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Thursday 23 March 2017

Els lesson for Major aces

ERNIE ELS and fellow PGA Tour 'old-timer' David Toms gave Europe's newest Major champions Martin Kaymer and Graeme McDowell a lesson in the art of finishing at the Grand Slam of Golf in Bermuda yesterday.

Els (41) pipped Toms (43), for the $600,000 (€430,000) first prize by one stroke after a second-round 69 at Port Royal left him on five-under-par, while Ryder Cup comrades Kaymer and McDowell pocketed $225,000 each in a tie for third on three-over.

Toms looked likely to hold on to his overnight lead as he chipped in for birdie at 12 and for par at 14. Yet Els conjured up a splendid hat-trick of birdies on the back nine to add a second 'Pink Jacket' to the one he won in 1997.

Kaymer landed two birdies in the final four holes of his level-par 71 to tie with McDowell, who signed for a 73 after running into serious bunker trouble for the second day in succession ... this time making double-bogey seven out of a greenside trap at hole seven.

Irish Independent

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