Ernie Els just about held onto his Munich Open lead despite massive amounts of pressure from Thomas Bjorn who was hot on Els’ heels for the last few holes. Els finished nicely with a birdie on the final hole to creep ahead of Bjorn and claim his victory with a one shot lead, rounding up a total score of 18 under par. Ernie Els has not been having the best year of his career so far with his first tournament being the worst finish for the South African of the year, ending tied in 33rd place in the WGC Matchplay tournament.
This is the first time Ernie Els has finished a tournament this year without being tied with another player. After a poor start to the year, his progress has been slowly getting better going from finishing 33rd in the WGC Matchplay, to joint 4th in the US Open and now winning his first tournament of the year. Between the WGC Matchplay and the US Open, he finished tied 28th, tied 13th and tied 6th in various tournaments. This victory is a great way for Ernie Els to step up his game before he attempts to defend his Open title in a months’ time at Muirfield.
Ernie Els will hope that this triumph in the Munich Open will put him in form giving him a better chance of defending his own title in the Open Championships. The South African admitted after his victory, “It’s been a long while. I’ve had a great weekend in Germany and tried a long time to win this golf tournament. I made it pretty tough for myself again. I stayed with the basics. It’s great to get my name on this wonderful trophy.”
Last year’s Open winner had gone into the final day sharing the lead with Alexander Noren and Alexander Levy, but as those competitors fell down the Munich Open table, Bjorn crawled his way up. There was only 6 holes remaining and Els and Bjorn were head to head before Bjorn double bogeyed giving Els the chance to storm ahead. The 28 time European Tour winner won the Munich Open with a birdie and later stated, “This is quite a week for me. There were a lot of strong players in the field. I’m really looking forward to Muirfield.”
Author Daniel Foster.
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