Sport24.co.za | Els expects McIlroy and Stone shootout


Sport24.co.za | Els expects McIlroy and Stone shootout
  1. Sport24.co.za | Els expects McIlroy and Stone shootout
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    Ernie Els is expecting the SA Open to be a straight shootout between Rory McIlroy and Brandon…
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Cape Town - Ernie Els is expecting the SA Open to be a straight shootout between Rory McIlroy and Brandon Stone.

McIlroy will be teeing off in his first event of the year after a superb end to the season, where he won twice and earned two other top 10 finishes in his last five outings of 2016.

Meanwhile, defending champion Brandon Stone will be eager to keep the silverware on South African shores.

"Brandon won the last event he played and he's the defending champion here, so he's got a lot of confidence going," said Els, who is playing and hosting the event. 

"I think it will be a wonderful match-up if it happens on Sunday. The first two rounds, you're really just playing for position. But they'll be watching each other and obviously Brandon wants to start emulating what Rory's done, so it will be a really good learning curve for him."

In terms of the course, Els revealed that the Glendower course is looking in sterling condition, with soft greens likely to lead to many birdies. 

"It's soft and long,…

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