Els tops off year with victory at Nedbank
BY iseekgolf.com | Southern Africa Tour | 2002 Nedbank Golf Challenge | Wrap | 01 Dec 2002
South African Ernie Els fired a course-record -9 (63) in the final round of the $4.2 million Nedbank Challenge for an eight shot victory over Scotland’s Colin Montgomerie. Els had nine birdies to finish with a total of -21 at the Gary Player Country Club in Sun City to claim the US$2 million first prize, golf’s richest first prize.
Montgomerie, who moved into contention with a third-round 65, had three birdies and an eagle on the back nine, but could not stop the Els, the 2002 British Open champion. The Scot finished with a -5 (67) and a total of -13.
Els adds the win this week to an already impressive list for 2002 including the Cisco World Matchplay Championship, Heineken Classic, Genuity Championship, Dubai Desert Classic and of course, the British Open.
America’s Chris DiMarco shot a -2 (70) and finished third at -10. Fellow countrymen, Jim Furyk posted a 69 to tie with South Africa’s Retief Goosen for fourth at -7. Defending champion Sergio Garcia had five bogeys in his final round of -2 (70) and finished in outright 6th at -5.
Robert Allenby skipped his defence of the 2002 Australian PGA to play here this week with the lure of the US$2 million too tempting to miss. Although he didn’t go home with first prize, he finished in a respectable 8th place at -3. Kiwi Michael Campbell had a final round he would rather forget and finished last at 1 after a 6 (78).
Final Round Scoreboard
1 -21 Ernie Els (70-65-69-63)
2 -13 Colin Montgomerie (74-69-65-67)
3 -10 Chris DiMarco (68-68-72-70)
T4 -7 Retief Goosen (68-72-70-71)
T4 -7 Jim Furyk (69-71-72-69)
6 -5 Sergio Garcia (70-73-70-70)
7 -4 Nick Price (71-70-73-70)
T8 -3 Bob Estes (73-69-72-71)
T8 -3 Robert Allenby (70-71-74-70)
T8 -3 Darren Clarke (72-67-71-75)
11 Even Padraig Harrington (72-70-69-77)
12 1 Michael Campbell (71-71-69-78)