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Ernie Els

  • Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Residence: Wentworth, England
  • Birth Date: October 17, 1969
  • height: 6-3
  • Turned Pro: 1989

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PGA TOUR Victories

(16) 1994,U.S. Open Championship. 1995,GTE Byron Nelson Golf Classic. 1996,Buick Classic. 1997,U.S. Open Championship, Buick Classic. 1998,Bay Hill Invitational. 1999,Nissan Open. 2000,The International Presented by Qwest. 2002,Genuity Championship, British Open Championship. 2003,Mercedes Championships, Sony Open in Hawaii. 2004,Sony Open in Hawaii, the Memorial Tournament, World Golf Championships-American Express Championship. 2008,The Honda Classic.

International Victories

(44): 1991 Amatola Classic [SAf]. 1992 Protea Assurance South Africa Open [SAf], Lexington PGA Championship [SAf], South African Masters [SAf], Hollard Royal Swazi Sun Classic [SAf], FNB Players' Championship [SAf], Goodyear Classic [SAf]. 1993 Dunlop Phoenix Tournament [Jpn]. 1994 Dubai Desert Classic [Eur], Toyota World Match Play Championship [Eur], Johnnie Walker World Championship [Eur], Sarazen World Open. 1995 Lexington South African PGA Championship [SAf], Toyota World Match Play [Eur], Bells Cup [SAf]. 1996 South African Open [SAf], Toyota World Match Play [Eur], Johnnie Walker Super Tour Event, World Cup [indiv]. 1997 Johnnie Walker Classic [Aus], World Cup [indiv]. 1998 South African Open [SAf] 1999 Alfred Dunhill PGA Championship [SAf], Sun City Nedbank Challenge [SAf]. 2000 Standard Life Loch Lomond [Eur], Nedbank Challenge [SAf]. 2001 Vodacom Players Championship [SAf]. 2002 Heineken Classic [Eur], Dubai Desert Classic [Eur], Cisco World Match Play [Eur], Nedbank Challenge [SAf]. 2003 Heineken Classic [Eur], Johnnie Walker Classic [Eur], The Barclay's Scottish Open [Eur], Omega European Masters [Eur], World Match Play Championship [Eur]. 2004 Heineken Classic [Eur], HSBC World Match Play Championship [Eur]. 2005 Dubai Desert Classic [Eur], Qatar Masters [Eur], BMW Asian Open [Eur], dunhill championship [Eur]. 2007 South African Open [SAf]. 2007 HSBC World Match Play Championship [Eur.]

Other Victories

(4): 1997 PGA Grand Slam of Golf, Dunhill Cup [with David Frost and Retief Goosen]. 1998 Dunhill Cup [with David Frost and Retief Goosen]. 2001 World Cup [with Retief Goosen].

2009 PGA TOUR Money and Position

$1,163,282 (51)

2009 PGA TOUR Best Finishes

T5-- World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship. T6-- Mercedes-Benz Championship. T8-- the Memorial Tournament, British Open Championship.

PGA TOUR Best Round

66 at Round 4, The Honda Classic. 66 at Round 2, Shell Houston Open.

PGA TOUR Highlights

Making his eighth career start at the Mercedes-Benz Championship, posted his sixth top-10 finish there with a T6 effort to start the season...Reached quarterfinals of Accenture Match Play Championship, losing to Stewart Cink, 2 and 1, to finish T5...T8 at the Memorial Tournament, finishing 5-under for the tournament...Earned his 12th top-10 finish (T8) in his 18th consecutive appearance at the British Open.

Career Best PGA TOUR Finishes

1-- U.S. Open Championship, GTE Byron Nelson Golf Classic, Buick Classic, U.S. Open Championship, Buick Classic, Bay Hill Invitational, Nissan Open, The International Presented by Qwest, Genuity Championship, British Open Championship, Mercedes Championships, Sony Open in Hawaii, Sony Open in Hawaii, the Memorial Tournament, World Golf Championships-American Express Championship, The Honda Classic.

