Els offers simple Tiger advice to Canadian Weir

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MONTREAL, Sep 27 (Reuters) Ernie Els has seven words of advice for Canadian Mike Weir, who is widely expected to play Tiger Woods in the last-day singles at this week's Presidents Cup.

''Shoot 62 and hope for the best,'' South African Els told a news conference at Royal Montreal Golf Club yesterday on the eve of the biennial team competition between the United States and the Internationals.

''We've all had a chance to play against him and he's a difficult guy to play. At least Mike has the home crowd.'' Three-times major winner Els, a veteran of four Presidents Cups, lost to Woods 4&3 in a much anticipated singles encounter at the 2003 edition in South Africa.

''It didn't work out for me in South Africa, I was a bit off that day and he beat me down there,'' Els added. ''You've just got to play well against Tiger.'' Woods, the greatest player of his generation and arguably the best of all time, has not performed at his best in team competition since turning professional in 1996, especially in the Ryder Cup against Europe.

However, he has produced an impressive singles record at the Presidents Cup where he has triumphed three times and lost just once in four appearances.

His sole defeat came against South Africa's Retief Goosen in 2005 when he went down 2&1 at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Lake Manassas, Virginia.

''I putted very well when I played against him,'' twice US Open champion Goosen recalled of that victory.

''And that's pretty much what you'll have to do this week by the looks of it. The fairways here are generous and there's not a lot of rough out there so scoring's going to be good.'' The seventh Presidents Cup starts today with the opening six foursome matches.

REUTERS BJR KN1445

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