Els not worried about Presidents Cup players’ form in Sydney

SYDNEY (AFP) – Ernie Els yesterday said he was not worried about how players in his Presidents Cup team perform at the Australian Open this week, admitting their minds were already on the biennial showdown against the United States.

The International team captain teed off himself at the Australian Golf Club in Sydney but missed the cut after firing 77 yesterday, following his first-round 72.

That suits the big South African just fine, allowing him to leave early to have a look at the Royal Melbourne course ahead of the Presidents Cup against the Tiger Woods-led Americans from Thursday.

Several players in his team are in Sydney, including Adam Scott, Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman, and have enjoyed mixed fortunes.

But Els said their performances would not affect his decisions around pairings for the fourballs and foresomes.

“No, my long-term view is long-term form. I’ve picked guys who have played well for a long term,” he said. “One week or one round is not going to change anything in my view.”