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Ernie Els

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (48) / 10/17/1969
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 210

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Ernie Els smoothed a 2-under-par 34-36=70 during the second round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, staking an early spot inside the top 10 on the live leaderboard with a two-day tally of 5-under 139.
The South African who now calls Florida home is looking quite comfortable at Bay Hill Club & Lodge. Through 36 holes he's split 20 (of 28) fairways and peppered 24 greens. Both ratios are currently ranked inside the top 40 in the field. Els wasn't perfect on the greens today (three missed chances from inside 12 feet) but he did splash home notable birdies from 33'6" and 14'2" at the 12 and 6th holes, respectively. Trading seven birdies with two bogeys through two rounds, those conservative scorecards are a recipe for success at Bay Hill, as long as he can continue to avoid the big number over the weekend. A big finish would come a bit out of the blue since Els hasn't posted a top 30 on the PGA TOUR since June of 2016 (Solo 5th @ The National). Mar 16 - 1:52 PM

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Ernie Els will make an appearance at the Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club this week.

The 48-year-old Els has missed the cut or withdrawn in each of past three PGA Tour events, and five of his past six events worldwide. The South African veteran is a fan favorite, but he just isn't someone to pin your hopes upon in DFS at this juncture of his career. Unless he shows some sort of unexpected revival, piecing together several good showings in a row, he is someone to avoid, even at a DFS minimum salary.
Feb 14 - 6:11 PM

Ernie Els has withdrawn from the Wyndham Championship, citing a rib injury to put an end to his 2016-17 season. He was 4-over thru 27 holes at the time of the WD.

Els entered the week ranked 213th in the FedExCup race, needing a win to crack the Playoffs and keep his full TOUR status. Instead, he opened with a 1-over 71 and started round two with four bogeys and a pair of birdies before the turn. The 47-year-old was playing in the final year of his exemption from the 2012 Open Championship victory. Playing out of the Past Champion category next year, starts won't come as easy, but as a 19-time winner, his options will be a little more abundant than, say, a PGA TOUR rookie who failed to keep his card.
Fri, Aug 18, 2017 10:29:00 AM

Ernie Els takes his veteran links skills to Royal Birkdale where he'll be playing in his 27th Open Championship.

The 47-year-old boasts a brilliant record with victories at Muirfield in 2002 and Royal Lytham in 2012 while he owns another 11 top 10s in this event. At Royal Birkdale he took seventh in 2008 despite an opening 80 and was T29 in 1998. But what of the current Els? Despite a continued slip down the world rankings (now 417th), the South African has made his last five worldwide cuts and has played all four rounds in the first two majors of 2017. It's a while since he's contended but Els has it in him to be this year's 'former champ rolls back the years' story. He starts his bid Thursday alongside Ross Fisher and Bernd Wiesberger at 07:41.
Wed, Jul 19, 2017 06:12:00 AM

Ernie Els returns to the scene of a past victory when he heads to Germany for the BMW International Open at Golfclub München Eichenried.

What a peculiar record in Germany Ernie has. Ten finishes of T28 or better, including victory in this event in 2013, only one missed cut, but managed to get himself disqualified twice. The win came in the perfect place for this week – the Eichenried track where an opening 63 gave him the lead and he never relinquished it in adding three 69s. The relevance of that win for his career? It’s the last time he lifted a trophy. Briefly reminded the world what he’s capable of last week when 4-under through his first nine holes in the U.S. Open before time caught up with him as he logged T55. That was his fourth weekend made on the trot, but he hasn’t been inside the top 30 since the Qatar Masters in January and before that last June.
Tue, Jun 20, 2017 06:36:00 AM

World No. 404 Ernie Els withdrew during Round 2 of the Wells Fargo Championship citing a back injury. UPDATE: Els returned at the AT&T Byron Nelson and posted a 1-under 69 to open the week.

The Hall of Famer was 4-over thru 16 holes, 8-over total. He opened in birdie-less 4-over 76 and had overshadowed two birdies with six bogeys in Friday's action before heading to the exits. The 47-year-old was playing out of the early/late part of the draw and had teed off three hours later than originally scheduled in R2 due to an earlier weather delay -- which ultimately pushed R2 into Saturday. This is just a third mid-tourney WD for him in 437 career events, first since the 2000 WGC-American Express Championship in Spain.
Sat, May 6, 2017 07:29:00 AM

Ernie Els will be looking to maintain his tournament consistency when he tees it up in the Shell Houston Open this week.

The big South African boasts a tournament record of 8-for-8 and whilst that run includes three top 20 finishes it lacks even one inside the top ten. It is actually a record that mirrors his log book in all of Texas: he is 21-for-25 there since 1996. But the fact that he has no win and only four top fives in there is somewhat surprising for a golfer of his standard. It might also be a concern that he has missed his last two weekends in the Lone Star State (at last year's Texas Open and Byron Nelson Championship). Even more worrying, he is 0-for-4 on the PGA Tour in 2017 and is yet to go sub-70. Neck injuries have been a problem and he'll be desperate to find some form ahead of what could be his final appearance at Augusta National next week.
Tue, Mar 28, 2017 06:31:00 AM

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.
Tue, Feb 7, 2017 10:20:00 AM

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