2008 Season Highlights

One of the world's true global golfers - with more than 50 worldwide career victories - captured his first PGA TOUR victory in 3 years, 4 months and 29 days, winning The Honda Classic by one stroke over Luke Donald. Began the final round three strokes behind Donald, Matt Jones and Mark Calcavecchia and fired a final-round 67 to complete the biggest comeback of his career. Victory was the 16th of his PGA TOUR career. Was tied with Calcavecchia until the 15th hole when Calcavecchia made double bogey from a greenside bunker. Donald just missed a birdie chip to tie on the final hole...Recorded his best career finish in 15 starts at THE PLAYERS with a T6. Carded one score of double bogey or worse each day and wound up six strokes shy of eventual champion Sergio Garcia...Opened with a 10-over 80 at the British Open, his worst round ever at the event, but 1-under 69s during the second and fourth rounds led to a T7 finish. It was his 11th top-10 finish at the British Open in 18 consecutive starts...Finished T3 at the Deutsche Bank Championship with three rounds in the 60s...His fifth top-10 of the season was a T6 at THE TOUR Championship, his sixth top-10 at the event in 13 career starts. He ended the season 13th in FedExCup points.

Career Highlights

2007:Played in three of the four PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup events and finished 19th in the standings...Won the South African Airways Open in December 2006...Ended his longest consecutive cuts made streak at 46 after missing the cut at the Masters...Opened with rounds of 65-65 at the Verizon Heritage en route to finishing second to eventual winner Boo Weekley, who chipped in for par on the final two holes. Nearly holed his approach shot to the par-4 18th, which would have forced a playoff. This marked Els' seventh top-10 finish in nine starts at the Verizon Heritage...Carded three birdies and no bogeys for a 33 on the front nine to play himself into contention in the final round of the British Open at Carnoustie, but finished T4 after making two bogeys on the back nine. 11th top-10 in 17 career British Open starts...Third at the PGA Championship, finishing with a 66. It marked the sixth time in his career that he has recorded back-to-back top-five finishes at major championships.Notched 3-2-0 record in fifth Presidents Cup appearance for International squad...Won a record seventh HSBC World Match Play Championship in mid-October at the Wentworth Club in Surrey, England, beating U.S. Open champion Angel Cabrera 6 and 4 in the final on a West Course he redesigned in 2005. Previously won the event in 1994-96 and 2002-04. Victory moved him to first in the European Tour Order of Merit. He finished second to Justin Rose on the season-long list. 2006: Posted eight top-10s and qualified for THE TOUR Championship in first full season back after 2005 knee injury...Returned from knee injury in January at the South African Airways Open Championship, where he finished second to countryman Retief Goosen...Defending champion of the Dubai Desert Classic lost in a one-hole playoff to Tiger Woods. 2005: Season cut short in July when he sustained a left knee injury during a sailing holiday in the Mediterranean the week after the British Open at St. Andrews. Required surgery for a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament...Finished T5 at season-opening Mercedes Championships. Came to 72nd hole with an opportunity to force a playoff with Stuart Appleby with a birdie on the par-5 18th, but hit tee shot out of bounds and made bogey to finish two behind Appleby...One week later, looking to win third straight Sony Open in Hawaii, tied course record with a 8-under-par 62 in final round to finish second, one behind Vijay Singh...Opened the PGA TOUR season with three consecutive top-10s for just the second time in his 12 years on TOUR after finishing T6 at the Buick Invitational...Used an eagle on the 72nd hole to defeat Miguel Angel Jimenez by one stroke at the European Tour's Dubai Desert Classic in early March...Following week, fired closing 66 to come from five strokes back and win the Qatar Masters by a stroke over Sweden's Henrik Stenson on the European Tour...For fourth consecutive season, picked up at least three wins by capturing his third at the BMW Asian Open. Fired a 7-under-par 65 to cruise to a 13-stroke victory and completed 72 holes in a tournament-record 26-under-par 262 at Shanghai's Tomson Golf Club. 2004: Season included three TOUR victories and top-10 finishes in all four majors, including near-misses at the Masters and British Open. Also captured two events on the European Tour and won second consecutive European Tour Order of Merit...Holed a 30-foot birdie putt on the third playoff hole to beat Harrison Frazar for 13th career TOUR victory at the Sony Open in