The BMW international open is a well established and appreciated tournament in Munich, Germany. The big easy held off competition from Thomas Bjorn and Alexander Levy to become the oldest player to win the BMW international open. He was on form all week with his driver coming 22nd in the overall tournament statistics in fairways hit, but it was green in regulations where he really excelled hitting 88.9% of greens and coming first in the overall statistics which turned out to be pivotal in his win. Els lead for most of the tournament after shooting an immaculate nine-under par, 63. This win and run of form comes just a few weeks before he takes to the stage and attempts to retain his British open title at Muirfield.
Els finished on 18-under par just one shot head of Denmark’s Thomas Bjorn, who left himself in distress after finishing the 14th hole with a double-bogey. Bjorn made an early move by shooting three under par on the front nine, making three continuous birdies in a row from the third but made a 6 at the par 5 11th before hitting back with a birdie on the 12th. It was an up and down round for Bjorn who wasn’t able to find the consistency he needed to pip Els at the post.
Ernie Els has a swing that stands out from the rest for one reason, his rhythm hence his nickname the ‘Big Easy’. His easy rhythm has one him four majors and plenty tournaments. His bad shots come from lack of concentration and difficult conditions, but his swing never changes, there is no room for improvement and no room to fault. He is an inspiring man with many pros and amateurs learning from his years of experience, but there is still life in this old dog yet as he settles himself for the British open in a few weeks time.