It may be over eight years since Tiger Woods won his 14th major but Ernie Els believes the 41-year-old can still add to his tally.
Woods has not triumphed in a major since the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, a tournament he won following a play-off with Rocco Mediate.
Since that success Woods has regularly struggled with injury, leading many to question whether he can compete at the highest level again.
Els is not one of those doubters, however, and the South African believes Woods’ appearance at the Farmers Insurance Open later this month, set to be his first in 2017, could be the start of a revival for the former world number one.
“I am in my late 40s and he is just getting into them. There have been a few cases where we have won majors in our 40s, it doesn’t happen that often but it does happen,” Els was quoted as telling reporters ahead of the Singapore Open.
“If players like myself, Darren Clarke and Mark O’Meara won [majors] in our 40s, surely Tiger thinks he can do it too. I am sure it’s on his agenda.
“Mentally, he is as strong as anybody but he needs to find some momentum at his favorite events and, if he gets that, he can start believing again. I would love to see him play like he did back in the 90s, but I am not sure that is going to happen.
“There’s a lot of excellent players out there, some of them playing great golf, so it will be great to see if Tiger can get back in the mix at some of the big events and create even more of a buzz.”