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Ernie Els

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (47) / 10/17/1969
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 210

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Prior to the start of the event, Ernie Els has withdrawn from this week's AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, clearing a spot in the field for Tom Hoge. UPDATE: Els updated his fans via Twitter, "Always love playing @attproam so obviously really disappointed to have to w/d due to neck injury."
With 429 career starts to his name, it's surprising to see Els has teed it up just twice at the AT&T Pro-Am. The first came in 1996, the year in which weather wrecked havoc, leading to the cancellation of the event after two rounds. He returned in 2015 to miss the cut after rounds of 70-71-73=214. In his place, Tom Hoge will make his third appearance at the event. Hoge missed the cut in his 2015 debut and returned with a T41 last year. Feb 7 - 10:20 AM

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Ernie Els is taking his first stab at The RSM Classic as he prepares for the Plantation Course and Seaside Course at Sea Island Golf Club.

The Hall of Famer has made 428 starts on the PGA TOUR so it's odd to see him take on an unfamiliar venue. After missing the FedExCup Playoffs in each of the past two seasons, perhaps he's looking to bank some early FEC Points this time around. So far, he's 2-for-3 to open the new campaign, but he's racked up just 6.5 FEC Points with a T72 at the CIMB and T65 at the Shriners. The 47-year-old hasn't found a podium finish on the TOUR since his monstrous Open Championship victory in July of 2012.
Tue, Nov 15, 2016 09:24:00 AM

Ernie Els returns to Germany this week, an old stomping ground, as he plays in the Porsche European Open at Golf Resort Bad Griesbach.

Since finishing T14 at The Heritage in last April the South African veteran is 6-for-13 but has only one finish better than T47 in that period, when T5 in the Quicken Loans National in late June. He's made just six regular European Tour starts this season with just the one top 25 finish – T18 in the Dubai Desert Classic. You must also go back 22 regular European Tour events to find the last time he ended the week inside the top ten, but the good news is that it happened in Germany, at the 2013 BMW International Open. His record in the country is strong, with 15 starts reaping one win and a further eight top ten finishes. He's missed one cut there and was disqualified once, otherwise he has always finished T28 or better.
Tue, Sep 20, 2016 01:08:00 PM

Hall of Famer Ernie Els backed up with a 1-over-par 34-38=72 in today's final round of the Quicken Loans National for a four-day total of 12-under 272, down three spots to solo fifth, five back of champion Billy Hurley III.

The 46-year-old was chasing his 20th TOUR win in his 420th career start, first since the 2012 Open Championship. He played out of the final pairing with Hurley III and began the finale in solo second on 13-under, two back of the would-be-champ. The transplanted Floridian landed just half (of 14) fairways and nine greens in regulation but circled six birdies for a stellar 1.444 putts per GIR. For the week, he was No. 1 in the latter at 1.553 so he made the most of his scoring chances. Unfortunately, he erased all his great work in R4 with five bogeys and a costly double bogey at the par-3 10th, after climbing to within one of Hurley at the break. On the plus side, Els bags his first top 10 of the season in his 15th start, and first since a T5 at the 2014 Barclays 22 months ago.
Sun, Jun 26, 2016 07:39:00 PM

Hall of Famer Ernie Els painted a bogey-free 6-under-par 33-32=65 in today's third round of the Quicken Loans National for a three-day tally of 13-under 200, up two spots to solo second, two swings shy of 54-hole leader Billy Hurley III.

The 46-year-old will be going for his 20th TOUR title in his 420th career start, first since the 2012 Open Championship, and will be in the final pairing on Sunday with Hurley III, who's chasing his maiden victory in his 104th career start. Els began Moving Day in a four-way T4 on 7-under and posted the round of the day with four birdies and a hole-out eagle-2 on the 12th from 157 yards away (video link below). He striped a week-best nine (of 14) fairways and hit 12 greens in regulation, posting a stellar 6.282 in SG: Total. The South African's split included an 18'2" birdie-2 at the seventh and a 23'8" roll on the par-4 14th that completed his scoring. He missed a couple of great chances on 15 and 16, both from inside of six feet, but otherwise recorded his third straight positive number with the flat stick.
Sat, Jun 25, 2016 06:26:00 PM

Ernie Els pieced together a 2-under-par 34-35=69 during the second round of the Quicken Loans National, climbing to 7-under 135 through two days.

