on Tuesday.
“They need to support us. The whole world, we are playing as one team, and we would love to have the Australian public right behind us.”
The South African well remembers from bitter experience the 2007 event in Montreal, where Canadian fans were lukewarm in their support of the International team in matches that did not involve local hero Mike Weir.