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Els tops Garcia in Match Play

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October 21, 2002

VIRGINIA WATER, England -- Ernie Els won his fourth World Match Play title Sunday with a 2 and 1 victory over Sergio Garcia.

It was Els' first win in the event since 1996 when he became the first to win it three years in a row. Gary Player and Seve Ballesteros each have won five.

"Winning the first three was great but this means even more to me now that I'm living at Wentworth," said Els, whose home on the Wentworth Estate southwest of London overlooks the 16th hole. "It feels like home, I have so many friends among the members of the club."

Garcia, at 22 the youngest finalist in the event's 39-year history, overcame fast starts by his opponents to win his first two matches and almost overcame Els' early lead.

Els, 5 up after 12 holes on Wentworth's West Course, had his lead cut to one with four left after missing makeable putts on four successive holes.

But Garcia had to concede the 34th after driving into trees. He was unable to get clear of trouble with two more shots to leave Els 2 up with two to play.

SBC CHAMPIONSHIP: Dana Quigley shot 2-under 69 and held off a final-round charge by Bob Gilder (64) to win the Senior PGA event in San Antonio by one stroke.

Quigley's 12-under 201 at the Oak Hills Country Club was worth $217,500 and gave him a lift heading into this week's Senior PGA Championship at Gaillardia Golf and Country Club outside Oklahoma City.

"I'm not going to have one iota of pressure on me in Oklahoma," he said. "This is absolutely the high point of the season for me." The win was Quigley's second this year and seventh on tour. He won the Siebel Classic in San Jose, Calif., in March. Vicente Fernandez (70) was third at 10-under 203, and Tom Watson (70) finished another two back.

Quigley was two up with two holes to play. But on the par-4 17th, he played conservatively by laying up on his second shot, then two-putted from 22 feet for bogey. He dropped his tee shot on the 18th about 12 feet from the pin and left his birdie putt about a foot short.

HIBERNIA SOUTHERN OPEN: David Morland shot 4-under 68 to win the event by three strokes over Steven Alker (66) and John Morse (67) in Shreveport, La. Morland finished 19-under 197 for the tournament that was shortened to 54 holes because of continuous showers on Saturday.

MACAU OPEN: Nick Price missed a 6-foot par putt on the fifth playoff hole, losing to defending champion Zhang Lianwei. Price (69), a three-time major champion, and Zhang (70) finished 7-under 277.

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