This Week at WorldGolf.com: Oct. 16, 2007
Ernie Els must fly in to save golf in '08
Can you imagine Tiger Woods following up a big win by jetting over to Nagano or Salt Lake City to give the U.S. Hockey Team a pep talk before the medal round?
A golf writer would have a better chance of getting invited onto Tiger's yacht for one of his 32 weekends off a year.
But that's essentially what Ernie Els did after winning the World Match Play Championship over the weekend. The Big Easy breezed into Paris (okay, it wasn't exactly Utah) to give the South Africa team a little pep talk before the Rugby World Cup finale.
That's Els. He's one of the most unique megastar athletes in the world. Els still sometimes acts like a wide-eyed fan himself (of soccer and rugby), even as he flies everywhere in his own GulfStream 5. Els is as human as John Daly without all the out-of-control gambling, wasted talent and contrived "regular guy" rep.
If Daly is golf's version of Brett Favre, Els is its Dan Marino, downgraded because he's not supposed to have won enough big ones and for being a little cocky despite this. As opposed to falsely humble.
If you're looking forward to an interesting 2008 golf season, it's all about Els. The most exciting player in golf not named Tiger Woods just needs to play like it when the real Tiger's in the field.
There have been enough tease challenges from Phil Mickelson. Beating Tiger in one FedEx Cup tournament and then running away the next week is no sign of anything but the usual.
It's on Els. If you watched him this summer you slowly saw the fearless gunner who can run off a string of eagles on par 5s returning. Over the weekend, Els finally found his putting stroke.
If he packs it on the GulfStream often enough next year, the season's interesting. If not ... well, you're left with Hillary-Rudy.
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