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Jakarta Post

Golf Column: Els puts spell on Royal Melbourne for 2019 Presidents Cup

  • Chuah Choo Chiang

Jakarta   /   Fri, December 7 2018   /  01:42 am

Ernie Els came, he saw and he put on a charm offensive that captivated the people of Melbourne, host city of the 2019 Presidents Cup.

Entrusted with the captaincy of the International Team for the biennial showdown against the United States at Royal Melbourne Golf Club from Dec. 9 to 15, 2019, the World Golf Hall of Fame member rallied his prospective team members and the people of Australia in a full frontal media blitz during a two-day flying visit to the capital city of the state of Victoria recently.

From the moment he stepped off the plane in Melbourne, the South African star was in his element as he eased from one engagement to another with full aplomb and spoke passionately about his love for the city, his captaincy and the highly anticipated match against a Tiger Woods-led US team.

Els’ first order of business was to announce Australia’s Geoff Ogilvy as t...