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Ernie’s win — the numbers

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Facts and figures after South African golfer Ernie Els won the Btitish Open Championship on Sunday:

Rises from 40th to 15th in world rankings

Fourth major championship win in 79th appearance

Follows victories in 2002 Open Championship, 1997 US Open and 1994 US Open

Second Open Championship win in 22nd appearance in event

Second consecutive top-10 finish in a major following his tie for ninth at last month’s US Open

Gap of 10 years between wins is second longest in Open Championship after Henry Cotton (1937 and 1948)

His 13th top-10 finish in the Open Championship

Aged 42 years and 279 days, he is the second successive 42-year-old to win the Open Championship after Darren Clarke who was 42 years and 337 days when he won at Sandwich 12 months ago

Sixteenth consecutive major won by different player

Six-shot final-round comeback is biggest by major winner since Ireland’s Padraig Harrington in 2007
Up to joint second in list of most majors won by South Africans, joining Bobby Locke on four. Gary Player won nine.

His 66th win as a professional golfer In Washington, Scott Stallings shot a 4-under 68 in the final round on Sunday to beat Jason Bohn and claim the True South Classic at Annandale Golf Club.

The 27-year-old won his second career tournament and his first in 2012, shooting a 24-under 264, which is a tournament record at Annandale.

With a few holes remaining, it looked as if the True South Classic would host a tight finish. But Stallings made back-to-back birdies on 16 and 17 to suck all the suspense right out of the final hole.
“It made that tee shot on 18 a lot easier,” Stallings said with a grin.

Bohn shot a 5-under 67 on Sunday. Billy Horschel was alone in third, four strokes back.

The 27-year-old Stallings raced up the leaderboard after shooting back-to-back 64s in the second and third rounds. That gave him a one-stroke lead over Horschel heading into the final day.

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