ELMER Salvador came up with a sizzling final-round 66 to tie four-time major winner champion Ernie Els for third place in the Venetian Macau Open on Sunday at the Macau Golf and Country Club.
Salvador had three birdies on the outward nine and three going back, including the par-5 No. 18 for a five-under round, his only blemish coming on the par-4 No. 8.
That put him four strokes behind winner Scott Hend of Australia, who closed with a 67 for a 16-under 268 total in the Asian Tour event.
Salvador was delighted to tie Els for third place for his best finish of the year worth US$45,200 (around P2 million), which secured his Tour card for 2014 after starting the week in 73rd place on the Order of Merit.
“It feels good to be tied with Ernie. He’s a superstar,” the late-blooming Filipino pro told Asiantour.com.
Anirban Lahiri of India closed with a tournament-best 62, but still finished three strokes behind in second at 271.
Salvador came up with earlier rounds of 70-66-70 and finished with a 12-under 272 aggregate to match Els.
The South African, twice a winner of The Open Championship and twice champion of the US Open, had a closing 67.
Tony Lascuna had a final-round 65 and wound up in joint fifth at nine-under 275.
Jay Bayron, joint ninth at the start of the day, had 74 and ended up tied for 22nd at 282.