Player Profile

Ernie Els

Since turning pro in 1989, Ernie Els has won 50 events including 14 on the PGA Tour and 3 major championships. He has won 3 events already in 2004 and currently (June 7th, 2004) is ranked number two in the world.
BIOGRAPHY
FULL NAME: Ernie  Els
HEIGHT: 6-3 (191cm)
WEIGHT: 210 (95kg)
BIRTHDATE: October 17, 1969
BIRTHPLACE: Johannesburg, South Africa
RESIDENCES: Wentworth, England & George, South Africa
FAMILY: Wife, Liezl; Samantha (5/26/99), Ben (10/6/02)
SPECIAL INTERESTS: Movies, reading, sports
TURNED PROFESSIONAL: 1989
JOINED PGA TOUR: 1994
EXEMPT STATUS: Winner, 1997 U.S. Open (through 2007)


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1994 U.S. Open at Oakmont CC, Penn.
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His 14 PGA TOUR victories were achieved at the following events: 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 Championship,  Sony Open in Hawaii.  2004  Sony Open in Hawaii,  the Memorial Tournament.

In addition, he has won 36 other tournaments on the European Tour, South African Tour, Japan Tour and Australasian Tour and has won at least one event somewhere in the world every year since 1992.

He was granted lifetime exemption on the European Tour in 1999 and is currently leading the 2004 Volvo Order of Merit, the European Tour's official money list. The earnings from his win at the Memorial Tournament last week moved him up into third place on the 2004 PGA Money List with $3,071,125.

Of the 51 Official World Ranking events he has competed in over the last two years he has only failed to pick up points twice and one of those was due to withdrawing from the event because of the birth of his son. Has finished in the top ten in all six European Tour events entered this year and five of eight PGA Tour events, the last four consecutive.


2002 Open at Muirfield, Scotland.
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1997 U.S. Open at Congressional CC, Bethesda, Maryland with Liezl.
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His commitment to his golf career is matched by his commitment to his family. Earlier this year he withdrew from the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship to be with his daughter on her first day at school.

And when Ernie Els is not playing golf?

He is heavily involved in encouraging junior golf in South Africa and helping the underprivileged to achieve their potential. Then there's his work with the handicapped. And don't forget golf course design.

At 34 years old Ernie Els has already achieved enough to fill a book and this profile just picks out a few of the highlights. For more information about Ernie Els, read his PGA Tour bio, his European Tour bio or visit his official website, www.ernieels.com.

 

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Article by Andy Smith

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