Biography

ResidenceGeorge, South Africa; Jupiter, Florida, USA
Date of Birth:17/10/1969
Place of BirthJohannesburg, South Africa
Height & Weight6ft 4¼in 14st 13lbs (191cm 95kg)
FamilyWife: Liezl (m. 1998); Children: Samantha (1999), Ben (2002)
InterestsMovies, reading, sports, wine-making
Web Sitewww.ernieels.com
Turned Pro1989
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Biography

One of the world’s truly global golfers with more than 60 victories worldwide - including most recently his 28th European Tour title at the BMW International Open in June 2013 - he won his fourth Major at The 141st Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St Annes, ten years after he captured the Claret Jug at Muirfield. Pipped Adam Scott to the title by one shot with a final round 68. Spent a record 758 consecutive weeks in the top ten of the Official World Golf Ranking and is currently the European Tour’s leading all-time money winner. Inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2011. Won The European Tour Order of Merit in 2003 and 2004 but was denied a hat-trick in 2005 when he injured ligaments in his left knee in a sailing accident. Was unanimously accorded Honorary Life Membership of The European Tour in 1999 in recognition of his US Open Championship wins and his unprecedented three successive World Match Play Championship wins (1994-95-96), a feat he went on to repeat in 2002-03-04 and then won for an incredible seventh time in 2007. Notched his 26th European Tour title with a wire-to-wire victory in the 2013 BMW International Open. Played tennis, rugby union, cricket and golf as a youngster, but reached scratch at the age of 14 when he won the World Junior Golf Championship and then decided to focus on golf. In 1992 he matched the feat of compatriot Gary Player by completing a hat-trick of South African Open, PGA and Masters titles which propelled him on the road to glory. Formed the Ernie Els & Fancourt Foundation in 1999 with the purpose of identifying and assisting young individuals from families of limited resources who show promise in the game of golf. Former members include Louis Oosthuizen and Branden Grace. Established the Els for Autism Foundation in 2009, with son Ben, who is autistic, the driving force behind the mission. Also entered into wine production, establishing Ernie Els Wines in 1999, now featuring a portfolio of award-winning wines.

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European Tour Wins28
Wins this season0
Current Rankings
OWGR61
Biggest European Tour Prize:: € 1,409,920 (2003)

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Professional Alfred Dunhill Cup 1992, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97 (winners), 98 (winners), 99, 00 World Cup 1992, 93, 96 (Individual and team winners), 97, 01 (winners) Presidents Cup 1996, 98 (winners), 00, 03, 07, 09, 11, 13

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