Ernie Els

Professional golfer Ernie Els

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 along with his fluid, seemingly effortless golf swing. Among his numerous victories are three major championships: the U.S.
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Ernie Els invited to Augusta National, but not to play Masters
Chicago Times - 2 months
Ernie Els says he received an invitation to Augusta National for the first week in April. It just wasn't an invitation to play in the Masters. Els had to clarify a tweet from Sunday that said: “Thank you for a Great Xmas present! (at)TheMasters Can't wait!” That led several media sites to post...
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Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els reach 100 majors at the PGA
LATimes - 7 months
On a rainy Tuesday in the Piedmont, two days before the last big golf tournament of the year, there was nothing finer in Carolina than to hear Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els talk about reaching the century mark — and Rory McIlroy talk about Phil and Ernie, along with some comments of his own game. ...
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On Golf: Struggling Ernie Els Knows Picture Can Change ‘Like That’
NYTimes - 8 months
The man who won the United States Open 20 years ago finished two-under par in the first round of this year’s tournament.
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Els makes strong start at U.S. Open, despite late bogeys
Reuters.com - 8 months
ERIN, Wisconsin (Reuters) - Ernie Els celebrated the 20th anniversary of his U.S. Open triumph at Congressional by turning back the clock with a rousing performance in the first round at Erin Hills on Thursday.
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Not an Easy Finish for Ernie Els at the Masters
Wall Street Journal - 11 months
After 23 unsuccessful tries for a green jacket, Ernie Els may have played his final round at Augusta National.
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A Tee Time With Trump? Pro Golfers Say Absolutely
NYTimes - about 1 year
Ernie Els drew social media fire by playing golf with President Trump, but an informal survey of P.G.A. players suggests most others would, too.
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Ernie Els Joins Trump Foursome, Hears About It From Pals
Wall Street Journal - about 1 year
The South African joined Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for a round of golf on Saturday, and caught some needling on social media and from his buddies
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Els backs Tiger to gain strength from roaring forties
Yahoo News - about 1 year
By John O'Brien SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Four-time major winner Ernie Els believes age is no barrier to success for Tiger Woods as the American great embarks on his latest comeback attempt after crippling injuries have blighted his last three seasons. Woods experienced mixed results on his return to action after 15 months out in December but the 41-year-old 14-times major winner has committed to a busy schedule, starting at next week's Farmers Insurance Open, as he targets a return to full-time play. There have been a few cases where we have won majors in our 40s, it doesn't happen that often but it does happen," Els, who was 42 when he won the 2012 British Open, told reporters on Wednesday.
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Garcia hoping for Singapore slingshot to new campaign
Yahoo News - about 1 year
By John O'Brien SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Sergio Garcia enjoyed a hard-earned winter break after a hectic 2016 and the Spaniard is now fit, fresh and raring to go when he opens his campaign at the Singapore Open this week in a region where he has enjoyed plenty of success. Garcia has won five events in as many countries on the Asian Tour and Singapore could become a sixth should he navigate the demanding Serapong Course better than a field of rivals that includes three-times tournament winner Adam Scott and Ernie Els. "I've always felt comfortable coming to Asia, I've done very well here in the tournaments I have played," the world number 15 told reporters at Sentosa Golf Club on Tuesday.
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McIlroy keeps promise to line up in South African Open
Yahoo News - about 1 year
Rory McIlroy will be keeping a promise to fellow major champion Ernie Els when he lines up in the South African Open this week as the European Tour begins a new calendar year. Els is player-host of the second oldest national Open championship in world golf and extracted the commitment when he played in the 2014 Irish Open, which is hosted by McIlroy’s Foundation. “Rory was very serious about coming to South Africa when I told him he ‘owed me one’ at the Irish Open,” said Els.
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On Golf: Ernie Els Puts Protocol Aside to Give Phil Mickelson a Chance for History
NYTimes - over 1 year
Els decided to putt out of order on the 18th hole at the British Open so Mickelson could focus before trying to record the lowest round in a major.
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Late Lytham lapse still haunts McDowell
Yahoo News - over 1 year
By Tony Jimenez TROON, Scotland (Reuters) - European Ryder Cup hero Graeme McDowell goes into this week's 145th British Open looking to make amends for the day he let victory "slip through his fingers" in the 2012 edition at Royal Lytham. The Northern Irishman was in the thick of things toward the top of the leaderboard with nine holes to go four years ago but had to make do with a share of fifth place behind eventual winner Ernie Els after dropping four shots on the back nine. McDowell featured in the same final-round group as Adam Scott who dominated the tournament from day one before suffering an agonizing late slump that saw the Australian toss away a four-stroke lead over the closing four holes.
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Hurley rises from tragedy to take emotional first PGA triumph
Yahoo News - over 1 year
Billy Hurley rose from a family tragedy to complete a shocking triumph by capturing the National for his first PGA title, a tribute to his late father Willard. Hometown hero Hurley, whose golf-teacher father died last August of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, was on Sunday part of a tearful family celebration at Congressional Country Club in suburban Washington after some support from playing partner Ernie Els, a four-time major winner from South Africa. "Ernie said to me after I holed the last putt, 'I think your dad is looking down and is really proud of you,'" Hurley said.
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Golf-U.S. PGA Tour Quicken Loans National scores
Yahoo News - over 1 year
June 26 (Gracenote) - Scores from the U.S. PGA Tour Quicken Loans National at the par-71 course on Sunday in Bethesda, Maryland -17 Billy Hurley III (U.S.) 66 65 67 69 -14 Vijay Singh (Fiji) 68 66 71 65 -13 Bill Haas (U.S.) 66 69 68 68 Jon Rahm (Spain) 64 67 70 70 -12 Ernie Els (South Africa) 66 69 65 72 -10 Webb Simpson (U.S.) 67 68 68 71 -9 Harold Varner III (U.S.) 66 69 70 70 -8 Robert Garrigus (U.S.) 67 69 70 70 Francesco Molinari (Italy) 69 73 69 65 -7 Smylie Kaufman (U.S.) 67 73 70 67 Rob Oppenheim (U.S.) 69 71 69 68 -6 David Hearn (Canada) 70 67 72 69 Chris Kirk (U.S. ...
