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
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