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Ernie Els |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (44) / 10/17/1969
College: South Africa

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Ernie Els hungt 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

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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

Ernie Els continues his navigation of the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship with a 4-and-2 win over Jordan Spieth in the Player Bracket in the quarterfinals.

Basically an underdog entering his match with the youngster, Els caught Spieth on the right day of the week and took full advantage. Spieth's poor Saturday performances on the West Coast Swing have potentially cost him the chance for multiple wins already this season. The good news for Els, who never trailed, is that he broke par for the first time all week. The Big Easy also showed a penchant for holing mid-range putts throughout the round, which could serve him well as he prepares for a semifinal bout with the winner of the Victor Dubuisson and Graeme McDowell match.
Feb 22 - 5:23 PM

Ernie Els got by Jason Dufner 1 up in the Player Bracket in today's third round of the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship.

For the third time in as many matches, Els scored over par at Dove Mountain, but he's still standing. Dufner raced out to a 2-up advantage after three holes, but The Big Easy squared by the par-3 sixth, which he took with a par. Dufner didn't lead again, but he'd even the match with a par at the par-4 17th. At the last, Els smothered the hole with his approach for a kick-in birdie and a berth against Jordan Spieth in Saturday's semifinal. For the day, Els outbalanced three birdies with four bogeys. He was conceded the par-4 10th without an official stroke total.
Feb 21 - 6:50 PM

Ernie Els eliminated Justin Rose in 20 holes in the Player Bracket in today's second round of the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship.

Once again, Els illustrates why the average golfer would probably have more fun competing in match play than keeping an aggregate score. After yesterday's bloodbath, he outbalanced just two birdies in regulation with five bogeys, yet traded four wins with Rose, who circled each of his with pars. Both birdied the par-4 first the second time through before Els authored a magnificent up and down from a challenging lie outside a greenside bunker at the par-5 second (20th). Rose blasted out from the bunker but settled for par to The Big Easy's birdie. Els is the last man into the third round where he'll face Jason Dufner. It's the first time since 2009 and just the second time in his last 11 appearances that the Hall of Famer has played this deep into the tournament.
Feb 20 - 7:08 PM

In easily the worst-played match of the first round of the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship, Ernie Els emerged with victory in 19 holes over Stephen Gallacher in the Player Bracket.

Ugh, as in ugly. Els scored 3-over-par on the day to Gallacher's 5-over. Each won four holes in regulation, including Els with a bogey-6 at 11, but The Big Easy didn't have the lead until he parred the par-4 first on the first hole of sudden death for victory. A win is a win is a win, so he can reset for Thursday's second-round opponent, Justin Rose.
Feb 19 - 7:19 PM

After playing both PGA TOUR stops in Asia in the fall, Ernie Els returns for this week's Nothern Trust Open.

The 1999 winner at Riviera Country Club has teed it up in four of the last five editions, securing paychecks in all, including a T10 in 2010. Though this is his first U.S. appearance of 2014, he has played a pair of European Tour events. Els was 37th at the Commercialbank Qatar Masters before missing the cut in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.
Feb 11 - 11:14 PM

Ernie Els earned $1,173,761 on the PGA TOUR in 2013, and returns for another journey in 2013-14.

Savvy gamers planned for a bit of a fall off after his 2012 renaissance that included an Open Championship win and $3,453,118 in cash. Having recently turned 44, it's all but a given that his best golf is behind him. While it's conceivable a few strong weeks could allow him to eclipse his 2013 performance, counting on him as an elite option would not be wise.
Sat, Dec 14, 2013 09:05:00 PM

Ernie Els completed his week at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions with a 6-under-par 35-31=66.

Despite finished at 13-under 275, well off the pace of the frontrunners, Els enjoyed an encouraging week. He carded only six over-par holes while picking up 19 par breakers. Today's set included an eagle at the par-4 11th hole and six birdies. His only blemish of the day was his only double bogey (or worse) of the week, penciling in a 5 at the par-3 17th hole. He signed his card with outright possession of the clubhouse lead.
Sun, Nov 3, 2013 01:55:00 AM

Ernie Els carded a 3-under-par 34-35=69 in his second round of the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions to match Thursday's score and reach the halfway point in 6-under 138.

The Big Easy just won't go away. He squared only one bogey in the second round while picking off three birdies along the way, none of which on par 5s. Els is one stroke off the pace of the threesome sharing the 36-hole lead.
Fri, Nov 1, 2013 03:23:00 AM

Ernie Els shot a 3-under-par 33-36=69 in his opening round of the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions.

Els struggled early and late en route to a T47 at the CIMB Classic (2-over 76-71-69-74=290) but he's already turned the page as you'd expect him to. He was bogey-free 5-under through 16 holes before limping in with bogeys and the eighth and ninth holes. The Big Easy shares the course record of 63 at Sheshan International, so he's not afraid or unfamiliar with taking it deep in Shanghai. He's two strokes adrift of the clubhouse co-leaders.
Thu, Oct 31, 2013 02:56:00 AM

Ernie Els fought off Steve Stricker 1-up in the Sunday singles of the Presidents Cup, putting a 12th point on the board for the Internationals to the Americans' 17.

Els won the 16th hole of the match to break out of a tie with a 25-foot birdie effort. He improved his record for the week to a steady 3-2-0, but it appears it will come in a losing effort. The United States is just half a point from retaining the Cup. Stricker's record mirrors that of Els, ending the week 3-2-0.
Sun, Oct 6, 2013 02:33:00 PM

Ernie Els and Brendon de Jonge held on to hand Tiger Woods and Matt Kuchar their first losses of the Presidents Cup with a 1-up victory in foursomes play, but the U.S. holds a 14-to-8 advantage with the singles set to begin momentarily.

Els and de Jonge had to deal with collapses of their teammates all over the course, as they sweated out their own problems with closing out a win and a full point. Three up with four to play, Woods hit a clutch approach on the par-5 15th to set up an eagle, then de Jonge promptly splashed his tee shot at the par-3 16th to reduce the International lead to a single hole. They dodged bullets when Kuchar narrowly missed a relatively short birdie putt at the 17th, then they recorded a sandy par on the 18th to halve the hole and win the match. The United States needs just 3-1/2 points to retain the Presidents Cup.
Sun, Oct 6, 2013 09:29:00 AM

Ernie Els was the last man to earn a spot in the field at the BMW Championship.

Els missed a birdie opportunity on the 72nd hole of the Deutsche Bank Championship when he failed to birdie the reachable par-5 18th, then became an interested spectator for the rest of the finale. Fortunately for him, he held on to the 70th spot in the FedExCup standings and advances to Conway Farms Golf Club. He's made it to the third leg of the Playoffs despite netting just one top 10 this season.
Tue, Sep 3, 2013 08:29:00 PM

Ernie Els submitted a 5-under-par 32-34=66 for his opening round of the Deutsche Bank Championship and finished three strokes in arrears of the overnight co-leaders.

The Big Easy was the last of 22 golfers to reside inside the top 10 at TPC Boston when the last stroke was made today; 16 carded a 66. Els collected 16 greens in regulation and converted six birdies, including rolls from 25'7", 23'4" and 13'2" at the sixth, ninth and 18th holes, respectively. This is his lowest round to open a PGA TOUR event all season. In fact, he hadn't logged a lower aggregate in a first round since a 65 at the 2011 Wyndham Championship. He opened with a 66 in 2008 at TPC Boston en route to a share of third place. His personal-best on the track is a 65 (twice).
Fri, Aug 30, 2013 06:59:00 PM