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Ernie Els |

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

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Ernie Els has logged just one PGA TOUR start since the BMW Championship during the FedExCup Playoffs.
That is not to say that Els has been sitting around on the couch. Since his last start in the U.S., he has made each of his six cuts across the world including a T46 in the WGC-HSBC Champions. His best finish was a T5 in the Hong Kong Open. This very much follows the script of what we've seen from The Big Easy in the past, so there is essentially nothing that would raise any red or green flags based on this information. It's business as usual, with the expectation that he will return to the PGA TOUR sometime late in the West Coast Swing. Dec 3 - 2:50 PM

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Ernie Els will take a look at his old yardage books as he returns to Sheshan International for this week's WGC-HSBC Champions.

The Big Easy has plenty of fond memories of this tournament. Els fired a 9-under 63 in the final round to finish runner-up in 2009, finished inside the top 10 the following year, before grabbing another runner-up finish at Mission Hills in 2012. He wasn't satisifed as he collected a T11 in last year's running, as well. A long tournament resume for the South African makes him one to strongly consider in salary-cap formats this week.
Nov 4 - 11:06 PM

Ernie Els has advanced to the third leg of the FedExCup Playoffs at the BMW Championship this week.

The Big Easy was a distant 116th in the FEC standings following a missed cut at the Open Championship, but quickly made up ground with a T12-T26-T7-T64 run from the RBC Canadian Open through the Wyndham Championship. That boosted him to 91st when the Playoffs began, and his T5 at The Barclays and T50 at the Deutsche Bank Championship have hastened his climb. He'll need another big week at Cherry Hills in order to move inside the top 30 and make it to East Lake for the TOUR Championship.
Sep 3 - 9:51 PM

Ernie Els crafted a bogey-free 5-under-par 33-33=66 in the final round of The Barclays to take control of the clubhouse lead at 11-under 273.

Els picked up five birdies and settled for 13 pars on his navigation of Ridgewood CC, with four of those birdies dropping from outside of 10 feet. The longest came at the par-4 ninth from 20'10". The Big Easy closed with back-to-back birdies to give himself a shot at his first victory since the 2012 Open Championship. Considering he entered the week 91st in the FedExCups standings, he is certain to make a huge leap in that regard.
Aug 24 - 4:44 PM

Ernie Els has turned in a pair of 3-under-par 68s to open The Barclays and sits one stroke adrift of the 36-hole clubhouse tri-leaders

While The Big Easy carded three red numbers at Sedgefield last week, a third-round 73 spoke to the kind of inconsistency that has dogged him for some time now. So, despite his current position at Ridgewood, continue to hold your breath if you're on board. Thus far, he's hit 25 greens in regulation and has picked up nearly two strokes in putting per round. Els circled five birdies in each round, the longest today falling in from 17'4" at the par-4 16th hole.
Aug 22 - 1:41 PM

Ernie Els ranks 91st in the FedExCup standings as the Playoffs begin at The Barclays this week.

The South African returned to relevance with a T7 at the PGA Championship two weeks ago, but disappointed with a T64 at the Wyndham Championship last week. Considering his two finishes at Ridgewood CC resulted in a missed cut in 2008 and a 71st in 2010, it's hard to push too many chips his way. He likely won't need much more than a weekend tee time to advance to the second leg of the Playoffs at TPC Boston next week.
Aug 20 - 9:46 PM

Ernie Els has been added to the published field of this week's Wyndham Championship.

He's not the late entry many were hoping (i.e. Tiger Woods), but every event is better with a Hall of Famer. Els bounced off a T7 at Valhalla where he closed with a field-tying-low 65. It propelled him to his first top 10 in a stroke-play PGA TOUR event since a T4 at the 2013 U.S. Open. This will mark his third appearance at Sedgefield in four years. He's taken to the course nicely with a T30 in 2011 and a T20 last year.
Aug 11 - 1:22 PM

Ernie Els turned in a 6-under-par 30-35=65 in the final round of the PGA Championship to join Jimmy Walker in the clubhouse lead at 11-under 273.

