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Ernie eyes Oakmont surprise

Ernie Els believes his game is in good enough shape to claim a third US Open crown at Oakmont.

The South African has struggled at times over the last year, recording just one top-25 this season on the PGA Tour, while he also missed the cut last week at the St Jude Classic.

Els remains confident about his chances of success this week and knows he can get the job done if he gets in the right position come Sunday.

The Big Easy has four major titles to his name, two of which came at the US Open in 1994 and 2007.

At 46 and with his form apparently dwindling, Els is seen as an outsider coming into the week, but, despite this, he believes he has the game to succeed in Pennsylvania.

He told his official website: “You have to maintain your belief and just keep grinding, keep working hard on your game as I am at the moment, because honestly things can click together in the space of one round.”

“It happened when I won the 1997 US Open. I’d missed the cut at the Kemper Open the week before, but as soon as I arrived at Congressional I started hitting it great and, well, the rest is history.”

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