Throughout Woods' career there has been much talk regarding whether or not he would break Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 major championships. However, with the American's career appearing to be on the decline after a number of injuries and blowups on and off the course, with his last major coming at the US Open in 2008.
As a result, attentions have now turned to the new dominant force in golf, Rory McIlroy.
With just four majors to his name, McIlroy is some way off matching Woods, but there can be little doubt that the Ulsterman is only getting better, and with this in mind Els is backing the world number one to better the American's tally.
‘When you think how young he is, he’s got 20 years to reach my age and I still feel I can win one or two more," Els told the Daily Mail.
"I think Rory's got so much control over his life now, both on and off the course, that he can pick up one major every two years for the next 20 years."
"He's definitely good enough. That would give him 14, and I think he will get to that total. At least."
McIlroy himself was not quite so keen to start making predictions.
"One every two years? I'd like to think so, but it's hard to know," McIlroy said. "I certainly expect to give myself plenty of chances. But I'm not going to put a number on it."