Player pulling for fellow South African Els


Nine-time major champion Gary Player is pulling for a pair of veterans to win the 112th U.S. Open on Sunday at The Olympic Club. 

'Obviously I'd like to see Ernie Els be a South African winner,' Player said Sunday on 'Morning Drive,' 'but if I didn't have Ernie Els, if anybody really and truly deserves to win a major, it's Lee Westwood.'

Els and Westwood each trail co-leaders Jim Furyk and Graeme McDowell by three shots at 2 over par through three rounds.

Tiger Woods stumbled on Saturday, shooting 5-over 75 to fall five behind the lead pair. Player, the 1965 U.S. Open champion, thinks Woods is among those still with a chance.

'I think he played extremely well the first two days,' he said. 'Yesterday was unfortunate he scored the way he did, but he's still very well in it. I think anybody at 5 over par, with the course being as tricky as it is, has a very good chance.'