• Ernie wins SAS Champs

    Ernie Els
    Ernie Els

    Ernie Els claimed his second victory on the PGA Tour Champions by winning the SAS Championship by one stroke on Sunday.

    Els produced a grandstand finish by birdieing the final two holes, including a monster 40-foot putt on the 18th to move into the lead.

    His six-under-par 66 for the final round was enough for him to edge in front of Scotland’s Colin Montgomery, who almost looked set to walk away with the victory.

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    The four-time Major champion, who won with a winning score of 12 under par for the event, credited an improvement in his putting, which was apparently inspired by Mark O’Meara.

    ‘Just by chance I saw him on the putting green the other day and we just started chatting a little bit,’ Els said.

    ‘He uses the same putter that I use, so we started talking a little bit and I said, “Hey, have a look here.” I didn’t have a great experience at Pebble obviously a couple weeks ago. He looked at me, and he’s a great putter and knowing a man that long, he gave me a nice assist. He told me what he felt I should do and here I am. So, I owe Mark O’Meara.’

    Els’ incredible clutch putt on the final hole gave him a clubhouse lead, while waiting for Montgomerie to come home.

    ‘I had 64 in mind,’ Els said. ‘Especially on the final round, the guys, there were so many guys bunched. I was coming from six under, I reckoned 14 under was maybe a good score, but then the conditions helped out and it became really tough. So, 66 just squeaked in there.’

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