The Big Easy racked up six birdies on his first 11 holes at Valhalla Golf Club, then slowed his pace to trade a bogey at the par-4 17th for a birdie at the par-5 18th. He highlighted a run of four consecutive birdies, beginning with the par-3 third hole, with a 15'4" birdie on the par-4 sixth hole. He added notable birdies from 15'6" and 25'5" on the par-4 ninth and par-3 11th holes. While it appears highly unlikely that he will pick up his first Wanamaker Trophy, he displayed that he still has the ability to put together four solid rounds at a major championship.
Aug 10 - 6:35 PM

Ernie Els struggled in his opening round of The 143rd Open Championship after which he signed for a 7-over-par 42-37=79.

The two-time winner of the Claret Jug opened the tournament by three-putting from inside the leather at the par-4 first hole. He whiffed badly on a tap-in for bogey, and then flubbed a backhanded attempt from longer range. He'd hit 11 greens in regulation, find only one birdies, that a 4 at the 16th hole. But the damage was done as The Big Easy made it look anything but with five bogeys in the wake of the opening triple. UPDATE: reported that Els struck a spectator with his opening tee ball. "There was blood everywhere," he said. The ball hit the jaw of a male senior citizen. "I really felt bad hitting it there into the people and hurting the guy the way I did. Hopefully he’s better now. It wasn’t very nice. ... "It was a nightmare. I’d like to put it behind me. I just hope the gentleman feels better, because he looked really bad when I left him there."
Jul 17 - 2:05 PM

Ernie Els will tee it up at Congressional Country Club in the Quicken Loans National.

It's easy to stop the course-history research with just this event and the 2011 U.S. Open, but looking a little deeper will reveal that Els claimed the 1997 U.S. Open at Congressional. That makes it a bit surprising that he's never competed in the QLN. He also tied for 14th in the 2011 Open at Congressional, so he should be on the radar in deeper formats.
Jun 25 - 10:28 PM

Ernie Els will look to add to his already extensive course resume at this week's Memorial Tournament.

It's no secret that the 2004 champion enjoys the layout of Muirfield Village, boasting an 18-for-20 record with 10 top 15s, to boot. His lackluster season that includes just one finish inside the top 30 has lowered his stock quite a bit, making him a good option for salary-cap gamers.
May 28 - 11:45 AM

Ernie Els submitted a 4-under-par 34-34=68 for his opening round of THE PLAYERS.

Els has not found any momentum since finishing fourth at the Match Play where he scored over par in his first three rounds anyway. Perhaps today's fortune will lead to bigger things. He holed out twice, first for eagle from 105 yards at the par-4 fourth hole, and then from 31 yards for birdie at the par-4 14th. Elsewhere, The Big Easy traded four birdies with three bogeys. Two of those birdies found the cup from outside 12 feet. He'd sign his card sitting just three strokes adrift of the clubhouse lead. This is his lowest round at TPC Sawgrass since he opened the 2004 edition with the same.
May 8 - 3:40 PM

Ernie Els is looking to break out of his slump at this week's Wells Fargo Championship.

The Big Easy enters the week ranked 90th in the FedExCup standings, having missed four cuts in 11 tournaments. Given his cachet, these are the indicators of slump. There is room for improvement in every aspect of his game as he currently ranks 204th in fairways hit, 161st in strokes gained-putting, and 189th in par breakers. Els is 2-for-2 at Quail Hollow but there is hardly any reason for gamers to take a risk considering his abysmal form.
Apr 29 - 11:46 AM

Ernie Els hung up a 4-under-par 34-34=68 for his opening round of the Shell Houston Open.

The Big Easy rolled into the SHO having missed consecutive cuts for the first time since the second and third majors of 2011, but he flashed vintage short game at the Golf Club of Houston today. He hit only 11 greens but limited the damage to a closing bogey-5 at the 18th hole. Prior to it, he lassoed five birdies, including conversions of 11'11" at the second and 34'11" at No. 16. He also drilled in an 11-yarder from just off the green at 16. Els signed his card sitting two strokes adrift of the clubhouse co-leaders.
Apr 3 - 4:52 PM

Ernie Els set to make his second Valero Texas Open start after a three-year recess.

Els finished strong in his only other appearance at the AT&T Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio. He posted three rounds in the 60s after an opening round of 72. Clearly, that experience made a dent as The Big Easy is comfy on the layout. "It’s different to what we play most weeks, but personally I felt comfortable out here in 2010," he wrote on his website on Monday.
Mar 25 - 3:22 PM