Ernie Els. (Photograph by Warren Little/Getty Pictures)
South African golfer Ernie Els has received the PGA Tour Champions’ SAS Championship.
Els birdied the ultimate two holes to carry off Scotland’s Colin Montgomerie.
It is the 50-year-old Els’ second PGA Tour Champions title.
Star South African golfer Ernie Els has received his second PGA Tour Champions title after a one-stroke victory within the SAS Championship at Prestonwood Nation Membership in North Carolina.
Els birdied the ultimate two holes, working in a 40-footer within the rain on the final, for a 6-under 66 and a one-stroke victory over Scotlands Colin Montgomerie on Sunday.
The 50-year-old made the lengthy putt on the par-Four 18th three weeks after lacking a 2-foot putt on the ultimate gap of the PURE Insurance coverage Championship at Pebble Seaside to complete a stroke out of a playoff.
“It is a loopy sport,” Els advised the PGA Tour Champions’ official web site. “A few weeks in the past I missed a really brief putt to get in a playoff and at this time I make a 40-footer. Determine that one out.”
American Jim Furyk missed an opportunity to change into the primary participant to win his first three PGA Tour Champions occasions, closing with a 70 to tie for ninth at eight underneath – 4 strokes behind Els. Furyk received at Warwick Hills and Pebble Seaside.
Els received for the second time in his first 10 begins on the PGA Tour Champions. The South African star, a four-time main champion with 19 common PGA Tour titles, completed at 12-under 204.
He pointed to placing assist from fellow participant Mark O’Meara.
“Simply by likelihood I noticed him on the placing inexperienced the opposite day and we simply began chatting a bit of bit,” Els stated.
“He makes use of the identical putter that I exploit, so we began speaking a bit of bit and I stated, ‘Hey, take a look right here.’ I did not have an incredible expertise at Pebble clearly a pair weeks in the past. He checked out me, and he’s an incredible putter and understanding a person that lengthy, he gave me a pleasant help. He advised me what he felt I ought to do and right here I’m. So, I owe Mark O’Meara.”
Els tied Montgomerie, taking part in three teams behind, with the birdie on the par-5 17th and pulled forward on 18.
“I had 64 in thoughts,” Els stated. “Particularly on the ultimate spherical, the fellows, there have been so many guys bunched. I used to be coming from 6 underneath, I reckoned 14 underneath was perhaps a great rating, however then the situations helped out and it grew to become actually powerful. So, 66 simply squeaked in there.”
Montgomerie, tied for the second-round lead with Darren Clarke and Woody Austin, parred the ultimate 4 holes – giving himself little likelihood on 18 when he hit his 190-yard strategy 50 ft left. He shot a 70.
Vijay Singh (70) was third at 10 underneath. Austin (72) was 9 underneath with Gene Sauers (67), Robert Karlsson (68), Kirk Triplett (69) and David Toms (71). Clarke (74) tied for 11th at 7 underneath.