Darren Clarke can successfully defend his Open Championship crown next week, according to veteran Ernie Els.
Clarke, who is 150/1 to triumph at Royal Lytham & St Annes with bet365
, has been out of form this season and has made just one halfway cut.
However, Els believes he can't be ruled out of contention.
"I know he's struggling with his game, (but) I know he's not that far off," said the South African.
"He's got that great ball flight and if he gets that same talk he had last year (from American sports psychologist Bob Rotella) who knows? That could just swing things."
Els is hoping to make his mark on the tournament himself, having finished joint second on the course in 1996 and joint third in 2001.
The 42-year-old hasn't won a major in 10 years but was impressive at the US Open last month before eventually finishing ninth, and can be backed at 40/1 to win in Lancashire.
Meanwhile, Luke Donald is working on the mental side of his game as he bids to win his first major.
The world number one, who is 18/1 to break his duck at The Open, says he is determined to stay relaxed on the big stage.
"When I'm playing I'm laughing and joking, but I've realised that (at majors) I do get a little bit more anxious, a little bit more uptight, a little bit more agitated," said the 34-year-old.
"People around me notice it. I've got to try and control that and that's going to be the priority - go out there and try to play with a little bit more freedom, a little bit more fun.
"I've realised it for a while and it's just a constant process of trying to work on that and improve every time."