ERNIE ELS warns Tiger Woods WILL be a threat at Augusta this week — as he could wear a blindfold and still play the course better than most top golfers!
Els, 49, was one of the men to suffer most when Woods was overpowering courses and rivals while racking up 14 Major victories, including four Masters titles, between 1997 and 2008.
He admits Tiger is not the same irresistible force now at 43 — but says anyone under-rating him is asking for trouble.
The South African said: “Tiger hasn’t really fired yet this year.
“But he can play that course blindfolded and he’ll still shoot even par.
“He’s still got more than enough game to win.
“I don’t think he’s going to feel like he’s under pressure the way a lot of the guys are.
“He’s got four Green Jackets, so if he wins a fifth then great. If he doesn’t, fair enough.
“And a relaxed Tiger could be more dangerous than the fiercely-driven player we used to see.”
Els also gave his verdict on Rory McIlroy’s chances of a career Grand Slam at Augusta.
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He said: “I like Rory’s chance more and more with each passing year. He still hasn’t reached 30, so he’s got loads of time on his hands.
“I like how he’s mellowed and learned not to put too much pressure on himself. I loved the way he got his win at the Players Championship, refusing to beat himself up after finishing in the top six every week he pulled a club out of the bag.
“That said a lot about how mature he is these days. I think he could end up like Mickelson. When he gets over the line, he’s going to win quite a few.”
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