Fast-starting Els not getting carried away
Ernie Els says achieving a 20th PGA Tour win at the Honda Classic would be nice but isn't getting carried away by his good start.
Venezuela’s Jhonattan Vegas leads after a bogey-free first round of six-under par in testing conditions at the PGA National but Els is in the chasing pack, sitting two shots off top spot.
The Big Easy is looking to win a PGA event for the first time since the Open in 2012 and says experience has taught him not to get too far ahead of himself as he looks to reach the milestone of 20 PGA Tour wins.
"Obviously 20 is a great number," he said. "It's late in my career, but I'll take any win now. I'm not thinking about it. I'm just thinking about tomorrow's round and so forth. But it would be magic."
He would have been in an even better position had he not double-bogeyed the 15th where his tee shot found the water.
"That freaking 15th hole is no good at all on this golf course," he lamented.
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