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Ernie Els

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (46) / 10/17/1969
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 210

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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). May 12 - 1:18 PM

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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.
Apr 17 - 2:23 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.
Mar 16 - 5:13 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.
Feb 5 - 4:42 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.
Feb 4 - 8:35 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.
Feb 3 - 4:43 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.
Jan 11 - 3:09 PM

Ernie Els lost his luster during the 2014-15 season and will look to regain form as we approach the 2016 portion of the schedule.

The South African plummeted from 41st to 173rd in the FedExCup standings in just one season. It was the first time the veteran had finished outside the top 70. The 19-time PGA TOUR winner hasn't finished on the podium in an official PGA event since his win at the Open Championship in July of 2012. Gamers should remain cautious until Els shows any sign of form.
Wed, Dec 9, 2015 09:58:00 PM

Ernie Els enters this week's CIMB Classic ready for a second chance at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club.

The South African went through the motions two years ago, finishing T47 during his course debut. He was on equal footing that year as it was the debut of Kuala Lumpur G&CC. Els missed out on the FedExCup Playoffs for the first time in his career last season. If a bounce-back season is on the horizon, this is a good place to start for Els.
Wed, Oct 28, 2015 09:24:00 AM

Ernie Els has played in 13 of the previous 14 Alfred Dunhill Links Championships and will head to Scotland to try his luck again this week.

The South African is a two-time runner-up (2001 and 2003) and has three other top 10s in this tournament although none since 2007. Having won two Open Championships, he should never be written off easily on links courses and only two years ago in this event he shot middle rounds of 65-64 to lie second with a round to go before fading to T17. Also note that Els is 10-for-10 on the European Tour this season which means he made the cut in all four majors. That includes T25 at the PGA Championship two starts ago while he was T68 at the following week's Wyndham Championship on his only appearance since.
Mon, Sep 28, 2015 04:30:00 PM

Ernie Els turned in a 7-under-par 33-31=64 for his opening round of the Quicken Loans National and signed his card sitting just one stroke off the clubhouse lead.

The Big Easy hasn't gone this low on the PGA TOUR since scoring the same in the second round of the Hyundai TOC in January 2011. (Kapalua is a par 73.) Today, with preferred lies in effect at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club, he hit 14 greens in regulation and connected for an eagle (from 10'7" at the par-5 14th hole) and six birdies. His most impressive birdie came courtesy of a hole-out from a bunker from 14 yards away at the par-3 ninth, but Els also rolled in conventional conversions from 22'4" and 56'5" at Nos. 11 and 15, respectively. He arrived in Virginia slotted 181st in the FedExCup standings, but the Hall of Famer is fully exempt through 2016-17.
Thu, Jul 30, 2015 07:13:00 PM

RBC Ambassador Ernie Els will be making his seventh career start at this week’s RBC Canadian Open, and fifth-consecutive.

In the eight-year history of the FedExCup Playoffs, 30 players have qualified every season, Els is one of those 30. At 179th in the FEC standings entering the week however, the 45-year-old has much work to do. Last season, he was ranked 115th entering the Canadian Open and rallied to finish 41st in the final standings. Els' career finishes at the RBC read: 2014/T12; 2013/T21; 2012/MC; 2011/T17; 1998/MC; 1996/T20. The 19-time winner on the PGA TOUR is 7-for-14 on the season with two top 25s. His season-best is T13 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. He posted T65 at last week's Open Championship.
Wed, Jul 22, 2015 09:57:00 AM

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.
Thu, Jun 25, 2015 04:25:00 PM

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.
Mon, Jun 15, 2015 08:28:00 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.
Thu, May 21, 2015 02:56:00 PM