South Africa’s Ernie Els claimed an unprecedented third Dubai Desert Classic title after a dramatic eagle three on the final hole carried him past Welshman Stephen Dodd and Spain’s Miguel Angel Jiménez.
The World Number Three, who won the title in 1994 and 2002, posted a final round of 68 over the Majlis course at the Emirates Golf Club for a 19 under par total of 269, one clear of Dodd and Jiménez with Scot Colin Montgomerie fourth after a final round 69 took him to 16 under par 272.
Trailing playing partner Jiménez and Dodd, who had moments earlier birdied the 18th to move to 18 under par, as he stood on the final tee, Els hit a monstrous drive to cut the corner off the dog-leg. Left with 178 yards to the hole, Els hit a brilliant six iron approach to 22 feet away and he calmly stroked the ball home, punching the air as it dropped. The fact that he was the only player to eagle the 18th on the final day underlined his achievement.
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