Ernie Els, of Jupiter, Fla., Wins 141st Open Championship in England

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Six other professionals who competed in the major tournament live, work and play in Palm Beach County, where Waterfront Properties and Club Communities has hundreds of golf-home listings.

Ernie Els

Ernie Els

Mark Calcavecchia, of Tequesta, tied for ninth place at two over par with a final-round score of 72. When the 52-year-old isn’t swing the club on both the PGA and Champions tour, Calcavecchia spends time on his Loxahatchee River property.

Ernie Els snapped up a fourth major on the PGA Tour with an unexpected turn of events that led to a win at the 141st Open Championship.

Els, who lives in Jupiter with his wife and two children, finished at Royal Lytham & St. Annes with a final-round score of 68 and seven under par. Expecting a playoff, he watched leader Adam Scott’s game collapse on the last four holes with consecutive bogeys.

Els, who told reporters he was numb, took home his second Claret Jug 10 years after taking home his first. The win launches the 42-year-old Hall-of-Famer into a new category: He is the sixth player to capture dual U.S. Open and Open Championship tournaments, putting him in the company of Walter Hagen, Bobby Jones, Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino and Tiger Woods.

Woods, another South Floridian, tied Brandt Snedeker for third place at three under par after a triple bogey on the sixth hole caused by a bad lie in the bunker. His final-round score was 73.

The owner of one of the most expansive homes on Jupiter Island – it features four practice holes – Woods, 36, moved up to the No. 2 spot in the world rankings, under Luke Donald.

Five other players from the northern Palm Beach County area made the trip across the pond. Mark Calcavecchia, of Tequesta, tied for ninth place at two over par with a final-round score of 72. When the 52-year-old isn’t swing the club on both the PGA and Champions tour, Calcavecchia spends time on his Loxahatchee River property.

Rickie Fowler, of Jupiter, tied for 31st place at three over par and a final-round score of 70. The 23-year-old finished with Jason Dufner and Anirban Lahiri.

Keegan Bradley, also of Jupiter, tied four other players for 34th place. Bradley, 26, shot a final round of 73 and finished at four over par.

Hobe Sound’s Fredrik Jacobson, 37, tied for 54th place at seven over par and shot a 72 in the final round.

Rory McIlroy, the 2012 winner of The Honda Classic at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, tied for 60th place with eight over par and a final-round score of 73. McIlroy, 23, has been known to frequent The Bear’s Club in Jupiter.

Waterfront Properties and Club Communities knows why so many professional golfers flock to the aptly named Gold Coast. Its golf courses are designed by legendary players, including Nicklaus and Greg Norman, and offer a level of play worthy of a pro. The area’s golf clubs are steeped in rich culture and the tradition of the game, and are surrounded by luxury homes for sale in Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens and North Palm Beach.

Dining, entertainment, the arts and shopping abound in the vibrant seaside suburb, with miles of beautiful beaches, the Intracoastal Waterway and a pristine state park in which to play.

For information, call Rob Thomson at 561-746-7272.

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