Ernie Els. (Picture by Warren Little/Getty Photographs)
South African golfer Ernie Els has gained the PGA Tour Champions’ SAS Championship.
Els birdied the ultimate phrase 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 gained his second PGA Tour Champions title after a one-stroke victory contained in the SAS Championship at Prestonwood Nation Membership in North Carolina.
Els birdied the ultimate phrase two holes, working in a 40-footer contained in the rain on the final word, for a 6-under 66 and a one-stroke victory over Scotlands Colin Montgomerie on Sunday.
The 50-year-old made the extended putt on the par-Four 18th three weeks after lacking a 2-foot putt on the ultimate phrase gap of the PURE Insurance coverage protection safety Championship at Pebble Seaside to complete a stroke out of a playoff.
“It is a loopy recreation,” Els instructed the PGA Tour Champions’ official internet web page. “Only a few weeks before now I missed a really quick putt to get in a playoff and at present I make a 40-footer. Determine that one out.”
American Jim Furyk missed a chance to show into the primary participant to win his first three PGA Tour Champions occasions, closing with a 70 to tie for ninth at eight beneath – 4 strokes behind Els. Furyk gained at Warwick Hills and Pebble Seaside.
Els gained 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 frequent PGA Tour titles, achieved at 12-under 204.
He pointed to placing assist from fellow participant Mark O’Meara.
“Simply by probability I noticed him on the placing inexperienced the choice day and we merely began chatting only a bit bit,” Els talked about.
“He makes use of the an similar putter that I exploit, so we began speaking only a bit bit and I mentioned, ‘Hey, take a look correct proper right here.’ I did not have a implausible expertise at Pebble clearly a pair weeks before now. He checked out me, and he’s a implausible putter and figuring out a person that extended, he gave me a pleasant help. He instructed me what he felt I need to do and correct proper 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 concepts,” Els talked about. “Considerably on the ultimate phrase spherical, the blokes, there have been so many guys bunched. I used to be coming from 6 beneath, I reckoned 14 beneath was perhaps rating, nonetheless then the circumstances helped out and it grew to develop to be actually robust. So, 66 merely squeaked in there.”
Montgomerie, tied for the second-round lead with Darren Clarke and Woody Austin, parred the ultimate phrase 4 holes – giving himself little probability on 18 when he hit his 190-yard methodology 50 ft left. He shot a 70.
Vijay Singh (70) was third at 10 beneath. Austin (72) was 9 beneath with Gene Sauers (67), Robert Karlsson (68), Kirk Triplett (69) and David Toms (71). Clarke (74) tied for 11th at 7 beneath.