Els Scores Record 7th Win at UK Tourney

'Putter stayed hot' as he beat Cabrera despite back pain
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 14, 2007 4:34 PM CDT
South Africa's Ernie Els holds the World Match Play Championship Trophy after winning the final against Argentina's Angel Cabrera at The Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, England, Sunday Oct. 14, 2007....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Ernie Els scored a record seventh victory at the World Match Play Championship today in Wentworth, England, pocketing £1 million and jumping from third to first on the European Order of Merit, AFP reports. “It’s absolutely a dream come true,” Els says. “In my wildest dreams, I would not have dreamt I could win it seven times.”

Angel Cabrera couldn’t catch the South African, who overcame back pain and won with a 6 and 4. He admitted to hitting weak drives today, but his putter "stayed hot," dropping a 20-footer at the ninth and a 35-footer on the fourteenth. “A certain Mr. Woods was not here, thank goodness,” Els said, “but I’ve had a great week.”