On Sunday, Ernie Els showed again why patience and smart play are the traits of a champion. Els had a frustrating back nine, leaving six birdie putts dead on line but less than six inches short of the hole. However, he remained composed heading into the playoff with Aaron Baddeiey.
On the first hole of sudden death, the par-5 18th, Els used his putter from the front fringe when he was 60 feet from the flag. He knew the Texas wedge was the smart play. You won't sink as many shots from the fringe with a putter as you will with an iron, but your misses will be better. Els cozied his ball to four feet and matched Baddeley's birdie. On the next hole, the 353-yard 10th, Els pulled his drive way left of the green and flew the ensuing 40-yard pitch over the putting surface and onto the fringe. He then faced a twisty 43-foot shot that looked as if it had to be drained if he was to stay alive, because Baddeiey had a 20-foot uphill putt for 3. But Els stuck to his game plan and again drew the putter. This time his ball rolled straight in, and when Baddeiey missed, Els was the winner for the second week in a row. He later admitted that he was fortunate, saying, "I could putt 100 balls [from there] and wouldn't make one again."