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Ernie Els upbeat over strong Sunday finish

Ernie Els was in upbeat mood after finishing third at the U.S. PGA Championship on Sunday, sensing he is close to giving world number one Tiger Woods a run for his money.

The 37-year-old South African, six strokes behind leader Woods at the start of the final round, signed off with a four-under-par 66 in steamy conditions at Southern Hills Country Club.

"I'm still not quite where I want to be but I'm getting there," Els told reporters after posting his fourth top-five finish in the PGA Championship with a five-under total of 275.

"If I get up to that next level where I want to be, maybe I can at least give him (Woods) a real go, a run for his money. Somebody needs to step up; he's playing some awesome golf."

Twice U.S. Open champion Els made a fast start with four birdies in the first 10 holes to briefly close within a shot of the pace-setting Woods.

Although he covered the back nine in one-under 34, he felt missed putts on nine and 11, plus an errant drive at the par-four 16th, cost him an outside chance of victory.

"If I could have those three back, it would have been a perfect round of golf," the three-times major winner said after Woods clinched the title by two shots. "But I played really nice and at least I had half a go at it.

"The way I played today in the final round and the way I played at the Open, that's the way I want to play in major championships," Els added, referring to his tie for fourth in last month's British Open at Carnoustie.

"I've had a chance at the Open, a really good chance, which I didn't quite take. To come from six back against the world No. 1 here was always going to be tough to do, but I gave it a good shot.

"Every day I've made a bunch of birdies and I haven't done that in any majors that I've played recently."

Els, who was sidelined for four months at the end of 2005 after twisting his knee on a family sailing holiday, has not won a major title since the 2002 British Open at Muirfield.

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