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Ernie Els

Ernie Els
Personal information
NameErnie Els
Full nameTheodore Ernest Els
NicknameThe Big Easy
Height1.92 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight220 lb (99.8 kg ; 15.7 st)
NationalitySouth Africa
ResidenceWentworth, England;
George, South Africa;
Jupiter, Florida, USA
SpouseLiezl (m.1998)
ChildrenSamantha (b.1999)
Ben (b.2002)
Turned professional1989
Current toursEuropean Tour (joined 1992)
PGA Tour (joined 1994)
Professional wins64
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour18
European Tour26 (7th all time)
Japan Golf Tour1
Sunshine Tour16
Other Major tour wins14
Best results in Major Championships
Masters Tournament2nd: 2000, 2004
U.S. OpenWon: 1994, 1997
The Open ChampionshipWon: 1994, 1997
PGA Championship3rd/T3: 1995, 2007
Achievements and awards
Hall of Fame2011
PGA Tour
Rookie of the Year
European Tour
Order of Merit winner
2003, 2004
European Tour
Player of the Year
1994, 2002, 2003
Sunshine Tour
Order of Merit winner
1991/92, 1994/95

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Theodore Ernest "Ernie" Els (-enˈɛls; born 17 October 1969) 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 [6 feet, 3 inches]) along with his fluid, seemingly effortless golf swing. Among his numerous victories are three major championships: the U.S. Open in 1994 at the Oakmont Country Club and 1997 at the Congressional Country Club, and The Open Championship in 2002 at Muirfield.

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. He is the leading career money winner on the European Tour, and was the first member of the tour to earn over 25 million Euros from European Tour events. He has held the number one spot in the Official World Golf Rankings and holds the record for weeks ranked in the top ten with over 780. Els 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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