Ernie Els Wins Hoag Classic – by Journal Times

Ernie Els won the Hoag Classic on Sunday for his first PGA Tour Champions title, birdieing par-5 15th and 18th holes for a two-stroke victory at Newport Beach Country Club in California.

Making his third senior start, the 50-year-old Hall of Famer from South Africa closed with a 4-under 67 to finish at 16-under 197. He opened with a 66 and shot 64 on Saturday.

Fellow Hall of Famer Fred Couples, trying to win the event from the third time at age 60, finished with a 66 to tie for second with Glen Day and Robert Karlsson.

Defending Charles Schwab Cup champion Scott McCarron was fifth at 13 under after a 69. Monday qualifier David Morland IV had a 71 to tie for seventh at 11 under. He opened with a 61.

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