OMEGA ambassador Ernie Els managed set an aggressive start to the final round of the OMEGA European Masters, gaining four shots on yesterday's leader Eduardo Romero over the first four holes.
Finally getting to grips with the improved Severiano Ballesteros course, Els shot four consecutive birdies before coming unstuck on the 5th hole, where he successfully cleared the trees to place the ball right next to a concrete bench frame, requiring a drop ball behind the green on the 6th tee, from where he chipped in and saved par with a spectacular putt from 20 feet. Meanwhile, Els's playing partner Eduardo Romero missed two birdie putts on the 7th and 8th that could have helped him gain on Els. Any chance of the chasing pack gaining faded away on the final holes of the day, however, with Ernie chipping in to within centimetres on the 15th
for a birdie, followed by another on the 17th . He finished the tournament on -17, a clear six shots ahead of New Zealander Michael Campbell in second place. New OMEGA ambassador Sergio Garcia also put in a respectable final round of 70 (one under par) to take his score to -5.
The OMEGA European Masters was once again a complete success, attracting a record crowd of 46800 to the Crans-Montana resort over its four days. The result represents the end of a perfect tournament for title sponsor OMEGA, who, in addition to awarding two watches for spectacular holes-in-one, was particularly proud to present its own brand ambassador Ernie Els with the winner's trophy.
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