Player pulling for fellow South African Els
- By Ryan Ballengee
- Jun 17, 2012 11:44 AM ET
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."
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