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16 February 2003

OMEGA ambassador Ernie Els wins Johnie Walker Classic by 10 strokes.


– OMEGA ambassador Ernie Els proved once again that he is on top form, winning for the fourth time in five tournaments this year. His latest victory came in the Johnnie Walker Classic today. <br/> <br/>

Els had a 29-under 259 total on the Lake Karrinyup course to break the European Tour's 72-hole record for relation to par of 27 under set by Jerry Anderson in the 1984 European Masters.

Els opened with 64, shot a 65 on Friday and added another 64 on Saturday to take a nine-stroke lead at 23 under into Sunday's final round.

The OMEGA ambassador was understandably delighted with his performance. "The way I'm playing now is some of the best golf I've ever played. The whole package is pretty good at the moment".

Els began the year shattering the PGA Tour's 72-hole scoring record with a 31-under total in an eight-stroke victory in the Mercedes Championships. He then won the Sony Open in Hawaii and came second the following week in the Singapore Masters. After this, he successfully defended the Heineken Classic title two weeks ago in Melbourne, overcoming a 10-stroke deficit.

OMEGA congratulates Ernie on his latest victory and looks forward to celebrating many further successes with this star ambassador in the near future.