Ernie's Out For PGA, Prez Cup
Ernie Els (above), the third-ranked player in the world, will sit out the rest of the season after injuring his left knee while playing with his kids on an Italian beach. Els, 35, who had surgery on the knee last Thursday at a hospital near his home in Wentworth, England, had been on a sailing vacation in the Mediterranean with his family. "Obviously the timing is unfortunate," Els said.
TWO WEEKS TO GO
U.S. Presidents Cup standings are based on earnings, the Internationals' on World Ranking. The top 10 qualify for the match, Sept. 23-25 at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Lake Manassas, Va.
September 7, 2005
|1.||Tiger Woods||19,378,819||Vijay Singh||12.11|
|2.||Phil Mickelson||14,322,372||Ernie Els||9.21|
|3.||David Toms||9,066,858||Retief Goosen||7.21|
|4.||Kenny Perry||8,004,453||Adam Scott||5.76|
|5.||Chris DiMarco||7,718,466||Angel Cabrera||5.01|
|6.||Jim Furyk||7,325,012||Tim Clark||4.14|
|7.||Fred Funk||7,176,038||Michael Campbell||3.86|
|8.||Stewart Cink||6,925,277||Nick O'Hern||3.49|
|9.||Davis Love III||6,507,884||Stuart Appleby||3.43|
|10.||Scott Verplank||6,246,985||Mike Weir||3.42|
|11.||Justin Leonard||6,022,456||Mark Hensby||3.23|
|12.||Zach Johnson||5,352,722||Peter Lonard||2.98|
|13.||Chad Campbell||5,143,542||K.J. Choi||2.76|
|14.||Ted Purdy||4,748,923||Shigeki Maruyama||2.73|
|15.||Joe Ogilvie||4,567,634||Stephen Ames||2.64|
O'HAIR'S OFF THE HOOK
Marc O'Hair, the estranged father of Tour rookie Sean, said in a statement that he is releasing his son from two contracts that call for Sean to pay him 10% of all his earnings and repay the $2 million that Marc says he spent developing Sean's game. Sean called the release "words written on paper. I haven't read it and am not planning to."