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Ernie Els claims 2nd PGA Tour Champions title

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Ernie Els. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
Ernie Els. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

South African golfer Ernie Els has won the PGA Tour Champions' SAS Championship.

Els birdied the final two holes to hold off Scotland's Colin Montgomerie.

It's the 50-year-old Els' second PGA Tour Champions title.


Star South African golfer Ernie Els has won his second PGA Tour Champions title after a one-stroke victory in the SAS Championship at Prestonwood Country Club in North Carolina.

Els birdied the final two holes, running in a 40-footer in the rain on the last, for a 6-under 66 and a one-stroke victory over Scotlands Colin Montgomerie on Sunday.

The 50-year-old made the long putt on the par-4 18th three weeks after missing a 2-foot putt on the final hole of the PURE Insurance Championship at Pebble Beach to finish a stroke out of a playoff.

"It's a crazy game," Els told the PGA Tour Champions' official website. "A couple of weeks ago I missed a very short putt to get in a playoff and today I make a 40-footer. Figure that one out."

American Jim Furyk missed a chance to become the first player to win his first three PGA Tour Champions events, closing with a 70 to tie for ninth at 8 under - four strokes behind Els. Furyk won at Warwick Hills and Pebble Beach.

Els won for the second time in his first 10 starts on the PGA Tour Champions. The South African star, a four-time major champion with 19 regular PGA Tour titles, finished at 12-under 204.

He pointed to putting help from fellow player 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 tied Montgomerie, playing three groups behind, with the birdie on the par-5 17th and pulled ahead on 18.

"I had 64 in mind," Els said. "Especially on the final round, the guys, there were so many guys bunched. I was coming from 6 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."

Montgomerie, tied for the second-round lead with Darren Clarke and Woody Austin, parred the final four holes - giving himself little chance on 18 when he hit his 190-yard approach 50 feet left. He shot a 70.

Vijay Singh (70) was third at 10 under. Austin (72) was 9 under with Gene Sauers (67), Robert Karlsson (68), Kirk Triplett (69) and David Toms (71). Clarke (74) tied for 11th at 7 under.

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