"When Phil's at his best, I'm thinking nobody can beat him," Pelz said.
Does Pelz's bold pronouncement include a certain player who has won 50 PGA Tour titles and 11 majors?
"You bet it does," Pelz said. "If Phil's long swing is good, his short game, I believe, is the best in the world. He doesn't have a serious weakness inside 150 yards.
"I'm not saying Tiger's short game is bad. He has a great short game. But I think Phil putts more consistently than Tiger does. He has more imagination and a few more shots around the green."
Pelz adds one caveat.
"The question is, how often is Phil on his best game?" he said.
Carnoustie possesses the most majestic and humiliating golf course in the world, though which wind the evil, serpentine coils of the Barry Burn. The stream is the grave of a million hopes. What queues of ghosts must parade there nightly, to wring fleshless hands over that fatal short approach, or to grope in the turf for the fragments of turn scorecards. R.J.B. SELLAR