Els wins Grand Slam of Golf

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SOUTHAMPTON PARISH, Bermuda -- Ernie Els has won the 2010 PGA Grand Slam of Golf after rallying to post a two-under 69 in the second and final round.

Els, a three-time major champion, birdied three of his final five holes to finish at five-under 137 -- one stroke ahead of David Toms, the first-round leader. Toms shot an even-par 71 on Wednesday.

PGA Championship winner Martin Kaymer and U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell posted a 71 and 73, respectively, on Wednesday to finish in a tie for third at 145.

Toms, the 2001 PGA champion who was added to the field when British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen had to withdraw due to an ankle injury, had posted a four-under 67 to take the first round lead.

"I felt like I didn't necessarily lose this thing," said Toms. "Ernie birdieing 14, 15 and 16, the putt he made on 16, I'd say he won the tournament."

His second round began uneventfully, making pars on his first six holes. He birdied the par-five seventh, but lost that stroke with a bogey on nine, and made the turn still at four-under overall.

Els, who replaced Masters winner Phil Mickelson because of tendinitis, began his round at three-under but bogeyed the first. He also birdied the seventh and bogeyed the ninth to make the turn at two-under.

Els climbed within one of Toms with a birdie at the 11th, though Toms birdied the 12th to restore a two-stroke lead.

It looked dismal for Els when he stumbled to a bogey at the 13th, but he started his charge at the par-four 14th, sinking a 12-footer to pull within two shots again.

Toms saved for par at the 14th, but bogeyed the next hole as Els sank a birdie putt to draw even at four-under. Els then drained a long birdie putt at the 16th to pull ahead. "For some reason I felt very comfortable on the line, over that putt," said Els. "I was putting into the wind, so I could really hit it firm. I had a perfect line. Just one of those beautiful things, you know. Just kept curling and went in the hole. It was a key moment." Both Els and Toms parred the final two holes as the South African held on for the comeback win.

"I was struggling on the greens again today until let's say the last five, six holes when I found something in my putting stroke," added Els. "My speed came back. I made some really big putts. Those are the putts that I was missing almost a day and a half, then started dropping, and that was the difference."

Kaymer posted four birdies, but also bogeyed four holes to finish even. McDowell was sitting at two-under through his first six holes, but a double-bogey at the seventh followed by bogeys at No. 13 and 14 caused him to finish his round at two-over.

NOTES: Toms finished second to Tiger Woods at this event in 2001...Els took third place in 1994, then beat Woods by three shots in 1997...Kaymer and McDowell made their first appearance at this tournament.


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