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Els surges to second but Hurley leads at PGA National
Yahoo News - over 1 year
Ernie Els, a four-time major winner trying to end a three-year title drought, fired a six-under par 65 and leaped into second place after Saturday's third round of the PGA National. "The way I'm hitting it now, the way I'm swinging, I'm getting more confidence," Els said. Els finished on 13-under par 200 after 54 holes, two strokes behind leader Billy Hurley, a 607th-ranked resident of nearby Annapolis who fired a bogey-free 67 to stand on 198, a three-round event record, in search of his first PGA crown.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ernie Els
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    At the 2016 Masters Tournament, Els' putting was again the source of negative publicity when he six-putted from 3 feet on his opening hole.
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    Els' struggles with short putts, or the "yips," became the draw of much media attention in early 2016.
    In preparation for the anchored putter ban in 2016, Els switched back to the short putter in late 2015.
  • 2015
    Els' struggles continued into 2015 when he made only 10 cuts on the PGA Tour.
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  • 2014
    Els struggled to find his form throughout the 2014 season.
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  • 2013
    In June 2013, Els won for the first time since the 2012 Open Championship at the BMW International Open in Munich, Germany.
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  • 2012
    Els surprised the golfing world by winning the 2012 Open Championship in July by birding the 72nd hole.
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    Els was next in contention at the Transitions Championship, where he needed a win to qualify for the 2012 Masters.
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    Els started the 2012 season in his home country at the Volvo Golf Champions where he finished in a tie for second place after he and Retief Goosen lost out in a playoff to Branden Grace.
    Els rose to 15th in the world rankings after winning the 2012 Open Championship.
  • 2010
    After his successful 2010 season, Els struggled to find his form in 2011.
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    Els finally did break his winless streak by capturing the WGC-CA Championship at Doral in 2010, winning by four strokes over fellow countryman Charl Schwartzel.
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    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.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    Note that the HSBC Champions did not become a WGC event until 2009.
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    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.
  • 2008
    During Els 2008 Masters press conference Els said the change is in an effort to tighten his swing, shorten his swing, and get a fresh perspective.
    On 8 April 2008, Els officially announced that he was switching swing coaches from David Leadbetter (whom Els had worked with since 1990) to noted swing coach Butch Harmon.
    On 2 March 2008, Els won the Honda Classic contested at PGA National's Championship Course in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
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  • 2007
    When he missed the cut by two strokes at the 2007 Masters Tournament, Els ended tour-leading consecutive cut streaks on both the PGA Tour and the European Tour.
    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.
  • 2005
    Despite missing several months of the 2005 season due to the injury, Els won the second event on his return, the Dunhill Championship.
    In July 2005, Els injured his left knee while sailing with his family in the Mediterranean.
  • 2004
    On the PGA Tour, his streak began at the 2004 The Players Championship (46 events) and on the European Tour it began at the 2000 Johnnie Walker Classic (82 events) Els has often been compared to Greg Norman in the sense that both men’s careers could be looked back on and think what could have been.
    2004 was the start of the "Big Five Era", which is used in describing the era in golf where Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh, Ernie Els, Retief Goosen and Phil Mickelson dominated the game of golf.
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    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.
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  • 2003
    In 2003 he was voted 37th on the SABC3's Great South Africans.
    2003 gave Els his first European Tour Order of Merit.
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    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.
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  • 2002
    2002 was arguably Els's best year, which started with a win at the Heineken Classic at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club.
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  • 2001
    Els had a disappointing 2001 season, failing to win a US PGA tour event for the first time since 1994 although he ended the year with nine second-place finishes.
  • 2000
    2000 started in historic fashion for Els being given a special honour by the Board of Directors of the European Tour awarding him with honorary life membership of the European Tour because of his two U.S. Opens and three World Match Play titles. 2000 was the year of runners-up for Els; with three runner-up finishes in the Majors (Masters, U.S. Open and The Open Championship) and seven second-place finishes in tournaments worldwide.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1998
    Els nearly won the World Match Play Championship for a fourth consecutive year, but lost to Vijay Singh in the final. 1998 and 1999 continued to be successful years for Els with 4 wins on both the PGA and European tours.
    Els married his wife Liezl in 1998 in Cape Town and they have two children, Samantha and Ben.
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  • 1997
    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.
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  • 1996
    Their disappointments have ranged from nerves, bad luck and simply being outplayed. 1996 was the year where Norman collapsed in the Masters and Els in the PGA Championship.
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    In 1996, Els won his third straight World Match Play Championship at Wentworth, defeating Vijay Singh in the final 3 & 2.
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  • 1994
    In 1994 Els won his first major championship at the U.S. Open.
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    Among his 71 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.
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  • 1993
    In 1993, Els won his first tournament outside of South Africa at the Dunlop Phoenix in Japan.
  • 1991
    He won the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit in the 1991/92 and 1994/95 seasons.
    Els won his first professional tournament in 1991 on the Southern Africa Tour (today the Sunshine Tour).
  • TEENAGE
  • 1989
    In 1989, Els won the South African Amateur Stroke Play Championship and turned professional the same year.
  • 1984
    Els first achieved prominence in 1984, when he won the Junior World Golf Championship in the Boys 13–14 category.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1969
    Born on October 17, 1969.
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