• Born: October 17, 1969
  • Country: South Africa
  • Turned Professional: 1989
  • Competes On: PGA Tour, PGA European Tour
  • Professional Victories: 66
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Known as “The Big Easy” for his incredibly smooth and seemingly effortless swing, Ernie Els was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2011. His myriad accomplishments include twice winning the Open Championship (’02, ’12) and the U.S. Open (’94, ’97), earning two European Tour Order of Merit crowns (’03, ’04) and capturing the World Match Play Championship a record seven times. The former World No. 1 was also named PGA Tour Rookie of the Year (’94) and European Tour Player of the Year (’94, ’02, ’03). The 45-year-old South African earned four top-10s in 2014, highlighted by a T7 at the PGA Championship. Away from the course, Els is widely recognized for his business and philanthropic endeavours, notably Els for Autism. Inspired by his son Ben, the foundation funds scientific research aimed at understanding, treating and curing Autism.

Recent Titles:

BMW International Open (’13)

The Open Championship (’12)

South African Open Championship (’11)

CA Championship (’10)

PGA Grand Slam (’10)

Arnold Palmer Invitational (’10)

Best Major Championship Finish:

1, The Open Championship (‘12)

The Open Championship (’02)

US Open Championship (’97)

US Open Championship (’94)

Member of:

President’s Cup (’96, ’98, ’00, ’03, ’07, ’09, ’11, ’13)

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