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Tuesday June 25, 2013

The Big Easy creates history in Munich

MUNICH: Reigning British Open champion Ernie Els led from start to finish to capture the BMW International Open in Munich on Sunday.

Els, 43, nicknamed the Big Easy, became the oldest-ever winner of the event posting a last round three-under 69 to win by a shot on 18-under.

Denmark’s Thomas Bjorn, winner of the event 13 years ago, was left to count the costs of a 14th hole double bogey in signing for a score of 69 for an 18-under total.

The win is Els’ 68th worldwide and comes just four weeks before the defence of his British Open title at Muirfield where he will return today for a practice round and a first visit since capturing the 2002 Open and the third of four Major victories.

“Winning this championship will just give me so much confidence going into the Open Championship,” he said.

“Winning wire-to-wire means you have all the pressure of sleeping each night on the lead and with guys chasing you, so it’s been quite a week for me as there was some really great players in the field.”

“But it’s just great to finally get my name on this wonderful trophy.” . — AFP

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