The South African opened his week with a 5-under 66 but settled for three strokes more today. One factor for the decline was his accuracy off the tee as he missed 10 (of 14) fairways today. His flat stick bailed him out a few times, including a 28'7" birdie splash at the par-3 10th hole for an unexpected birdie surprise. Through 36 holes, the Hall of Famer has split just 12 fairways, a percentage that must improve over the weekend if he wants to remain in contention.
Fri, Jun 24, 2016 05:47:00 PM

Ernie Els spun a 5-under-par 32-34=66 to kick off his week at the Quicken Loans National, one stroke off the early pace set by Jhonattan Vegas.

The Hall of Famer opened on the back nine and scribbled five pars to open his week. From there he traded two birdies with a bogey over his next three holes. The circles came on putts of nine feet and 29 feet at the par-4 15th and par-5 16th holes, respectively. His flat stick wasn't done working yet, as he rolled in two more putts from outside nine feet before the round was over. Despite the well-publicized putting woes earlier this season at the Masters, Els entered the week ranked 41st in strokes gained putting so it's actually been the strength of his game this season. He is still seraching for his first top 10 on the PGA TOUR since a T5 at the 2014 Barclays.
Thu, Jun 23, 2016 03:05:00 PM

Hall of Famer and two-time champ Ernie Els contests his 24th consecutive U.S. Open this week at Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pennsylvania.

The South African's wins in 1994 and 1997 highlight 10 overall top 10s in U.S. Opens with his most recent a T4 across the state at Merion GC in 2013. That came on the heels of solo ninth at Olympic Club and capped a nice run of three top 10s in four years, the other was third at Pebble Beach/2010. The 46-year-old enters this week off three straight missed cuts with his last cash a T64 at THE PLAYERS. He's making his 94th overall major appearance and is a four-time champ. Els' last of 19 PGA TOUR titles came at the 2012 Open Championship at Royal Lytham. He's scheduled in Round 1 off the first tee at 1:58 p.m. ET with 2003 champ Jim Furyk and 2007 winner at Oakmont CC, Angel Cabrera. Els finished T51 at 21-over 301 in that 2007 edition.
Wed, Jun 15, 2016 07:07:00 PM

Ernie Els found his putting stroke on the way to a 6-under-par 35-31=66 opening effort at THE PLAYERS.

The South African opened on the back nine with a blemish-free, 5-under 31. From there, the course record of 63 was well in sight, but he squared bogeys at two of his first three holes after making the turn. In between, he sandwiched an eagle at the par-5 second hole, sticking his 219-yard approach to eight feet and rolling it in from there. The putting struggles have been well-documented for the Hall of Famer, but he walked off the course with 2.804 strokes gained putting. In 75 career rounds at TPC Sawgrass, Els has just one round better than this (7-under 65 in R3 of 1996 edition).
Thu, May 12, 2016 01:18:00 PM

Hall of Famer Ernie Els navigated Harbour Town Golf Links in 5-under-par 33-33=66 to wrap his 17th RBC Heritage on 2-under 282, up 30 spots on the live leaderboard to T18. UPDATE: With play completed, Els finished T14 for his first top 25 of the season in his eighth start.