Hawaii...Finished runner-up to Phil Mickelson at the Masters for fifth straight top-10 in Augusta, sixth overall. After opening 70-72-71, started the final round three back of Mickelson and co-leader Chris DiMarco. Took the lead after eagle-3 on No. 8 and another eagle-3 on No. 13 and posted final-round 5-under-par 67 to take the clubhouse lead at 8-under-par 280. Edged by one when Mickelson holed 18-foot putt on 72nd hole...Won the Memorial Tournament with a pair of 66s on the weekend for a four-stoke victory over Fred Couples. Needed just 100 putts to win his second tournament of the season. Overtook Vijay Singh for second in the Official World Golf Ranking...Posted his seventh top-10 finish in 12 U.S. Open appearances with a T9 at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club...Finished as the runner-up for the second time in a major during the season, losing to Todd Hamilton in a four-hole playoff at the British Open. Birdied two of the last three holes and tied Hamilton on the 72nd hole when Hamilton bogeyed the hole. Hamilton posted four pars to Els' three pars and a bogey (17th hole) to win the playoff. Recorded a hole-in-one during first round on the "Postage Stamp," the par-3 eighth hole by using a wedge from 123 yards. Became the sixth player in tournament history to post four rounds in the 60s and did it for the second time (1993)...Fourth top-10 in a major was a T4 at the PGA Championship...Added his third win on the PGA TOUR and first in a World Golf Championships event at the American Express Championship in Ireland. Led by two strokes after the second and third rounds and defeated Thomas Bjorn by a stroke after a final-round 69. Moved back into second, past Tiger Woods, in the Official World Golf Ranking...Two weeks later, won the HSBC World Match Play title on the European Tour for a record sixth time. On his 35th birthday, beat Lee Westwood 2 and 1...After T10 finish at THE TOUR Championship, dropped to No. 3 in Official World Golf Ranking behind Woods. 2003: Played 17 TOUR and nine European Tour events. In addition to winning twice on TOUR in Hawaii and finishing ninth on the TOUR's money list, compiled four official European Tour wins (in Australia, Austria and Scotland) and won the European Tour Order of Merit. Also won his fifth career HSBC World Match Play Championship, a European Tour-approved special event. One of three players (along with Mike Weir and Kenny Perry) that posted three top-10s in majors - T6 at Masters, T5 at U.S. Open and T5 at PGA Championship...Became the first player since Steve Jones in 1989 to capture the first two tournaments of the season when he won the Mercedes Championships and Sony Open in Hawaii in early January. Only Byron Nelson (1946), Lloyd Mangrum (1953), Johnny Miller (1974, three events; and 1975), Gil Morgan (1983), Jones and Els have accomplished that among modern-day players...Captured season-opening Mercedes Championships in record fashion, finishing at 31-under-par 261. Total in relation to par broke Mark Calcavecchia's 72-hole tournament TOUR record of 28-under set at the 2001 Phoenix Open. Eight-stroke margin of victory over K.J. Choi and Rocco Mediate was largest on TOUR since Calcavecchia's eight-stroke Phoenix victory in 2001...Sank a 43-foot birdie putt on the 10th hole, the second playoff hole, to beat Aaron Baddeley at the Sony Open in Hawaii. Both finished at 16-under after Baddeley birdied the 72nd hole...Played in homeland of South Africa at The Presidents Cup, competing for the International Team. 2002: A year to remember with the birth of a son and third career major victory at the British Open...Won four official events worldwide, including twice on TOUR, solidifying No. 3 Official World Golf Ranking. Won the Heineken Classic in Melbourne, Australia on the European Tour by five strokes for his ninth European Tour victory...Collected first TOUR victory since 2000 at the Genuity Championship. Rounds of 66-67-66 gave him an eight-stroke lead with 18 holes to play. Final-round 72 earned a two-stroke victory over Tiger Woods...Won again the following week at the Dubai Desert Classic, becoming the first multiple winner in the tournament's 14-year history after posting all four rounds in the 60s...Earned third career major victory at the 131st British Open at Muirfield with scores of 70-66-72-70--278. Tied for the lead with Shigeki Maruyama, Padraig Harrington, Duffy Waldorf and Bob Tway after 36 holes at 6-under. Held 54-hole lead at 5-under, two strokes ahead of Soren Hansen. After losing a three-shot lead on the back nine on Sunday, survived a playoff with Thomas Levet, Steve Elkington and Stuart Appleby to earn the Claret Jug. After parring his way through the four-hole playoff, made a par out of the greenside bunker on the first hole of sudden death against Levet. With his right foot anchored on the top of a bunker left of the 18th green, blasted out to 5 feet and made the putt to secure the victory. 