After suffering from a long drought of two years, Ernie Els proved to his protege from South Africa what it takes to be a winner of a World Golf Championship title. As important as that victory was to his protege, it was also important to Els that he could still win again.
Els played well at the final 23 holes without a single bogey and was able to close the match with 6-under 66, winning the CA Championships – four shots over close competitor, Charl Schwartzel.
The 25 year-old Schwartzel was actually participating for the first time on a world stage. He refused to let Els go farther away from him, but Els clung hard to the one-shot lead that he had over the 25-foot par putt starting at the 14th hole.
For the past few weeks, Schwartzel spent some time as Els houseguest, and did wonderfully except when he had a bad break at the 15th hole. This was when his ball plugged at a front bunker, which he then knocked into a back bunker when he was working his way into a crucial bogey. He also missed some short putts on the succeeding two rounds, closing with 70.
Regarding his win, Els said, “I’m 40 years old. I’ve had a tough run… Whew! The hairs are standing up. It’s just great.”
Els’ last victory was two years ago while at the Honda Classic. He joined players such as Tiger Woods, Geoff Ogilvy, Darren Clarke, and Phil Mickelson as the fifth player to enjoy multiple victories in World Golf Championships.