With this win - Ernie Els

6/23/2013 3:43:00 PM
Ernie Els  (Getty Images)
Ernie Els (Getty Images)
SUNDAY JUNE 23, 2013 – BMW INTERNATIONAL OPEN

• His 28th European Tour International Schedule victory in his 282nd European Tour event.

• Moves to €951,200 in The Race to Dubai. 

• Moves back to inside the top 15 of the Official World Golf Ranking from 20th.  

• His first European Tour victory since The 141st Open Championship last year.

• His fourth consecutive European Tour season with a victory, dating back to the 2010 season. This equals the longest current streak for consecutive winning years, joining Ian Poulter, Louis Oosthuizen and Matteo Manassero.

• His first victory in the BMW International Open in his sixth appearance.

• This victory comes in his sixth appearance in the event and beats his previous best performance of tied fifth in 2000. (Was also tied seventh in 2007).

• His second victory in a BMW-sponsored event, following the 2005 BMW Asian Open.

• Becomes the first South African to win the BMW International Open.

• South Africa becomes the 13th different nation to win the BMW International Open.

• Becomes the 23rd different player to win the BMW International Open from the 25 editions of the tournament, back to 1989.

• The third wire-to-wire winner of the BMW International Open, following David Feherty (1989) and Sandy Lyle (1991).

• The fifth wire-to-wire winner of the 2013 European Tour season. He follows: Richard Sterne (Joburg Open), Tiger Woods (WGC – Cadillac Championship), Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Maybank Malaysian Open) and Marcel Siem (Trophée Hassan II).

• His seventh wire-to-wire win of his European Tour career.

OTHER FACTS

• His first European Tour victory in Germany.

• Has now won his 28 European Tour victories in 11 different destinations.

• Has a gap of 19 years and 144 days between his first European Tour victory, the 1994 Dubai Desert Classic and latest, the 2013 BMW International Open. This puts him seventh in the list of biggest gap between first and latest European Tour victories. 

• The 117th South African victory in European Tour history.

• Becomes the seventh South African victory of the 2013 season. They are: Charl Schwartzel (Alfred Dunhill Championship), Louis Oosthuizen (Volvo Golf Champions), Richard Sterne (Joburg Open), Darren Fichardt (Africa Open), Dawie Van Der Walt (Tshwane Open),Thomas Aiken (Avantha Masters) and Ernie Els (BMW International Open). (South Africa have more victories this season than any other country).

• His fourth European Tour victory over the age of 40, following the 2010 WGC – Cadillac Championship, 2011 South African Open Championship (Dec 2010) and the 2012 Open Championship.

• The oldest winner on The European Tour in 2013, aged 43 and 248 days. Is the first player over 40 to win on The European Tour since Miguel Angel Jiménez, who was 48 years and 318 days at the 2012 UBS Hong Kong Open.

• The oldest winner of the BMW International Open, aged 43 years and 248 days, beating the previous record of Mark McNulty, who was 40 years and 286 days in 1994.

• Moves over €29 million in European Tour Official Career Earnings.

• His 68th win as a professional worldwide.

• Gains a place in the 2013 WGC – Bridgestone Invitational, 2013 WGC- HSBC Champions and 2014 Volvo Golf Champions.