Despite not missing the Masters since 1993, Ernie Els remains unfazed by the prospect of not qualifying for Augusta this year.
To qualify for the Masters Els must win the Houston Open this week to avoid missing out on the first Major of the season.
However, speaking ahead of his final qualifying chance, the South African said: “My goal here is not to get into the Masters, it’s to play the Houston Open as good as I can.”
“If I get into the Masters, that’s great. If I don’t, then I’ve had many Masters that I can look back at, and I’ll get back in there next year.”
Els finished runner-up in 2000 and 2004 at August, but missed a great opprtunity to get in when Luke Donald pipped him to win the Transitions Championship where he bogeyed the final two holes to finish one shot outside the play-off.
His bogey on 18 at the Transitions was the result of a short missed part, something that has plagued his game for several years.
“I just want to have a good week,” added the three-time Major winner. “If I can win, obviously, that would be absolutely wonderful.