The Big Easy posted negative numbers in strokes gained: putting over the first two rounds but hung up a 5.366 in round three and at the time he signed his card, 4.726 in the finale for a cumulative 8.557, second in the field in that category. He hit eight (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, circling six on the card with a long of 19'7" at the par-3 seventh. The 46-year-old also added birdie rolls of 19'3" at the par-4 11th, 16'3" at the par-4 first, and 13'3" at the par-5 15th. His lone blemish was a bogey-5 at the 10th on a failed scramble. The South African's 66 is a season best in 28 rounds, previously 67/R2 at the Northern Trust, and was a much-needed dose of confidence with the flat stick after last week's well-publicized putting woes at the Masters.
Sun, Apr 17, 2016 02:23:00 PM

Ernie Els hoisted the hardware at the 2010 Arnold Palmer Invitational and is back this week for another crack at Bay Hill Club and Lodge.

The South African possesses a 15-for-20 record at this event, with two wins on his tournament resume (1998 and 2010). More recently, he finished T13 last year. On the flip side, he's finished outside the top 60 in three of his four starts this season. Els clearly loves this layout, which makes him a nice sleeper, particularly for DFS formats.
Wed, Mar 16, 2016 05:13:00 PM

Ernie Els peeled back the years with a flawless 5-under-par 34-33=67 and a 9-under 135 halfway total that earned him the clubhouse lead alongside Danny Willett after the morning starters had completed their rounds in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

The South African veteran is not only a three-time champion at the Emirates GC, but has shot under par in 46 of his 53 rounds on the course - and few will have tasted as sweet as this reminder of the glory days. He signed for birdies on 13, 3 and 5, but kept the best for the 18th (his 9th) where an eagle-3 compensated for the bogey-6 he made there in round one. He needed 28 putts and was in no doubt that is the secret to his success so far this week. "I feel like I'm looking forward to the weekend," he told after the round. "I'm not dreading the greens. That's where I've been for the last two or three years since I won The Open Championship. I feel very different. I feel like I don't mind making a two-footer or a four-footer. I feel I can do that, and my ball-striking has been okay." Late in the day Rafa Cabrera-Bello assumed the solo lead at 10-under.
Fri, Feb 5, 2016 04:42:00 AM

Ernie Els took a bogey-6 at the 18th hole and missed the opportunity to tie for the first-round lead at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, eventually settling for a 4-under-par 33-35=68.

Els had been perfect up to that point after picking off birdies at 6, 8, 13, 15 and 16 but made a mess of trying to circle another at the par-5 last and finished two back from leader Alex Noren. For now, that has the big South African in T6 on the live leaderboard. Els missed just one green in regulation in his afternoon trot around the Emirates while he was 7 (of 14) in fairways hit. 'The Big Easy' has some great history in this event with victories in 1994, 2002 and 2005. He'd arrived in Dubai on the back of a T29 in Qatar.
Thu, Feb 4, 2016 08:35:00 AM

Ernie Els is excited to tee it up at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic after finding something on the greens last week in Qatar.

It has been an increasingly awkward feature of tournament golf in the last six months: footage of the big South African yipping from inches. But last week in Doha he holed every putt he faced from inside 5 feet and is talking a good game on his return to a happy hunting ground. "For a while I had the heebiejeebies," he told reporters. "I've had some bad years but last year was probably the worst. It was really getting into my head." Els is 172 under-par through his 52 rounds at Emirates GC, where he first became a winner in 1994 and where, between 1998 and 2008, he played 8 times, added another two wins and never once finished outside the top three. The flipside is that his last three trips read MC-MC-T55 and his last top ten in a main tour was back in October 2014, a T5 in Hong Kong.
Wed, Feb 3, 2016 04:43:00 AM

Ernie Els will play in the Joburg Open at Royal Johannesburg & Kensington GC for the first time this week.

Yes, you heard that right. This event hasn't ever fallen right for Els' schedule which usually begins on the PGA TOUR in either Hawaii or California. But this year he tees it up in his home-soil event and will hope to find some form after missing the cut in last week's BMW South African Open. Els' star has waned considerably but he did crack the top 25 in the final major of 2015 so we can't write his obituary just yet. That said, he hasn't posted a top 20 worldwide since March's Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Mon, Jan 11, 2016 03:09:00 PM