US wrap: Els makes top 10 on PGA Tour Champions

Ernie Els finished in a share of 10th in the PGA Tour Champions Ally Championship in Grand Blanc, Michigan on Sunday when he carded a closing round of three-under-par 69.

He was on 10-under-par for the 54-hole tournament, seven strokes behind the winner, Joe Durant of the United States, who signed for a closing four-under 68 to edge out Germany’s Bernhard Lager by one shot. New Zealand’s Steven Alker was a further shot back in third.

Els made an eagle, four birdies and three bogeys as he shared 10th with Mike Weir, Darren Clarke and Jim Furyk. Retief Goosen was a shot further back on nine-under after a closing two-under-par 70. David Frost was on four-under for the tournament after closing with a level-par 70 to share 39th.

On the Korn Ferry Tour, Christiaan Bezuidenhout had a disappointing finish with his final-round five-over-par 76 dropping him to a share of 58th for the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship. He finished on two-under for the week, 15 shots behind the winner Adam Sevensson of Canada.

Dawie van der Walt capped a good week with a closing four-under 67 to move to 13-under for the tournament and a share of 10th.

Bezuidenhout is playing the three-tournament final series on the Korn Ferry Tour in an attempt to lock up his PGA Tour card. The top 25 players after the series who have not already earned their cards will get their spots. Bezuidenhout started the week in seventh on that list, but has slipped to 15th ahead of the Korn Ferry Tour Championship this week.

On the Symetra Tour, South Africa’s Cara Gorlei missed the cut after rounds of 73 and 75 saw her at four-over after 36 holes. The 54-hole event was won by Peiyun Chien of Taiwan on 16-under.

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