Ernie Els is a South African professional golfer famous for being one of only six players ever to twice win both the U.S Open and the Open Championship. A former World No. 1, he is known as “The Big Easy” due to his 6 foot 3 frame along with his fluid golf swing.
Ernie first achieved prominence in 1984, when he won the Junior World Golf Championship in the Boys 13–14 category. Phil Mickelson was second to him that year. He then went on to win the South African Amateur Championship a few months after his 17th birthday, becoming the youngest-ever winner of that event.
Other highlights in Ernie’s career include topping the 2003 and 2004 European Tour Order of Merit and winning the World Match Play Championship a record seven times. In addition he was the leading career money winner on the European Tour until 2011, and was the first member of the tour to earn over 25 million Euros from European Tour events.
Ernie has held the number one spot in the Official World Golf Ranking and until 2013 held the record for weeks ranked in the top ten with 788. He was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2010, on his first time on the ballot, and was inducted in May 2011.
When not playing, he has a golf course design business, a charitable foundation which supports golf among underprivileged youngsters in South Africa, and a highly regarded wine-making business. Ernie’s work as a sporting after dinner speaker often revolves around the memory of these career highlights and involve a variety of humorous and insightful anecdotes regarding his professional career.
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