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Ernie Els looks to New Orleans to rejuvenate season

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South Africa's Ernie Els is hoping to turn his season around at this week's Zurich Classic after enduring a below-par start to 2014. 

Els, 44, has won four major titles including two British Opens - most recently in 2012 - but ever since he lost to France's Victor Dubuisson in the semi finals of the World Match Play in February, he has failed to finish in the top 10 anywhere else. 

He missed the cut at the Masters, missed two cuts of three tournaments played in March and has only finished inside the top 50 once in his last two months on Tour. 

Last week, he managed to make the weekend but limped to a tied-64th finish. 

Els told reporters on the eve of the tournament: "Although this is my fifth straight week on the road, I just want to channel all my energies into this. 

"I'd like to see if I can kick-start my season and get something going here."

The Big Easy now heads to a city that shares his nickname - something he believes is a lucky omen - in the hope of turning his fortunes around. In his last two starts in New Orleans the South African has finished a combined 31-under par.

"In the recent past, that has been something of a good omen for me," he added. 

"The vibe here in New Orleans is good and the galleries are fantastic." 

Els narrowly missed out on claiming this title in 2012 when he lost out to Jason Dufner in a playoff after both finished a staggering 19-under, and he followed that up the year after with another solid showing in the Southern American state of Louisiana. 

The two-time US Open winner's last win on the PGA Tour - not including his Open Championship win over Adam Scott - came four years back at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. 

At 44, his best days of golf are behind him, but he showed back in 2012 that there is life in him yet as he claimed the fourth major title of his stellar career. 

The 19-time PGA Tour winner added: "I've been 19-under [in 2012] when I lost in a payoff to Jason Dufner, and 12-under [in 2013]. That's a tidy scoring average of around 68, which reflects my fondness for this golf course."

He will partner England's Justin Rose - who is one of only three Englishmen in the field alongside Paul Casey and Brian Davis - and American David Toms in round one at TPC Louisiana. 

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