The Big Easy is delighted to be back playing links golf.

Last Updated: 03/10/12 6:07pm

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Ernie Els returns to Britain for Links Championship

Ernie Els returns to Britain for Links Championship

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Ernie Els has had a busy time since winning The Open Championship at Royal Lytham in July.

The South African has contested the final Major of the season in North Carlolina, the last WGC tournament of the year in Ohio, as well as the FedEx Cup play-offs which culminated in last month's Tour Championship.

But the 42-year-old admits he is happy to be back in Britain and playing links golf.

Els is delighted to be teeing-up at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland, where he will be competing over three of the game's finest venues - the Old Course at St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns.

Since winning The Open on the Lancashire coast Els has not posted a top-25 finish but he said: "It's great to be back.

"I haven't played links obviously since July, so I'm really looking forward to catching up with friends and hopefully playing good golf.

"I've been busy since The Open. This is my job but sometimes you just need a little bit of time off and I just haven't really had time to really reflect.

"I haven't really played great golf since then. After the win, maybe subconsciously, you just kind of switch off a little bit.

"But it's nice to come back to links golf, come back to Scotland, and who knows - it might just click here this week.

"This is a unique bonding week: Businessmen and sportsmen, legends from different sports getting together and playing golf on the links and some great dinners in the evening.

"It's a wonderful get together, basically. For the pros, it obviously gets quite serious over the weekend if you're in contention."

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