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  Sunday, 21 July, 2002, 20:54 GMT 21:54 UK
Fourth round statistics
Ernie Els in action on Sunday
Ernie's title was his third major

Sunday's play marked a dramatic improvement in both the weather and golf, as the field gained token revenge on the course after Saturday's gales.

Sunday's pre play-off statistics

Thirty-six players finished below 70, compared to four the previous day.

Tiger Woods staged a dramatic return to form with a six under-par 65, ending this Open Championship on par.

An eagle on the ninth - Sunday's easiest hole - was the highlight of a round of 33 on the outward nine.

The 508-yard ninth hole witnessed four eagles, 43 birdies, 198 pars, 29 bogeys and five double bogeys.

Champion Ernie Els managed a birdie on the ninth to end a first nine on 35.

A double-bogey on the 16th - the day's tenth hardest hole with an average of 3.012 - was followed with a round saving birdie on Sunday's second easiest hole, the 17th.

Levet was actually the form player going into the play-off, carding a 66 that included three birdies on the opening nine, and an eagle on the 17th.

Once again the hole of death was the first, forcing the field into 23 bogeys and three double bogeys, despite a 60.2% fairway hit average.

But the deciding factor proved to be the 18th, the second hardest hole of the day, which soaked up 20 bogeys and four double bogeys.

Despite a 73.5% fairway hit average balls still landed in the rough, and those that did cost 0.658 of a shot.

Once the players had made it to the green, their putting average was 1.72.

When it counted one was enough for 2002 champion Ernie Els, as he picked up his third major, and first on these shores.

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