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Sunday, 26 May 2013
Ernie Els  (Getty Images)
Ernie Els (Getty Images)
Ernie Els was pleased to sign off in style as The Open Champion concluded his BMW PGA Championship with a five under par 67.

The South African finished the week eight under par at Wentworth Club and looked likely to record a first top-ten of the season on The European Tour.

“I finally found something, obviously I played really nice the back nine,” said Els, who came home in 32 after finishing with a hat-trick of birdies. “I actually started playing a little bit better yesterday late afternoon, but found something in my swing and my putting and so forth, so it was nice to finally start playing some decent golf. 

“I was nowhere yesterday for some reason. I thought I played okay Friday and then yesterday was just mentally, physically, everything wasn't there. 

“Today was a little bit better, and it's unfortunate that it came on Sunday but at least it did come on Sunday and not Monday. So at least we can get some good form going into these next couple of weeks.”

As Els finished his round the leaders were just approaching the turn, and the four-time Major Champion warned them that accuracy was key.

“It's going to test you, but I think if you're on your game, you should past the test,” he added.

“If you're going to miss some shots, you're going to get penalised. The tee shots, the bunkers are so deep now, they are almost links type bunkers, so it's going to be at least a shot, half a shot penalty. You're going to have to check your distance control. 

“There's some good flags coming in, but if you play proper golf - the tee is up on 17, there's a birdie, eagle chance there and 18 is up. If you play good golf, you should be fine, but for the guy that's doubting himself, it's a test.” 

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