In the Bag: Ernie Els

We delve into the BMW International Open champion's bag

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Sun, 23 Jun 2013

In the Bag: Ernie Els

Ernie Els claimed his 28th career European Tour title following a one-shot victory at the BMW International Open on Sunday.

The 43-year-old South African trusted a bag full of Callaway and Odyssey equipment including RAZR Fit Xtreme driver and fairway woods, X Utility, RAZR Muscleback irons, Tank 7 putter and HEX Black Tour ball.

Marking his first ever victory in Germany and first since lifting the Claret Jug last July, Els, who led wire-to-wire at Golfclub Munchen Eichenried following a spectacular opening 63, has now won 28 European Tour titles in 11 different destinations.

The victory could not have come at a better time for Els, who will now take several weeks off before heading to Muirfield to defend the Open Championship - a course where he first lifted the Claret Jug in 2002.

“It’s been wonderful,” said Els. “I’ve had a great week in Germany. We’ve got to thank BMW obviously for their 25 years of support, I’ve tried a long time to try and win this golf tournament. I really had it going and then I made it tough for myself again.

“It’s great to get my name on this wonderful trophy. Obviously it gives me a lot of confidence, especially heading into The Open. Wire-to-wire you’ve got the pressure, every night you’ve got to sleep on it, guys are chasing you. So this is quite a week for me.”

Starting the day in a tie for the lead, Els flew out the blocks with three birdies in the space of four holes from the fifth but brought his closest rivals Thomas Bjorn and Alexander Levy into the mix when blocking his second to the par-5 11th into the water.

Bjorn all-but surrendered his hopes when making double-bogey at the 14th and Levy bogeyed 15 and 17 to help ease Els' cushion coming home.

A superb drive down the 18th fairway and second into the heart of the green from outside of 240-yards gave Els the comfort of two-putting for birdie and a one-shot victory over Bjorn. 

Els ranked first in greens in regulation for the week with his RAZR Muscleback irons with a stunning 89% and fired an average driving distance of 296 yards with his RAZR Fit Xtreme. 

BMW International Open Final Leaderboard

-18 E Els (RSA)
-17 T Bjorn (Den)
-16 A Levy (Fra)

What's in Ernie's bag

Driver: Callaway RAZR Fit (9.5-degree)
Fairway wood: Callaway RAZR Fit Xtreme (3- and 5-wood)
Utility: Callaway X Utility Proto (21- and 24-degree)
Irons: Callaway RAZR Muscleback irons
Putter: Odyssey Tank #7
Ball: Callaway HEX Black Tour

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