LONDON: World number two Ernie Els is confident he will be fit for next week's US Masters after recovering from a wrist injury.
The British Open champion, who has won four titles this year in seven starts, injured his right wrist three weeks ago while using a punching bag in his garage at his Wentworth home outside London.
He pulled out of last week's Players Championship at Sawgrass and is now on holiday with his family in the Bahamas.
“My main priority has been to take care of the wrist, by receiving regular treatment and doing all the things I'm supposed to do in order to get it better,” Els said on his official website.
“It's coming on just fine, pretty much as expected, so it shouldn't interrupt my build-up (for the Masters) in any way.
“It's been a little frustrating ... golf-wise ... not being able to do exactly what I want.
“But I should be back to normal by the end of this week, by which time I'll be gearing myself up for Augusta.”
The Masters, the first of the year's four majors, takes place at Augusta National from April 10-13.
The wrist injury was a problem for the 33-year-old South African at the PGA Tour's Bay Hill Invitational two weeks ago, when he carded a final round of five-over 77 and tied for 38th at even-par 288.
He had been expected to duel with Tiger Woods for the title, but ended up 19 shots behind the world number one, who won the tournament for the fourth straight year.
“Obviously, it was very disappointing having to withdraw from a prestigious tournament like the TPC (Players Championship), but I managed to watch some of the last two days' coverage on television,” added Els.
“I was very impressed with Davis Love's golf on the final day.
“Shooting 64 on Sunday is good going in any tournament, but on that golf course, knowing how tough it is and on a breezy day as well, eight under par is phenomenal.” – Reuters