Els wins Grand Slam of Golf|
Southampton Parish, Bermuda (Sports Network) - Ernie Els has won the 2010 PGA
Grand Slam of Golf after rallying to post a two-under 69 in the second and
Els, a three-time major champion, birdied three of his final five holes to
finish at five-under 137 -- one stroke ahead of David Toms, the first-round
leader. Toms shot an even-par 71 on Wednesday.
PGA Championship winner Martin Kaymer and U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell
posted a 71 and 73, respectively, on Wednesday to finish in a tie for third at
Toms, the 2001 PGA champion who was added to the field when British Open
champion Louis Oosthuizen had to withdraw due to an ankle injury, had posted a
four-under 67 to take the first round lead.
"I felt like I didn't necessarily lose this thing," said Toms. "Ernie birdie-
ing 14, 15 and 16, the putt he made on 16, I'd say he won the tournament."
His second round began uneventfully, making pars on his first six holes. He
birdied the par-five seventh, but lost that stroke with a bogey on nine, and
made the turn still at four-under overall.
Els, who replaced Masters winner Phil Mickelson because of tendinitis, began
his round at three-under but bogeyed the first. He also birdied the seventh
and bogeyed the ninth to make the turn at two-under.
Els climbed within one of Toms with a birdie at the 11th, though Toms birdied
the 12th to restore a two-stroke lead.
It looked dismal for Els when he stumbled to a bogey at the 13th, but he
started his charge at the par-four 14th, sinking a 12-footer to pull within
two shots again.
Toms saved for par at the 14th, but bogeyed the next hole as Els sank a birdie
putt to draw even at four-under. Els then drained a long birdie putt at the
16th to pull ahead. "For some reason I felt very comfortable on the line,
over that putt," said Els. "I was putting into the wind, so I could really hit
it firm. I had a perfect line. Just one of those beautiful things, you know.
Just kept curling and went in the hole. It was a key moment." Both Els and
Toms parred the final two holes as the South African held on for the comeback
"I was struggling on the greens again today until let's say the last five, six
holes when I found something in my putting stroke," added Els. "My speed
came back. I made some really big putts. Those are the putts that I was
missing almost a day and a half, then started dropping, and that was the
Kaymer posted four birdies, but also bogeyed four holes to finish even.
McDowell was sitting at two-under through his first six holes, but a double-
bogey at the seventh followed by bogeys at No. 13 and 14 caused him to finish
his round at two-over.
NOTES: Toms finished second to Tiger Woods at this event in 2001...Els took
third place in 1994, then beat Woods by three shots in 1997...Kaymer and
McDowell made their first appearance at this tournament.
10/20 16:18:25 ET