Ernie Els

RSA
 
RepresentsThe Els Club
Date of Birth17th October 1969
ResidenceWest Palm Beach, FL
Marital StatusMarried
Turned Pro1989
Websitehttp://www.ernieels.com
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Results

Date Tournament Pos Round Scores Total Winnings
* Not an OoM event. "pts" denotes a points-based event.

Order of Merit

Season Pos Winnings Played
2018/19 Sunshine Tour 33 298,035.42 2
1994/95 First National Bank Tour 1 460,488.35 4
1993/94 First National Bank Tour 3 160,410.00 4
1992/93 First National Bank Tour 2 222,495.82 8
1991/92 Summer Tour 1 324,540.00 10
1991 PGA Winter Tour 8 21,470.00 8

Biography

Had the natural talent to play rugby union, cricket or golf as a youngster, but reached scratch at the age of 14 and decided to concentrate on golf.In 1992 he matched the feat of compatriot, Gary Player by completing a hat-trick of South African Open, PGA and Masters titles.In 1993 Ernie was the first player ever to shoot four rounds under 70 in a British Open. Equalled the European Tour record of 12 birdies in a 61 his way to victory in the 1994 Dubai Dessert Classic.In 1994 became only the 4th foreign-born player since 1927 to win the US Open and repeated the feat, pipping Colin Montgomerie in 1997.Was ranked world number 1 over the week of 22/06/1997, for that week and then over the period of 12/04/1998 - 03/05 /1998 and once again over the period 17/05/1998 - 07/06/1998 each of these ran for four consecutive weeks. He is an Honorary Life Member of both the European Tour and Sunshine Tour. He won the 1991/1992 and the 1994/1995 Sunshine Tour Order of Merit and won the Volvo Order of Merit in Europe in 2003 + 2004.Formed the Ernie Els Foundation in 1999 for disadvantaged children. Established the Els for Autism Foundation in 2009, with son Ben, who is autistic, the driving force behind the mission. Also entered into wine production and in 2002, the 2000 Engelbrecht-Els wine was released and received the highest rating yet given to a South African wine.

Career Highlights

Date Name Pos Score VSPAR Round Scores Winnings
16/01/92 Protea Assurance SA Open 1 273 -15 65 69 69 70 70,695.00
22/01/92 Lexington PGA Championship 1 271 -9 69 66 65 71 63,200.00
12/02/92 South African Masters 1 275 -13 67 70 71 67 55,300.00
26/02/92 Hollard Ins. Royal Swz Sun Cl. 1 269 -19 74 67 64 64 47,130.00
19/11/92 FNB Players Championship 1 270 -18 68 68 65 69 79,000.00
17/12/92 Goodyear Classic 1 276 -12 71 69 69 67 55,300.00
05/01/95 Bell's Cup 1 275 -13 69 67 69 70 94,800.00
16/02/95 Lexington PGA Championship 1 271 -9 65 71 71 64 218,988.35
18/01/96 Philips SA Open Championship 1 275 -13 65 70 74 66 118,500.00
05/02/98 South African Open Champ. 1 273 -15 64 72 68 69 581,835.00
14/01/99 Alfred Dunhill PGA 1 273 -15 67 69 69 68 603,691.20
06/12/01 Vodacom Players Championship 1 273 -15 70 68 70 65 317,000.00
08/12/05 dunhill championship 1 274 -14 71 67 68 68 1,180,825.00
14/12/06 SAA Open 1 264 -24 67 66 66 65 1,498,475.00
16/12/10 SA Open Championship 1 263 -25 65 65 67 66 1,434,425.00
* Not an OoM event. "pts" denotes a points-based event.

Performance Statistics

Description Result
Career Prize Money 12,731,895.73
Best Single Prize Money 1,498,475.00
Tournament Wins 18
Playoff Wins 0
Tournament Top Ten Finishes 47
Most Consecutive Cuts Made 41
Low Round Score 63
Stroke Average 70.18
Average against Par -1.61
Total Number of Eagles 26
Total Number of Birdies 572
Average Birdies per Round 4.47
Total Holes in One 0

Achievements

Amateur Highlights
1984 World Junior Championships
1986 South African Amateur Championships
1986 South African Boys Championship
1989 South African Amateur Stroke Play Champion
Southern Africa PGA Tour Victories
1990 Spoornet SA Classic
1990 Highveld Classic
1991 Amatola Sun Classic
1992 Protea Assurance SA Open Championship
1992 Lexington PGA Championship
1992 SA Masters
1992 Hollard Royal Swazi Sun Open
1992 FNB Players Championship
1992 Goodyear Classic
1995 Bell's Cup
1995 Lexington PGA Championship
1996 Phillips SA Open Championship
1998 SA Open Championship
1999 Alfred Dunhill PGA Championship
2001 Vodacom Players Championship
2005 dunhill championship
2006 SAA Open
2010 South African Open Championship
SA PGA Tour Victories (Non OoM Events)
1999 Nedbank Million Dollar Challenge
2000 Nedbank Golf Challenge
2002 Nedbank Golf Challenge
2004 Nelson Mandela Invitational(with Vincent Tshabalala)
International Victories
1993 Dunlop Phoenix (Jpn)
1994 Sarazen World Open Championship
1994 Dubai Desert Classic (European Tour)
1994 Toyota World Match Play (European Tour)
1994 US Open Championship
1995 Toyota World Match Play (European Tour)
1995 GTE Byron Nelson Classic (PGA Tour)
1996 Buick Classic (PGA Tour)
1996 Toyota World Match Play (European Tour)
1997 Johnnie Walker Classic (European Tour)
1997 Buick Classic (US PGA Tour)
1997 PGA Grand Slam of Golf (Hawaii)
1997 US Open Championship
1998 Bay Hill Invitational (PGA Tour)
1999 Nissan Open (PGA Tour)
2000 Standard Life Loch Lomond (European Tour)
2000 The International (PGA Tour)
2002 Heineken Classic (European Tour)
2002 Genuity Championship (PGA Tour)
2002 Dubai Desert Classic (European Tour)
2002 Cisco World Match Play Championship (European Tour)
2002 The Open Championship
2003 Mercedes Championship (PGA Tour)
2003 Sony Open in Hawaii (PGA Tour)
2003 Johnnie Walker Classic (European Tour)
2003 The Barclays Scottish Open (European Tour)
2003 Omega European Masters (European Tour)
2003 HSBC World Match Play Championship (European Tour)
2003 Heineken Classic (European Tour)
2004 Memorial Tournament (PGA Tour)
2004 WGC - American Express Championship
2004 HSBC World Match Play Championship (European Tour)
2004 Heineken Classic (European Tour)
2004 Sony Open in Hawaii (PGA Tour)
2005 Dubai Desert Classic (European Tour)
2005 BMW Asian Open (European + Asian Tours)
2005 Qatar Masters (European Tour)
2007 HSBC World Matchplay Championship (European Tour)
2008 The Honda Classic (PGA Tour)
2010 WGC - CA Championship
2010 Arnold Palmer Invitational (PGA Tour)
2010 PGA Grand Slam of Golf
2012 The Open Championship
2013 BMW International Open (European Tour)
Other Victories or Awards
Team Events
1996 Winner of World Cup of Golf (with Wayne Westner)
1996 Presidents Cup (1996, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2007 + 2009)
1997 - 1998 Alfred Dunhill Cup(with David Frost + Retief Goosen)
1998 Alfred Dunhill Cup(with David Frost + Retief Goosen)
2001 Winner of WGC - World Cup (with Retief Goosen)