Jim Furyk missed the chance to become the first player to win his first three PGA Tour Champions events, finishing on a 70 to finish ninth on 8 under four strokes behind Els. Furyk won at Warwick Hills and Pebble Beach.
Els won for the second time in his first 10 starts on the 50-and-over tour. The South African star, a four-time major champion with 19 PGA Tour titles, finished at Prestonwood Country Club aged 12-204. He indicated that help from Mark O’Meara should be provided.
Full field results from the SAS championship
“I just happened to see him on the putting green the other day and we just started chatting,” said Els. “He’s using the same putter as me, so we had a chat and I said, ‘Hey, take a look here. ‘I obviously didn’t have a great experience at Pebble a couple of weeks ago. He looked at me and he’s a great putter and known a man for so long that he gave me some nice support. He told me what to do and here I am. So I owe Mark O’Meara. ”
Els joined Montgomerie, played three groups behind him with the birdie on par-5 17th and advanced with the long putt on par-4 18th.
“I had 64 in mind,” said Els. “Especially on the last lap, the boys, there were so many boys together. I got under from 6, I thought 14 under might be a good result but then the conditions helped and it got really tough. So 66 just squealed in there. ”
Taking the lead on the second round with Darren Clarke and Woody Austin, Montgomerie parried the last four holes – and barely stood a chance at 18 when he hit his 190-yard approach 50 feet from target. He shot a 70.
Vijay Singh (70) took third place with 10. Austin (72) was 9 under with Gene Sauers (67), Robert Karlsson (68), Kirk Triplett (69) and David Toms (71). Clarke (74) finished 11th at 7 under.
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