Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Els gets March Momento

Ernie Els has been named The Race to Dubai Golfer of the Month for March following his back-to-back victories in the WGC – CA Championship on The European Tour and the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard on the US PGA Tour. The South African, who wins a jeroboam of Moët & Chandon champagne and an engraved alms dish in recognition of his achievement, ended two years without a win in superb style at the Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami, and became The European Tour's all-time leading money winner in the process. Els’s four shot win over his fellow South African Charl Schwartzel was the 63rd of his professional career and moved him back into the top ten in the Official World Golf Ranking. It did not take long for him to add title number 64 to his CV, just 14 days in fact, as he strode to a two shot win over Edoardo Molinari and Kevin Na at Bay Hill to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Those two victories made Els the unanimous choice of the judging the panel which comprised members of the Association of Golf Writers, plus commentators from radio and television. It was also Els’s first Golfer of the Month Award since February 2004. “I’m delighted and honoured to have won The Race to Dubai Golfer of the Month,” said Els. “It has been too long since I last won this award and it is a great indication of how well I played to win the events at Doral and Bay Hill. Those two wins were definitely special and it was an amazing feeling.” Els won the March award ahead of Maybank Malaysian Open champion Noh Seung-yul of Korea; Rhys Davies of Wales, who finished second in Malaysia before winning the Trophée Hassan II in Morocco; Louis Oosthuizen, who finished second to Davies in Morocco before winning the Open de Andalucia de Golf, and Honda Classic champion Camilo Villegas.Els will now join Schwartzel (The Race to Dubai Golfer of the Month for January) and Ian Poulter (February) as a candidate for The 2010 European Tour Golfer of the Year Award at the end of the season.

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