Ernie Els

Born Oct 17, 1969
Nationality South Africa South Africa
Nickname The Big Easy

It was quite understandable why Ernie Els came to be known as The Big Easy. Ernie Els stands at 6 feet and 3 inches and with an imposing physical stature such as this, his swings were made fluid and effortless. Formerly ranked as the world number one in professional golf, Ernie Els now has a record of 64 professional wins and counting.

Ernie Els’ talent and love for golf showed even before he turned professional. At only age 14, Els garnered the attention of many golf fans and enthusiasts when he won the Junior World Golf Championship. Alongside him was a young Phil Mickelson who won the second spot. Els turned pro in the year 1989 and now serve 19 professional years in golf. After his young stunt as an amateur golfer, Els continued winning over 20 titles in the following years. It was in the year 1997 that he was ranked number 1 in the world for the excellence he has shown on the course.

Over the years, Els managed to garner several awards. He was awarded the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year in 1994, the European Tour Order of Merit in years 2003 and 2004, the European Tour Golfer of the Year three times in 1994, 2002 and 2003, and the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit four times in 1991, 1992, 1994 and 1995. The moment that shocked everyone in Els’ time was in the year 2005 when he sustained a ruptured ACL. This cut his season short in 2005 and for the first time, Els was not able to win a PGA Tour title. After recovering from his injury, Els managed to win his next event, the Dunhill Championship.

In the year 2007, Els battled with Tiger Woods for the world number one spot but fell short of two strokes. Els is still active in Golf announcing recently in 2008 his decision to change swinging coaches. Els holds 63 professional wins and 3 Major Championship wins.

Though he was still a bit in a slump, Els somewhat recovered by 2009, and by 2010 he finally broke is winless streak when he won the WGC-CA Championship. He even reached the T3 at the U.S. Open of the same year. In 2011, Els was asked to join the President’s Cup team for the US, and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame as well.

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