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Last Updated: Sunday, 14 October 2007, 15:09 GMT 16:09 UK
Els wins seventh Match Play title
Ernie Els
Els' victory earned him 1m
Ernie Els claimed the World Match Play title for the seventh time with a 6&4 drubbing of Argentina's Angel Cabrera in the final at Wentworth.

The South African's victory earned him 1m in prize money and he is now top of the European Order of Merit.

Cabrera bogeyed the 1st hole and was quickly four down, but did birdie the 24th and 27th to cut the gap to two.

Els then two-putted the 30th for another winning birdie and a par on the next put him five up with five to play.

Padraig Harrington and Justin Rose, now second and third in the Order of Merit, still have tournaments to come whereas Els does not.

"I wish I could move Wentworth around the world with me," said Els, whose previous six Match Play triumphs was already a record.

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"It's absolutely a dream come true. In my wildest dreams, I would not have dreamt I could win it seven times.

"I didn't strike my drives as well as the previous couple of days, but my putter stayed hot."

Els led by three at the halfway stage, but there was a worrying period in the morning when he had problems with his back.

He recovered and a 12-foot putt saved him his par at the 21st, while Cabrera failed to get up and down after pushing his approach.

The South American knew he had to step up his game - and did with four birdies in the next six holes.

But Els promptly sank a 15-footer at the 28th and worked his magic again on the 30th, before Cabrera's fate was sealed when he bogeyed the following hole.

Cabrera picked up a sizeable runners-up cheque for 400,000.

He said: "2007 has been a great year for me. Winning the US Open has changed my life.

"I congratulate Ernie - he is a great champion - but I hope Argentina beat South Africa in the rugby tonight in Paris and have better luck than I did."



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