Ernie Els won the HSBC World Match Play Championship, for the seventh time, and landed the richest prize in Golf of £1million. Over the four days Angel Cabrera had looked a more likely winner, but Ernie’s continuing good form saw him through a final day of 36 holes, which petered out in a bit of an anti climax, winning 6 & 4.
The competition took place on the West Course at Wentworth, a course which Els helped re-design and where a stray drive, might have left him in his own back yard, by the sixteenth fairway on the Wentworth Estate – clearly no stranger then to the course or the prize money, having now picked up in excess of £4million.
Els was probably thankful of an early finish, because no sooner had the award ceremony closed, he then hopped onto a private jet, to make the short journey across to Paris for the Rugby World Cup, Semi-Final – and another South Africa/Argentina clash…..as in the golf, South Africa triumphed and go on to meet England in Saturday’s final.
Also at the weekend the Northern Irish teenager, Rory McIlroy put in another creditable performance by finishing joint fourth in the Madrid Open. McIlroy admits he’s, “done very well…over the last few weeks” (he’s pocketed £187,000, in less than a month as a Professional), and now moves on to the Portugal Masters for his fifth, Pro event.
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