Johannesburg - South African golfer Ernie Els paid tribute Nelson Mandela who died on Thursday.
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"He always felt proud of what the sporting athletes out of South Africa did for the country, you know, winning worldwide events," said the four-time major champion, who is playing at the Nedbank Challenge at Sun City, which started on Thursday.
Els is South Africa's most successful golfer since the nation's first democratic elections in 1994.
"He always felt very proud of that. When I won a lot of tournaments in the '90s and early part of the 2000s we spoke a lot on the telephone.
"Through that instance we had a really nice relationship.
"I haven't seen him for probably seven or eight years now. But we've always had a great relationship."