Big Easy back in big time
Ernie Els was relieved to finally prove his swing changes have worked after claiming the WGC-CA Championship in Miami.
The 40-year-old had not won a tournament for two years but a superb final-round 66 was good enough to take the year's second world championships by four shots, as he finished on 18-under par in Florida.
The South African began his final round tied for first place with compatriot Charl Schwartzel on -12, but he was by far the stronger player during the final 18 holes and claimed his 63rd professional title by a convincing margin, with Schwartzel carding a 70 to finish second.
Ireland's Padraig Harrington could only shoot level par for his final round to finish joint-third with Martin Kaymer and Matt Kuchar on -11.
England's Paul Casey finished in a group of five players on 10-under while Phil Mickelson's 68 left him on eight-under after 72 holes.
But the day belonged to amiable South African Els, who has spent a couple of seasons in the wilderness as he tweaked his swing, and the man they call the 'Big Easy' was delighted to finally see the rewards of all his hard work.
"I've had a tough run and I really wanted to play well," he said. "I just wanted to prove it myself for once. I had to really trust the changes I've just made. The wind was blowing and you had to hit solid shots.
"Charl came at me all day and I have to take a lot of positives out of this."
Ian Poulter carded a brilliant final-round 64, the joint-best round of the tournament, to finish on two-under par.