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Ernie Els |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (45) / 10/17/1969
College: South Africa

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Ernie Els carded a 4-under-par 32-34=66 in today's opening round of the Travelers Championship and sits two swings adrift of the clubhouse tri-leaders.
The 45-year-old has made virtually no noise this season. He's 170th in the FedExCup standings and hadn't score this low in a PGA TOUR event since he closed the 2014 Barclays with the same. Els hit only 11 greens in regulation today but limited the damage to one bogey (at the par-4 fourth hole) while picking off five birdies elsewhere. His longest conversion disappeared for birdie from 15'1" at the par-4 17th. Incidentally, while his fantasy value has waned significantly, The Big Easy is fully exempt through 2016-17. Jun 25 - 4:25 PM

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Ernie Els possesses a sterling U.S. Open record and will look to pile on this week at Chambers Bay.

The Big Easy relishes a good challenging golf course. It's easy to see that when you glance at his record on U.S. Open venues. In 22 attempts he has bagged 13 top 25s including a pair of victories, his latest coming in 1997. Els' current form is not as appealing, which categorizes him under the high-risk, high-reward options this week.
Source: USOpen.com
Jun 15 - 8:28 PM

Ernie Els hit the birdie trail late on and painted an even-par 38-34=72 in round one of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

Despite revealing on his website that he'd recovered from the recent muscle strain which had caused him to pull out of last week's Wells Fargo Championship, the South African started poorly with a pair of opening bogeys. He dropped another shot at the ninth but despite squaring further bogeys at 13 and 16 the story of his back nine was a birdie burst that took him back to evens. Those gains came at 11, 12, 15, 17 and 18. Els managed to split just 6 (of 14) fairways but did hit 12 of the greens he helped renovate with his design team ahead of the 2010 event.
May 21 - 2:56 PM

Ernie Els will know the lay of the land better than anyone when he returns to England for the BMW PGA Championship.

Els lived on the Wentworth Estate for many years and he and his design team have a big part in the West Course's history having been responsible for the modernization and renovation of the Harry Colt classic. Not everyone likes the changes and Els came under fire for his remodelling of the 18th hole ahead of the 2010 event but he's continued to play well at the course. He won six Match Play titles on the old layout and in recent years has finished T7 (2012) and T6 (2013) on the new. The South African pulled out of last week's Wells Fargo Championship with a muscle strain but was hitting balls again over the weekend so is raring to have another crack at a tournament he's never won despite seven top 10s.
May 19 - 6:32 PM

Ernie Els has withdrawn from this week's Wells Fargo Championship due to a muscle strain. Benjamin Alvarado and Mark Anderson also withdrew as alternates.

The Big Easy tied for 66th at THE PLAYERS. He's 5-for-10 on the season and sits 162nd in the FedExCup standings. UPDATE: Els passed along the following message on Twitter: "Gutted to have to withdraw from @WellsFargoGolf today. A great event and course. Never like withdrawing from an event but strained my back."
May 13 - 11:28 AM

Ernie Els has finished outside the top 40 in each of his past six starts at THE PLAYERS but returns this week for another crack at TPC Sawgrass.

It's been a love-hate relationship for Els and TPC Sawgrass as he tallied eight top 20s at the venue prior to 2009 but looks lost ever since. His recent form won't help alleviate your worries, as he's just 4-for-9 on the season. Els currently ranks 191st in driving accuracy and will need to find that part of his game quickly if he wants to contend this week.
Source: PGATOUR.com
May 6 - 8:27 PM

Ernie Els put it in reverse on the back nine to shoot himself way out of contention at the 79th Masters.

The big South African could only card a 3-over-par 35-40=75 in round three and slipped from to T7 to T21. At 2-over 214 he's 14 shots behind leader Jordan Spieth. Els bogeyed the first but appeared to be going along nicely after birdies at the fourth and eighth to turn in 1-under and 6-under overall. After trading a bogey at 10 with a birdie at 13, the damage was done in a three-hole stretch late one when he followed a double bogey-7 at 15 with further bogeys at 16 and 17. The four-time major winner three-putted twice.
Apr 12 - 5:25 AM

Ernie Els added an even-par 36-36=72 in today's second round of the Masters, reaching the midpoint in 5-under 139, good for early possession of the clubhouse lead.

