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

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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

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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.
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

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.
Wed, Dec 3, 2014 02:50:00 PM

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.
Tue, Nov 4, 2014 11:06:00 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.
Wed, Sep 3, 2014 09:51:00 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.
Sun, Aug 24, 2014 04:44:00 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.
Fri, Aug 22, 2014 01:41:00 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.
Wed, Aug 20, 2014 09:46:00 PM