Crunch time for Ernie Els

Updated: June 13, 2007, 10:37 AM ET
By John Hawkins | Golf World

Not so long ago, time was his ally.

An hour in Kapalua, 20 minutes on the practice range at Bay Hill -- Ernie Els waltzed through life on a loose schedule and seemed in no hurry to do anything, which made the Big Easy golf's easy-access superstar. Approachable and affable, he sported an insouciance that could border on laughable. After winning the 2002 British Open, Els made the Royal & Ancient wait 15 minutes while he hung out with a small group of U.S. reporters in the Muirfield locker room.

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