South African Ernie Els claimed his fourth World Match Play title at the weekend after seeing off the challenge of record-breaking Spaniard Sergio Garcia at Wentworth.

Despite the horrendous weather conditions, British Open champion Els managed to keep his usual cool in the closing holes after 22-year-old Garcia — the youngest ever finalist in this competition — had fought his way back into contention only to lose 2&1.

Crowds flocked to see their local hero Justin Rose in Thursday's first round match but he was left to curse his back luck when he missed a three-footput on the 36th hole against Fijian Vijay Singh.

Rose had fought his way back from being three down and when the former Masters Champion hit his approach shot wide of the green on the last hole it looked for all the world that Rose would make Singh pay for his misjudgement.

However, the 22-year old missed his downhill putt and the opportunity of an unlikely play-off situation was ended just when it looked like a late charge was on the cards.

Friday's matches saw the top four seeds enter the tournament with current Champion Ian Woosnam paired with New Zealand's Michael Campbell, Garcia playing his Ryder Cup team mate Padraig Harrington and Retief Goosen versus Singh.

However, the match of the day was between Els and Colin Montgomerie with the South African making his intentions clear with a blinding round of just 60 as he defeated the Scotsman 6&5.

With Garcia coming from behind to defeat Harrington, Campbell staying in the clear from Woosnam and Singh holding off the challenge of Goosen, Saturday's semi-finals were set for some classic encounters. But Els never really looked in any danger of losing his lead against Singh once he was ahead and Garcia once again came from behind to muscle out Campbell to win by one hole.