Published: 12:15 25/07/2012
Open champion Ernie Els is 30/1 to follow up his fourth major title with a win at the Canadian Open at Hamilton Golf and Country Club in Ontario this weekend.
The 42-year-old South African won his second Open Championship in dramatic fashion at Royal Lytham last Sunday, but didn’t think twice about honouring his commitment to the PGA Tour. Els cancelled his flight across the Atlantic to spend time celebrating with his family at Wentworth but it was back to business on Tuesday as he arrived in Ontario a little later than originally planned.
It took an incredible collapse from Adam Scott to allow Els his first major triumph in ten years, the Aussie threw away a four shot lead with four holes to play handing the Claret Jug to his good friend. Els had started in the penultimate group, six shots behind Scott and posted a two-under par 68 in blustery conditions. His 15-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole proved decisive and capped a marvelous week in which he became the eighth player to win a major across three different decades.
It was a fitting reward for Els who has kept plugging away at his game despite spending much of the last decade in the shadows. He’s showed signs on the Tour this year that his A-game was returning with four top 5 finishes and is second in the stats for ball striking this year.
The only player hitting it sweeter than Els is Hunter Mahan who finished in the top 20 at the Open and is 14/1 second favourite in Ontario. Matt Kuchar is the player bookmakers see as the one to beat, he’s 13/1 with Youwin. Kuchar is on a bit of roll at present, finishing in the top 10 at Lytham and lies sixth in the FedExCup rankings.
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