Ernie Els

Professional Golfer

Theodore Ernest "Ernie" Els is a South African professional golfer, who has been one of the top professional players in the world since the mid-1990s. A former World No. 1, he is known as "The Big Easy" due to his imposing physical stature (he stands 1.91 metres) along with his fluid, seemingly effortless golf swing. Among his numerous victories are three major championships: the U.S.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Ernie Els.


1969 Birth Born on October 17, 1969.


1984 14 Years Old Els first achieved prominence in 1984, when he won the Junior World Golf Championship in the Boys 13–14 category. … Read More
1989 19 Years Old In 1989, Els won the South African Amateur Stroke Play Championship and turned professional the same year.


1991 - 1993 3 More Events
1994 24 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Among his 67 career victories are four major championships: the U.S. Open in 1994 at Oakmont and in 1997 at Congressional, and The Open Championship in 2002 at Muirfield and in 2012 at Royal Lytham & St Annes. … Read More
1996 26 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1996, Els won his third straight World Match Play Championship at Wentworth, defeating Vijay Singh in the final 3 & 2. … Read More
1997 27 Years Old 1997 was a career year for Els first winning his second U.S. Open (once again over Colin Montgomerie) this time at Congressional Country Club, making him the first foreign player since Alex Smith (1906, 1910) to win the U.S. Open twice. … Read More
1998 28 Years Old 1 More Event
Els married his wife Liezl in 1998 in Cape Town and they have two children, Samantha and Ben. … Read More


2000 - 2002 3 More Events
Other highlights in Els' career include topping the 2003 and 2004 European Tour Order of Merit (money list), and winning the World Match Play Championship a record seven times. … Read More
2004 was another successful year as Els won 6 times on both tours including big wins at Memorial, WGC-American Express Championship and his sixth World Match Play Championship, a new record. … Read More
2005 35 Years Old 1 More Event
In July 2005, Els injured his left knee while sailing with his family in the Mediterranean.
2007 37 Years Old 1 More Event
At the start of the 2007 season Ernie Els laid out a three-year battle plan to challenge Tiger Woods as world number one. "I see 2007 as the start of a three-year plan where I totally re-dedicate myself to the game," Els told his official website.
On 2 March 2008, Els won the Honda Classic contested at PGA National's Championship Course in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. … Read More
2009 39 Years Old 1 More Event
On 8 November 2009, Els almost ended his year-long slump by shooting a course-tying record 9-under 63 in the final round of the WGC-HSBC Champions to finish at 16-under par 272, a stroke back of Phil Mickelson who finished with a 17-under 271 total including a final round of 3-under 69.


He was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2010, on his first time on the ballot, and was inducted in May 2011. … Read More
2011 41 Years Old Els had an inauspicious season in 2011, dropping out of the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time since 1993.
Els rose to 15th in the world rankings after winning the 2012 Open Championship.
2013 43 Years Old In June 2013, Els won for the first time, since his 2012 Open Championship victory, at the BMW International Open in Munich, Germany. … Read More
2014 44 Years Old Els has struggled to find his form through the 2014 season. … Read More
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