Callaway celebrate Ernie Els' win at the BMW International Open ()
Current Open Champion and Callaway Staff Professional, Ernie Els, used a full bag of Callaway and Odyssey equipment to hold off fellow staffers, Thomas Bjorn (2nd) and Alex Noren (T4), to win the BMW International Open at Golfclub München Eichenried and secure a great weekend for Callaway.
In perfect preparation for the defence of his Open Championship title next month at Muirfield, Scotland - where he also won the Claret Jug in 2002 – South African Els’ 18-under par total secured his 28th European Tour title, thanks to rounds of 63, 69, 69 and 69, one ahead of battling Dane, Björn.
The ‘Big Easy’s’ wire-to-wire win, which included four birdies in the final round and hitting an incredible 89% of greens in regulation over the four days, has now climbed him back into the top 15 of the Official World Rankings.
Ernie, fresh from his fourth spot in the US Open at Merion, commented: “My play has been great and I felt good all week. Obviously, this win gives me a lot of confidence because there were many strong players in the field. Now, I'm really looking forward to Muirfield in a few weeks’ time.”
Runner-up Björn, who also finished runner-up in his last European Tour event in Austria, is a man in top form, securing five Top 10 finishes this season.
“I fought all the way to the end, but Ernie hit two very classy shots on the last hole to win. When you go up against someone like Ernie, you've got to take it right to the end and I didn't quite do it, even though I'm on a great run,” added Thomas.
Ernie’s win marked the 37th worldwide victory this season for Odyssey, the #1 Putter in Golf. There were three Odyssey Tank #7 models, including Els and Björn’s, in the top ten and the Tank also proved the most popular model choice with ten players in the field choosing to use it. At Golfclub München Eichenried, Odyssey putters were used by 44.2% of the field.
“Ernie’s 28th European Tour title underlines his pedigree as one of the world’s finest golfers and proves our unwavering commitment to making the best performing products for the best golfers in the world,” said Neil Howie, President and Managing Director of Callaway EMEA.
The Callaway and Odyssey equipment in Ernie’s bag this week, included:
Driver: Callaway RAZR Fit, 9.5°
Fairway Woods: Callaway RAZR Fit Xtreme 3-wood, Callaway RAZR Fit Xtreme 5-wood
Utility Irons: Callaway X-Utility Prototype 21°, Callaway X-Utility Prototype 24°
Irons: Callaway RAZR X Muscleback
Ball: Callaway HEX Black Tour
Putter: Odyssey Tank Versa #7 Belly Putter
For specific information regarding Callaway products, please visit www.callawaygolf.com.
For more information about Odyssey’s line of putters, please visit www.odysseygolf.com.