Golf - Tiger's better off without a coach, says Els

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Golf - Tiger's better off without a coach, says Els
(FILES) This July 16, 2014 file photo shows US golfer Tiger Woods (R) as he works with his coach Sean Foley during practice at Royal Liverpool Golf Course in Hoylake, north west England. Tiger Woods has split with coach Sean Foley, the 14-time major champion said on his website on August 25, 2014. "I'd like to thank Sean for his help as my coach and for his friendship," Woods said in announcing the move. "Presently, I do not have a coach, and there is no timetable for hiring one," added Woods, who has been hindered by injury throughout the 2014 season. The 38-year-old missed the cut at the PGA Championship this month, a week after withdrawing from the World Golf Championships event in Akron, Ohio, with similar trouble. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS (AFP Photo/PAUL ELLIS)

- Ernie Els said Wednesday Tiger Woods should forget about hiring a new coach after splitting with Sean Foley and could return to major-winning form on his own.

South African Els said injury-hit Woods, 38, was still capable of returning to the top of world golf.

"I don't think it's the passing of the torch yet," Els said during a phone conference ahead of October's Venetian Macau Open, which he is headlining.

"Because I know where I am at 44, and Tiger's not 40 yet.

"He's young enough, he's strong enough. He's had some really bad injuries. But if he's healthy, he's shown that he can win," said Els.

"I think he doesn't need a coach. He needs maybe a friend of his to lay eyes on him all the time just to check his fundamentals," said Els.


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