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I'm playing against animals, jokes Els after Colsaerts rocket

Published on Jan 11, 2013 8:32 AM
 
This handout photo released by the Asian Tour on Dec 14, 2012 shows Ernie Els of South Africa playing a shot during the second round of the 2012 Iskandar Johor Open at Horizon Hills Golf and Country Club in Johor Bahru. Els got his first close-up view of the world's longest professional hitter Nicolas Colsaerts at the Volvo Golf Champions on Thursday and the 43-year-old was stunned by his Belgian playing partner's power. -- PHOTO: AFP

DURBAN (REUTERS) - Four-times major winner Ernie Els got his first close-up view of the world's longest professional hitter Nicolas Colsaerts at the Volvo Golf Champions on Thursday and the 43-year-old was stunned by his Belgian playing partner's power.

"They should put a plaque down. I was coming from a different zip code and I've got to compete against these animals," joked Els after the first round in Durban.

Colsaerts led the driving distances on the European and Professional Golfers Association (PGA) tours in 2012 with a staggering average of 318.6 yards, ranking over three yards ahead of United States (US) Masters champion Bubba Watson.

"I've been coming here since 1986 I think and I've never seen a ball there - nobody has," said Els of the European Ryder Cup player's booming 419-yard drive at the downwind par-five third.

 
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