Monday, July 22, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 157



Woods' choke makes way for someone 'Els'

By Christian Schmidt
The Daily Cougar

Ernie Els nearly lost the British Open with some bad play on the back nine on Sunday. He struggled to make a four-way playoff with former Cougar
golfer Steve Elkington, Stuart Appleby and little-known Frenchman Thomas Levet.

Els won the tournament with five straight pars, though they could hardly be described as average.

On the eighteenth, in the midst of a sudden death hole, Els hit into a bunker near the green. With little room to swing, he hit the ball with all his
strength, sending the ball just five feet from the hole. Els calmly put in the putt, winning the third major of his career.

Levet, a stroke ahead for most of the four-hole playoff, made a crucial error as he stepped up to the eighteenth tee. 

Levet drove the ball into the rough, and was lucky to bogey the hole, allowing Els to make a move.

Elkington, who has one major to his name, played well to make the playoff, but quickly hit a bogey to effectively take himself out of the running. 

Stuart Appleby could manage only a bogey on the final hole.

Tiger Woods, going for his third straight major victory, was in the running until Saturday, when the weather and poor putting resulted in a 10-over-par
81, the worst round of his professional career.

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