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Big news about my Foundation

On the Road with Ernie Els. The Ernie Els Foundation will amalgamate with the Fancourt Golf Foundation and move to a permanent new home at this prestigious resort in George. All 21 members of the Ernie Els Foundation, along with the Fancourt Foundation members, will move into purpose-built hostel accommodation from where they will attend local schools and follow a tailored golf programme at Fancourt's Golf Academy.

I was saying in one of my website reports a couple of weeks ago that we had some big news regarding the Ernie Els Foundation. Well, I can now give you the details. Basically, what's happening is my foundation will amalgamate with the Fancourt Golf Foundation and move to a permanent new home at this prestigious resort in George – which, of course, is only minutes from my home down there. All 21 members of the Ernie Els Foundation, along with the Fancourt Foundation members, will move into purpose-built hostel accommodation from where they will attend local schools and follow a tailored golf programme at Fancourt's Golf Academy. I couldn't be more pleased with this latest development and I want to thank Fancourt's owner Dr Hasso Plattner for sharing this vision and allowing us to make this happen. I mean, having the children all in one centre will give them the very best opportunities in life, whether it is on the golf course or in the classroom. The facilities at Fancourt are undoubtedly among the best in the world and the children will be given every opportunity to realise their potential, which is fantastic. It will become known as the Ernie Els & Fancourt Foundation and should be up and running by the beginning of 2006.
 
On to other news; I couldn't write a report this morning without saying congratulations to Michael Campbell for winning the HSBC World Matchplay Championship over the weekend. What a year it's been for him; winning the US Open in June and now this. I know how he feels. Man, he'll be on a high. I said in an interview with the BBC last week that he would be a contender at Wentworth, as his confidence was going to be up a few notches with a major win under his belt. And so it proved. Well done to him.
 
For my part, it was an interesting week being in the BBC commentary box. I had a lot of fun with the guys in there - Ken Brown, Peter Alliss and Sam Torrance. I think I did okay. I've not heard any complaints, so that's got to be a good sign…right? Still, I think I'd probably better not give up the day job just yet!
 

Coming up this week...
 
It's another big week in golf, with the President's Cup at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club at Lake Manassas in Virginia. There's nothing I'd love more than to be there playing on the team, but it's not to be. And as much as I want to be there to offer my support, it's tough to leave here at the moment, with the stage I'm at with my physio. I've got to really stick at it now. But obviously I want to say good luck to the guys. I've spoken to Gary Player in the last few weeks and they're really up for this one. They've got a great team; there's youth on the side, but also plenty of experience with the likes of Vijay and Retief - you know, the guys will be able to draw a lot from them; they're the leading members of the team.
 
It was a tie in Fancourt two years ago, and it's fair to say that no one on either team is going to want to share the honours again this time around. I really don't think there will be a lot in it, though. On paper it looks like two evenly-matched sides and I wouldn't be surprised if it went down to the wire again. We'll see. Hopefully our team can get the job done.
 
So, this week I'll be at home again, concentrating on my physio and physical work. I'm still having an hour's physio every day with Sophie, although when I saw her this morning she said that this week we'll be stepping it up to the next level.
 
Every other day I do a 90-minute workout in the gym with Josh here at Wentworth; it's a combination of cardio and upper-body strengthening exercises. I'm also doing some cycling. That's all going really well. As I've said before, this has to be the focus of my attentions right now and for the coming weeks. You can't be half-hearted with this kind of rehab.
 
In between sessions I have to try to rest and stay off my feet for long periods of time. It's given me an opportunity to catch up on some reading. Right now I'm in the middle of Ben Hogan's biography, which is very good. I'm really enjoying it. I watch some TV as well, mostly sport. I loved being able to follow the Ashes series; that was incredible. And you all know me by now; any sport at the highest level and I'm an interested spectator. There's always plenty to choose from, although obviously the President's Cup coverage will get priority this weekend.
 
Anyway, I'll call it a day there.
 
I'll be sure to write again soon.
 
Bye for now.

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