Ernie Els :: Rory 'could've been the Seve'

2015 05 474839676
• Ernie Els says Rory McIlroy should've been 'the Seve'
• Claims European Tour should've done more to keep him
• The South African is playing in his first Irish Open for 17 years

ERNIE ELS | RORY MCILROY

Ernie Els has claimed that world No.1 Rory McIlroy shouldn’t have been allowed to leave for the USA and should’ve been used by the European Tour as ‘the Seve’.


The 45-year-old is competing in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open this week – hosted by the Rory Foundation – and revealed that star players getting behind tournaments, such as Ian Poulter also being key to the return of the British Masters, is great for raising the profile of the tour.

And the four-time major winner went even further, saying that the European Tour should’ve done more to keep McIlroy from heading over to the PGA Tour, likening the 26-year-old to Seve Ballesteros.
"I would’ve kept him here and made him the Seve" - Ernie Els

“If I was head of the tour, I would’ve made some plan to keep Rory McIlroy in Europe,” said Ernie Els. “I would not have let him go to the US and would’ve kept him here and made him the Seve.

“I think he could be like a Seve because he’s so exciting to watch, he’s a pretty happy kid, he does good things off the course and he’s got his stuff together.

“To have a person like that on the European Tour for most of his career is something I would’ve absolutely made happen. I don’t care how much it would’ve cost, I would’ve made it happen. But it is what it is.”

CONTINUES BELOW...

BMW PGA Championship - Day Two

Els’ appearance at Royal County Down is his first at an Irish Open for 17 years, and he admitted it was great to be back in the country, but not just for the golf!

“I love the people and think we have a lot in common, you guys and us South Africans,” said Els. “Obviously Guinness comes to mind, kind of top of the list, but now I’m getting a little on, I can’t handle the Guinness so well any more!”

Ernie Els on Rory :: Your thoughts


Should more have been done to keep Rory playing primarily on the European Tour? Leave your thoughts in the ‘Comments’ section below.

Share this Article

share-logo
twitter-logo facebook-logo

Latest Videos See all videos right arrow

play button
TITLEIST TOUR SPEED – Better than the Pro V1???
Titleist
play button
THE SIMPLE WAY TO HIT A LOB SHOT | GOLF EXPLAINED
Golf Lessons
play button
TaylorMade MG2 TW Grind Wedges – Tiger Woods’ secret short game weapon
TaylorMade
play button
A simple drill for perfect timing | IMG Academy
Golf Lessons
See all videos right arrow

Golf News

Ryder Cup star Tony Finau "being sued for $16million"
The World Handicap System: Everything you need to know
Want to work in golf? This is the website for you...
Tour reverses decision to let fans attend Scottish Open
"There's no way it could have happened" - Padraig Harrington has no regrets over Ryder Cup postponement

Other Top Stories

Tiger Woods: Inside his $41million Florida mansion
The very best pubs in St Andrews
The Scottish Golf Course Emoji Quiz!
24 lies every bad golfer tells
Doug Sanders: The extraordinary life of golf's original playboy

Quick Fault 'n' Fixes See all videos right arrow

play button
How to square the clubface at impact
Callaway
play button
Denis Pugh’s power secrets
Watch
play button
Don’t shift your weight off the ball
Watch
play button
The right address is the basis of every good golf swing
Watch
See all videos right arrow