PEBBLE BEACH - Ernie Els believes he has a special week in store as he prepares to tee it up at his 27th consecutive US Open Championship at Pebble Beach, California, starting today.
The South African made his debut at the 1993 edition and has played every single one since, winning it in 1994 and 1997 for two of his four major championships.
His two appearances at Pebble Beach in 2000 and 2010 resulted in top-three finishes, but Els believes this could be his most significant week on the California coast.
Having played on a special exemption from the United States Golf Association the past two years, the 49-year-old accepts this may be his final US Open and he feels there would be no better place to end his run than at Pebble Beach.
Add in that his nephew Jovan Rebula is in the field after winning last season’s Amateur Championship, and it could be an emotional week for Els.