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  Sunday, 21 July, 2002, 21:10 GMT 22:10 UK
What a finale!
Wayne Grady, commentator for BBC Sport during The Open

For once I agree with my BBC colleague Steve Rider - this was one of the most exciting endings to an Open Championship we have seen.

Ernie Els had the championship in his hands on Sunday, but he let it slip before the play-offs.

For the whole day it was his championship for the taking and he looked like he was going do it in 18 until his nightmare at the 16th.

He got himself into a really strong position with birdies on the 10th and 12th and he looked on a roll.

To me there was a trio of crucial shots - his dig on the 13th to get out of the bunker was the shot of the championship.

And after dropping two at the 16th he hit two great shots to birdie the 17th.

That was the class that showed why he was worthy of winning.

What was also interesting about Els' day was that it also showed that people do make mistakes in Majors.

France's Thomas Levet at the 18th hole on Muirfield
Levet may have erred with his club selection at 18
Recently Tiger Woods has been making them look so easy that people have forgotten what an achievement they are.

The pressure in these events is so intense, and even someone as experienced as Ernie felt it.

He had the championship in his hands, and he nearly let it slip.

His win via the play-offs makes this victory all the more impressive.

It must have been really hard for him to psyche himself up for them - the others were just grateful to be in them.

I guess Thomas Levet's choice of club really sealed the contest.

Perhaps he should have chosen the iron, but you never know with these things - you could talk about it for days and days.

Once he hit the bunker it was really all over - getting back from that would have been a real task.

Overall, it has been a fascinating championship, and I think we have a worthy winner.

Els had to fight for The Open, and he will be a stronger person for it.

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