Playing at the Wentworth Golf Club in Surrey, England, and up against the feisty and irrepressible Sergio Garcia, Ernie Els got off to another commanding start in his match, and then withstood a late surge to win his fourth title in this prestigious 12-man tournament.
Only Gary Player(5) and Seve Ballesteros(5) have more victories in this event.
Having already dispatched Scotlands Colin Montgomerie and the worlds eighth-ranked player, Vijay Singh, Els again used his fast start to build a huge 5-up advantage by the 12th.
Even after a couple of uncharacteristic bogeys on the 15th and 16th, Els still enjoyed a 3-up lead as the pair broke for lunch. He also had the luxury of a 3-up lead against Singh at the break and a 4-up lead against Montgomerie.
But the young Spaniard quickly whittled the lead to 2-down with a birdie on the 19th hole and then got it to just 1-down after another birdie at the par-4 6th, the 24th hole of the match.
Els countered with back-to-back birdies at holes 27 and 28 to push the margin back to three. A double bogey followed by an admittedly poor putt on the par-3 14th, the 32nd hole, by Els and suddenly Garcia still had a chance.
Garcia, however, could not capitalize on the change of momentum as he sprayed his next two drives into trouble that he couldnt escape.
Garcia then conceded to the elder Els on the 35th hole for a 2-and-1 defeat. Els also won the title in 1994, '95 and '96 and was a runner-up in '97.
It was Els' fourth worldwide victory of the year, including his win at the 131st British Open Championship this summer.
Scores from the Cisco World Match Play Championship