Working towards with skipper Els gave Pan ‘goose bumps’


SYDNEY (Information) – If Ernie Els had any issues about his place as captain of Crew Worldwide for subsequent week’s Presidents Cup, they had been definitely misplaced when it got here to CT Pan.

FILE PHOTO: Golf – The 148th Open Championship – Royal Portrush Golf Membership, Portrush, Northern Eire – July 19, 2019 South Africa’s Ernie Els through the second spherical Information/Ian Walton

Pan is getting ready for the quadrennial group competitors with Els, non-playing vice-captains KJ Choi and Geoff Ogilvy, in addition to 5 of his group mates on the Australian Open this week.

Requested whether or not he had made plans to go for a team-bonding dinner with four-times main champion Els whereas they had been in Sydney, the 28-year-old Taiwanese admitted he had not.

“I’m nonetheless too shy to ask,” he instructed reporters on Wednesday.

“He’s like a legend, a frontrunner to me. I used to be honored to get to play with him on Tuesday, 9 holes with Abraham Ancer and Okay.J. Choi and it was actually cool for me, simply watching him chipping across the inexperienced.

“It simply gave me goose bumps as a result of he’s gained so many Majors and after I was little I watched him taking part in … in order that was a extremely cool expertise for me.”

Pan, who acquired his first win on the PGA Tour on the Heritage in South Carolina in April, stated he hoped to make use of the Australian Open, which begins on Thursday, to work notably on his placing.

Els stated his plans for taking over the U.S. group led by Tiger Woods at Royal Melbourne subsequent week had been already properly superior and the way his gamers acquired on in Sydney wouldn’t make any distinction.

“My pairings is on my telephone right here and we’ve checked out fairly a couple of completely different eventualities,” the South African stated.

“It actually doesn’t matter how the fellows play this week, they’ve completed their work, they’ve completed the laborious work of getting on the group.

“They don’t actually must show a lot to me anymore. It will likely be good in the event that they play properly, however we’ve completed the long run kind information on all of the gamers and I’m comfortable the place they’re.”

Modifying by Peter Rutherford