Sunday, October 14

Ernie Els Wins Seventh World Match Play Title

Ernie cruises. (Brian Doyle/Flickr)


Do you have a favorite course, a track where you always play well and expect to win?

Me neither.

But Ernie Els does. It’s Wentworth, not far from his London home.

On Sunday the Big Easy won World Match Play title No. 7 at Wentworth by putting a 6 and 4 hurt on U.S. Open champion Angel Cabrera. (It was a 36-hole final.)

“I wish I could move Wentworth around the world with me," Els was quoted as saying by BBC Sport. "It's absolutely a dream come true. In my wildest dreams, I would not have dreamt I could win it seven times.”

If you read Ernie’s blog earlier in the week, then you knew he liked his chances. An excerpt:
Everyone knows this is one of my favourite weeks of the year, the HSBC World Match Play at Wentworth – a home game, so to speak.

As I was saying earlier in this report, I’m driving the ball great and my game is in good shape. Obviously, I always feel very comfortable on this golf course and if I can just get the putter working then I’ve got a great chance to win my seventh match play title.
Cabrera walked away with a fat second-place check and is still on a U.S. Open high.

“2007 has been a great year for me,” he said. “Winning the U.S. Open has changed my life.”

The Armchair Golfer

1 comment :

Paul said...

Ernie's home is actually on the Wentworth estate, by the 16th. Fairway - although I don't remember if it's the East or West, course.