South African star Ernie Els has successfully defended his title at the Heineken Classic golf tournament in Melbourne, Australia.

Ernie shot a 7-under-par 65 in the final round for a one-stroke victory over Nick Faldo and Peter Lonard. It was his third victory of the year and fourth in five tournaments.

Els earned a winner's paycheck of $212,400 for his win in Australia. Last month, he won two tourneys in Hawaii on the U.S. PGA tour.