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The Big Easy's sweet spot

The Masters doesn't start until Thursday. But through his autistic son, Ernie Els is already on the leaderboard in a bigger challenge: helping others deal with the disorder.

Updated: April 5, 2011, 1:27 PM ET

The emails arrive each day.

Ernie,

I too have a son on the Autism spectrum … I could really empathize with the situation you spoke about -- the hurt, the anguish … I get so much pleasure out of my son Joey. He is an amazing kid, as I am sure Ben is as well. I just want to thank you for doing what you do and showing people they don't have to be scared if they are in the situation we both found ourselves in.

And …

Hello, Ernie.

I appreciate ...

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