Els win 26th European Tour title, Fowler top Aussie

43 year old Ernie Els will be defending his British Open title at Muirfield in three weeks
43 year old Ernie Els will be defending his British Open title at Muirfield in three weeks

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

 

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