Ernie Els all but confirmed the worst when asked about the nature of Charl Schwartzel’s injury that has forced him on to the sidelines for the rest of the season.
‘I saw a Charl a week or so ago, his injury is pretty severe,’ said Els.
‘And I don’t think he’s going to be seen until the end of the year. I think he’s going to have to take a couple of months off. He’s got tendonitis.
‘His wrist is all banged up. So I think he’s doing the right thing to take time off.’
The injury ends any hope of Schwartzel featuring in his fifth straight Presidents Cup.
‘And I know he’s very disappointed that he’s not going to be able to play in the Presidents Cup or not be available. And I understand that. These things happen.’
The Big Easy, though, is confident that the Internationals will rally without the experience of the 2011 Masters champion.
‘But we’ve got an exciting team building. There’re a lot of youngsters, guys – a lot of us we haven’t even heard of, guys coming through and showing their hands. There’s a lot of interest from these young guys that want to make the team. We’ll miss Charl, but we’ll move on.’