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Ernie Els would turn down Masters invite

Ernie Els needed a victory at the Houston Open to get back to the Masters, an event he had not missed since 1993.. The place where he came runner-up in 2000 and 2004. But even a 10 under result was not enough and he fell short.

"It's not going to change my life, either way," Els said. "I've played many out there. It's one of those things."

Instead, American Hunter Mahan won the event, shooting a 1-under 71 on Sunday to finish 16 under for the tournament, six strokes ahead of Els.

While the Masters could offer a special invitation to Els, like tournament officials did for Greg Norman in 2002, he said Sunday he would decline any such entreaty from the organisers.

"To go through all of this, and then get an invite, I wouldn't take it," he said. "They can keep it."

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