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Ernie Els birdies final hole to claim BMW International Open

June 23, 2013 at 12:51 PM

MUNICH, Germany, June 23 (UPI) -- Ernie Els avoided a playoff with Thomas Bjorn by birdying the final hole Sunday, hanging on for a one-stroke victory at the BMW International Open.

Bjorn, a two-time winner of the event, pulled even with Els at minus-17 with a birdie on No. 18 at Golf Club Gut Larchenhof.

But Els, the wire-to-wire leader, responded with a birdie of his own, finishing up a round of 3-under 69 to end the tournament at 18-under-par 271.

It was the 28th career win on the European Tour for the South African former world No. 1.

Denmark's Bjorn also finished with a 69 Sunday, claiming sole possession of second place at 17-under.

Third place one shot further back went to Alexander Levy (71).

Bernd Wiesberger (68), Martin Kaymer (69) and Alexander Noren (72) knotted for fourth at minus-15.

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