Els: Tiger can still win a major in his 40′s
Age should not be the biggest hurdle between Tiger Woods and another major championship.
At least that’s the view of 47-year-old Ernie Els, the last player in his 40s to annex a major.
Tiger Woods celebrates another victory
As Woods gears his game for a comeback to the rigours of the US PGA Tour this week, Els says Tiger can do what everyone in golf is speculating about – win another major.
After all, Tiger is only 41 and Els was 42 when he won the 2012 British Open – and his win was the second in a run of three straight years where the Open went to a player in his 40s (Darren Clarke won at age 42 the year before and Phil Mickelson was also 42 when he won in 2013).
Of course it should be noted that injuries have plagued Woods and the superstar American has not won on the PGA Tour since taking out the 2013 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
Still Els thinks he can do it:
“There have been a few cases where we have won majors in our 40s,” said the popular South African who has four majors to his credit.
“It doesn’t happen all that often, but it does happen.”
“If players like myself, Darren Clarke and Mark O’Meara won in our 40s, surely Tiger thinks he can do it. I am sure it’s on his agenda.”
Woods certainly showed glimpses of his old self when he finished 15th out of 17 players in December’s Hero World Challenge.
That was the former long-running world No 1’s first competitive start in more than a year.
He’s scheduled to play in this week’s Farmers Insurance Open at one of his favourite tour stops, Torrey Pines in San Diego California.
That is expected to start a run of four worldwide starts over a five-week stretch.
That might give the world of glimmer of his chances in the majors.
Els says if Tiger starts believing in himself again anything can happen.
“Mentally, he is as strong as anybody, but he needs to find some momentum at his favourite events,” said Els.
“I would love to see him play like he did back in the ‘90s, but I am not sure that will happen.”