2001: In a year full of streaks, didn't win for the first time since joining TOUR in 1994...Ranked in top 30 for seventh time in eight years with 1998 the only year he failed to qualify for THE TOUR Championship...Best chance to win was a playoff loss at THE TOUR Championship. Closed with 68 to tie eventual winner Mike Weir, Sergio Garcia and David Toms at 14-under 270...Completed year in November by teaming with Retief Goosen to win World Cup in Japan. Els and Goosen beat three others teams, including Americans Tiger Woods and David Duval, in a playoff.. 2000: Victory at The INTERNATIONAL extended to seven years his string of years with TOUR wins. Defeated Phil Mickelson by four points to earn his eighth TOUR title. 48 points, under Modified Stableford scoring system, tied tournament record Mickelson set in 1997...Also finished second five times, most since Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer in 1964 (six). Record is 13 by Harold (Jug) McSpaden (1945). Began with playoff loss to Tiger Woods at Mercedes Championships and then had seconds at Masters, U.S. Open and British Open. First player to finish second in three consecutive majors in same season. Jack Nicklaus (1964) was previous player to have three majors' runners-up in same year. 1999: Earned two-stroke victory over Ted Tryba, Tiger Woods and Davis Love III at Nissan Open. 1998: Claimed sixth career TOUR victory at Bay Hill. Rains forced 36-hole finish Sunday and third-round 65 vaulted him to six-stroke lead while closing 73 good for four-stroke win...After T16 at Masters, ranked No.1 in world for several weeks...Member of victorious Presidents Cup team in 1998 with a 3-1-1 individual record. 1997: Became first international player since Alex Smith (1906 and 1910) to win U.S. Open more than once with victory at Congressional CC. Trailed Tom Lehman by one stroke after 36 holes and by two after 54. Final-round 69, including decisive par on 71st hole, secured victory by one stroke over Colin Montgomerie...Successfully defended Buick Classic title the following week in wire-to-wire fashion. First repeat wire-to-wire winner since Tom Watson won Tournament of Champions in 1979-80. 1996: Won Buick Classic for third TOUR title...Won third consecutive Toyota World Match Play Championship (1994-96)...Was 3-1-1 as member of International Team in Presidents Cup. 1995: Earned second title at GTE Byron Nelson Classic on strength of second-round 61, a course record at Cottonwood Valley. His 263 total broke Sam Snead's 38-year-old tournament record...At PGA Championship at Riviera, equaled 36-hole tournament record with 131 and set 54-hole record with 197. Held three-stroke lead entering final round, but shot 72 to finish two strokes out of Steve Elkington-Colin Montgomerie playoff. 1994: Victorious at U.S. Open in a playoff over Loren Roberts and Colin Montgomerie. Held two-stroke lead entering final round, but closed with a 73. Montgomerie eliminated from 18-hole playoff after 78. Els and Roberts each shot 74 and Els won with 4 on 20th hole. 1993: Became first player to record four rounds in 60s at the British Open, finishing T6. 1992: Won six events on Southern African Tour...Joined Gary Player that year as only players to win South African Open, South Africa PGA and South African Masters in same year. 1991: Played eight events on the Nationwide Tour, with a best finish of T9 at the Tulsa Open. Amateur: Was a scratch golfer at age 14, when he won the world under-14 title at San Diego.


Started playing golf at age 9...An accomplished junior tennis player, turned full attention to golf at age 14...Heavily involved in junior golf of South Africa and Cancer Society of South Africa...Hosts Ernie Els Invitational in South Africa to raise money for charity. Ernie Els Foundation formed in early 1999, with the purpose of providing full support to disadvantaged children. Proceeds from the Ernie Els Invitational go to four charities and the Foundation...In December 1998, received lifetime membership on European Tour. Other non-Europeans so honored are Bob Charles, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player...In 2002, the 2000 Engelbrecht-Els wine was released and received the highest rating yet given to a South African wine...Third Ernie Els design signature golf course near George in South Africa opened in 2004...Web site is

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National Teams

The Presidents Cup (5), 1996, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2007; Dunhill Cup (9), 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000; World Cup (5), 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2001.

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