Els wins European top award

LONDON: South African Ernie Els has won the European PGA Player of the Year award for the second successive year. 

The 34-year-old world No 3 won five individual titles on the European Tour in 2003 and captured the Order of Merit for the first time. 

He won seven times worldwide and four of his five EPGA victories were worth 2,975,374 euros to clinch the Order of Merit. 

Els succeeded fellow South African Retief Goosen as winner of the Harry Vardon Trophy after a season in which he won the Heineken Classic and Johnnie Walker Classic in Australia. He also won the award last year after clinching the British Open for the first time. – Agencies 

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