Ernie Els Takes 36 Hole Lead Into Weekend

Ernie Els ended the U.S. Open on a high note. A 69 on Sunday gave him a four round total of 5-over par, good enough for a fourth place finish.

030113_spt_honda_065_982Traveling overseas, the Jupiter resident picked up right where he left off in the first two rounds of this week’s BMW International Open. Els enters the weekend with a one shot lead at the European Tour event being played in Munich after rounds of 63 and 69.

Els got off to a hot start on Thursday. His bogey free round of 63 featured seven birdies, including three in a row on holes 11-13, and an eagle. While Els struggled a little on the front nine Friday that included two birdies and a double bogey, he recovered on the back nine to post a 3-under 69.

Also playing in this week’s European Tour event is Loxahatchee River resident Dustin Johnson. Johnson posted rounds of 66 and 71 and sits five shots behind the leader Els going into the weekend.

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