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Tour Report: Els’ 29 a good omen?

It’s been quite a season for Ernie Els. And he’s not done yet, either.

Els carded a 7-under 29 on his front nine en route to a 9-under 63 at the HSBC Champions on Friday in China. He’s five shots behind leader Louis Oosthuizen.

The 29 would have matched the career-best nine-hole score Els shot at the 2002 British Open — but the HSBC is a non-sanctioned event. His 29 at the 2002 British also came on the front nine and also in the second round. Els won that week. Will history repeat itself at this week’s HSBC?

Els, who rallied to win the 2012 British Open, has nine top 25s and five top 10s on the PGA TOUR this season.

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