Ernie Els showed why he’s one of the best ball strikers of all-time as he picked up his 28th European Tour win in a brilliant wire-to-wire victory at the BMW International Open. The Big Easy battled fellow Callaway staffer Thomas Bjorn on Sunday and ultimately closed out a one-shot win just a week after he finished T4 at the U.S. Open.
Els trusted a full bag of Callaway equipment, including:
- RAZR Fit Xtreme Fairway Woods (3-wood and 5-wood)
- HEX Black Tour Ball
- X Utility Prototype Irons (21° and 24°),
- RAZR X Muscleback Irons (5-PW) and Jaws Wedges (52° and 60°)
- Odyssey Tank #7 Putter (with Versa Technology)
Els tested his 15° RAZR Fit Xtreme 3-wood and 18° RAZR Fit Xtreme 5-wood at Augusta in April. He told our reps then that the 18° model was much easier to work both ways compared to his old gamer, and the launch fit right in his visual window. His manager soon went back to the Callaway truck to tell our Tour Reps that Els loved the 5-wood, and wanted a 3-wood to match.
The Big Easy’s classic swing has been in great form, especially under pressure, and he led the BMW International Open field in greens in regulation at an astounding 88.9% for the week. He took the opening round lead after shooting a spectacular 63 on Thursday and followed up that performance with rounds of 69-69-69.
With his victory on Sunday, Els moved up to 4th in the European Tour’s Race to Dubai standings, and back into the top-15 on the Official World Golf Rankings. Now he’s one of the hottest players in the world as he gets set to defend his 2012 Open Championship win next month.
“It’s great to get my name on this wonderful trophy,” Els said after clinching the win. “Obviously it gives you a lot of confidence. Wire-to-wire you’ve got the pressure, every night you’ve got to sleep on it, guys are chasing you. So this is quite a week for me.” While Els was classy as always in victory, he received a number of compliments from his playing partner Bjorn.
“I fought all the way to the end,” said Bjorn, who played an X Hot Pro Fairway Wood (15°), an Odyssey Tank #7 Putter, and has now finished T4, 2nd and 2nd, respectively in his last three events. “When you go up against Ernie, you’ve got to take it 18 holes to the end.”
Ernie has now won at least one European Tour event in each of the last four years, which is tied for the Tour’s longest current run. This is also Els’ 68th worldwide win as a professional.
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