Els putts to Memorial victory

Monday, June 7, 2004

DUBLIN, Ohio -- Ernie Els made two short birdie putts to close out his victory Sunday in the Memorial, an appropriate end to a display that impressed the greatest clutch putter of them all.

"What was the key putt -- 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17?" tournament host Jack Nicklaus said mockingly to Els.

Turns out the Big Easy didn't need to make them all, even though he nearly did.

It started with a slippery 5-footer on the seventh hole to turn back an early charge from Tiger Woods, and it continued throughout the back nine at Muirfield Village to hold off Fred Couples.

When he was done, Els had a 6-under 66 for a four-shot victory that likely will be enough to move him to No. 2 in the world ranking.

Els took only 100 putts in the tournament, almost as impressive as his 66-66 on the weekend. He finished at 18-under 270 and earned $945,000 for his 14th career PGA Tour victory.

Tiger Woods shot a 69 that left him at 12-under 276.

Khan wins Wales OpenSimon Khan made a 3-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole to beat Paul Casey and win the Wales Open in Newport, Wales.

Khan, who had a course-record 61 in the second round, rallied from four shots off the lead over the final seven holes for his first victory on the European tour.

Thorpe wins Champions stopJim Thorpe shot a 6-under 66 to win the Farmers Charity Classic by one shot on the PGA Champions Tour.

Second-round co-leader Andy Bean passed out in the caddie tent and could not tee off. The 51-year-old Bean was taken by ambulance from the course to a Grand Rapids, Mich., hospital with an allergic reaction after eating sausage and a muffin for breakfast. Bean was treated and released and returned to the course two hours later.

Webb breaks LPGA slumpKarrie Webb won for the first time this year, playing a bogey-free final round for a five-shot victory at the Kellogg-Keebler Classic in Aurora, Ill.

The Australian had a two-stroke lead to begin the last round and made five birdies in a 67 to finish at 16-under 200.

It was Webb's 30th victory on the LPGA Tour but just her second in the last two years.

Annika Sorenstam (68), Siew-Ai Lim (66) and Jeong Jang (69) all tied for second.

-- From wire reports

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