Ernie Els wins Heineken Classic

South African Ernie Els leads from start to finish to win the Heineken Classic golf tournament.

updated: February 25, 2007 09:27 IST
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South African Ernie Els led from start to finish to claim the $1.3 million Heineken Classic at Royal Melbourne here today. The world number five closed with a three-under 69 to finish with 17-under 271 and beat British David Howell (68-70-70-68) and Australians Peter Fowler (69-70-70-67) and Peter O'Malley (68-68-70-70) by five strokes. Els took a four-shot lead into the final round and beat off various challenges from O'Malley, Greg Norman and Howell to pocket the $180,000 winners' cheque.