His lead is academic as Jordan Spieth is on pace to set the 36-hole scoring record, but Els can hang his hat on the fact that he's contending again in a major. He hit 13 greens in regulation and converted four birdies today. All were on par 5s on which he's now bogey-free 9-under on the week (1 eagle, 7 birdies). The Big Easy also squared four bogey-5s, which may come back to haunt him if Spieth's armor cracks.
Apr 10 - 1:44 PM

Ernie Els spun a 5-under-par 34-33=67 in his opening round of the Masters, finishing with a share of the clubhouse lead with Charley Hoffman and Justin Rose.

The Big Easy is a surprise on the early leaderboard of the 79th edition of the seaosn's first major. He created 12 opportunities to score and converted for an eagle (from close range at the par-5 15th hole) and five birdies. Els dropped shot at the par-4 seventh and 18th holes, but he still goes in the books with his lowest round at Augusta National since closing out a solo second in 2004 with the same.
Apr 9 - 5:28 PM

Ernie Els crafted a 4-under-par 33-35=68 in the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational and is the first man in at 10-under 278.

Els went on a three-birdie run beginning with the par-5 fourth and ending on the par-5 sixth hole. His birdies fell from 10'7", 22'5" and 15'3" on that stretch. Considering he took a quadruple bogey on the sixth hole in the third round, that was quite a turnaround. He later added two birdies on the back nine at Bay Hill to just one bogey. His number will not hold up for the win, but he will likely think about what could have been were it not for that miscue in the third round.
Mar 22 - 2:52 PM

Ernie Els punctuated his second round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational with a hole-out for birdie from a bunker 21 yards away at the par-4 ninth hole.

After providing the spectators with an impromptu shake of the hips, The Big Easy signed for a 5-under-par 33-34=67. Prior to the highlight, he also holed an eagle from 22'1" at the par-5 16th and three other birdies. Els' only blemish was a three-putt bogey from just inside 38 feet at the par-4 eighth. He split six (of 14) fairways and hit 13 greens in regulation today. The 2010 champ arrived at Bay Hill having missed four straight cuts on the PGA TOUR. He's currently 85th in the Official World Golf Ranking, his worst spot since he ranked 85th in November of 1992.
Mar 20 - 2:02 PM

Ernie Els is quite the veteran of the Arnold Palmer Invitational and returns to the familiar Bay Hill Club and Lodge for the 20th time.

Els walked away with the hardware in 2010, and that was the only time he managed to break par in each of the four rounds. He also won back in 1998, but that seems like light years ago. Perhaps most intriguing to gamers is his T4 as recently as 2012. The 2014-15 PGA TOUR season has not been kind to The Big Easy. He ranks a dismal 216th in the FedExCup standings, with his only payday in five tries coming at the 2014 WGC-HSBC Champions. Oh, and that was a no-cut event.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Mar 18 - 5:14 PM

Ernie Els shot 1-under-par 73-71-70=214 at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, missing the 54-hole cut by five strokes.

The Big Easy was making just his second appearance in the tournament. His debut in 1996 was washed out due to weather. He fared very well in the two U.S. Opens at Pebble Beach in the interim (T2, 2000; solo third, 2010), but that form eluded him throughout this week. Els buried just eight birdies on the three courses in play and squared five bogeys and a double. Other notables that failed to play on include: 210--Ryan Palmer; Ian Poulter; John Daly ... 211--Chris Kirk; Rory Sabbatini ... 213--Kevin Streelman; Jason Kokrak ... 214--Kevin Na ... 215--Nick Taylor ... 216--Steven Bowditch ... 225--Paul McGinley.
Feb 14 - 9:58 PM

Ernie Els looked confident with the short putter as he authored a 5-under-par 33-34=67 in round one of the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters.

Els has switched back to the 35" putter he used in his 20s and, after watching some old videos, the signs were good as he kept a bogey off his card on his opening lap of Doha Golf Club. The four-time major winner was fast out of the gates with three birdies in his opening four holes before consolidating with five straight pars. Els circled further birdies on the back nine's two par fives. The South African stalwart won this event in 2005 and closed with a 65 to finish T12 in last week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.
Jan 21 - 9:21 AM

Tournament host Ernie Els carded a 5-under-par 33-34=67 to take the clubhouse lead on the opening morning of the South African Open.

Els circled six birdies against a single bogey to put himself in good early position to win his national championship for a sixth time. The 45-year-old, who started his day at the 10th, rounded off in style with a glorious approach to two feet at the ninth to set up a kick-in closing birdie. Four-time major winner Els is both ambassador and host this week so it remains to be seen whether the extra commitments will catch up with him as the tournament progresses. One extra concern could be on the greens. Els has returned to a standard putter again but admitted after his round that short putts were "still a little bit nerve-wracking".
Jan 8 - 6:32 AM