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Els Wins European Masters Golf Tournament - 2003-09-07


South African Ernie Els has clinched his sixth title of the golf season by cruising to a six-shot victory in the European Masters in Crans-sur-Sieree, Switzerland.

Els, the world number two, fired a final round 65 Sunday to finish at 17-under-par 267 for the tournament. New Zealand's Michael Campbell claimed second place after a final round 66 lifted him from 11th place at the start of the day.

Overnight leader Eduardo Romero of Argentina, who had been bidding to become the oldest ever winner on the European Tour at the age of 49, had a disastrous final round. His 3-over par 74 left him seven shots behind Els.

Defending champion Robert Karlsson, Italian Emanuele Canonica and Andrew Coltart of Scotland were the first players to earn Ryder Cup qualifying points as they shared fourth place at 9-under-par.

British and Irish golfers came back from a 9-7 deficit to win the Walker Cup for an unprecedented third time in a row Sunday, handing the American amateurs a 12˝ to 11˝ loss in the closest match since 1989.

Trailing 7-5 after Saturday's play and 9-7 after Sunday's foursomes, Britain-Ireland won five of the eight singles in Ganton, England. The team win follows victories at Nairn, Scotland, in 1999 and Ocean Forest, Georgia, two years ago.

The result also marks the third time in a row the Americans have lost the golf match having led at the halfway stage. Despite the three losses, they still hold a 31-7 overall lead with one match tied.

First played in 1922, the biennial match is named after former USGA president George Herbert Walker, the great-grandfather of the elder President George Bush. The 40th match is at the Chicago Golf Club in 2005.

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