BMW International Open: Ernie Els is eagerly awaiting The Open after his latest win
Ernie Els says his victory in the BMW International Open is an ideal fillip ahead of the Open Championship next month.
Last Updated: 23/06/13 6:28pm
Els was victorious in the Open last year and, having finished joint-fourth at the US Open prior to this victory, it looks like he will be going to Muirfield in good heart.
The South African was in the firing line throughout the Munich event after opening with a 63 and became the oldest man to have claimed the title.
"I'm a very young 43-year-old, there's not a younger 43-year-old than me, I promise!" he said.
"To keep the lead all the way through is quite a lot of pressure, so it's been a good week.
"Wire to wire you've got the pressure and every night you've got to sleep on it, so obviously it gives me a lot.
"This is quite a week for me. There were a lot of strong players in the field and I'm really looking forward to Muirfield now.
A wonderful feeling
"When you get to my age, when you get a win, it's a wonderful feeling. Hopefully it gives me the confidence that I needed.
"I just tried to stay steady. I hit the ball on the greens and tried to two-putt, and that's kind of what I did."
Els recovered from a bogey at 11 and added: "I've tried to win this golf tournament for a long time. I really had it going and then I made it tough for myself again.
"I've had a great weekend in Germany and it's great to get my name on this wonderful trophy."
Denmark's Thomas Bjorn finished one shot back in second, having double-bogeyed 14 when in a tie for the lead with Els.
Bjorn said: "When you go up against Ernie, you've got to take it 18 holes to the end, and I didn't quite do it today.
"I'll keep carrying on and fighting hard until I win a golf tournament."