ERNIE ELS has continued his recent rich vein of form with a one stroke victory at the 2013 BMW International Open in Munich.
The reigning British Open champion shot a final round 3-under 69 to get to 18-under at the Golf Club Munchen Eichenried and take his 26th European Tour title.
The 43-year-old has been in good form recently, most notably his performance at the US Open at Merion where he finished tied for fourth.
Els will now take a three week break from tournament golf to prepare the defence of his British Open crown at Muirfield (July 18 – 21), scene of his first title in 2002.
Denmark’s Thomas Bjorn (69) was second in Germany on 17-under with the seemingly ever-smiling Frenchman Alexander Levy (71) third on 16-under.
Fowler finishes 9-under
An evergreen Peter Fowler – the oldest man in the field – did the best of the Australians, closing with a 1-under 71 to finish the tournament on 9-under tied for 29th.
The 54 year old Fowler was in the field as the 1993 champion.
Brett Rumford (68) was the next best Aussie finishing on 8-under tied for 35th.2013 BMW International Open Final Leaderboard