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Jason Day edges Victor Dubuisson in 23 holes for WGC Match Play win

MARANA, Ariz., Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Jason Day's birdie on the 23rd hole Sunday enabled him to hold off an inspired run by Victor Dubuisson and claim the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.

Els joins Fowler, Day, Dubuisson in WGC Match Play semifinals

MARANA, Ariz., Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Eighth-seeded Ernie Els breezed past Jordan Spieth Saturday, joining Jason Day, Victor Dubuisson and Rickie Fowler in the WGC-Accenture Match Play semifinals.

Jordan Spieth downs defending champ Matt Kuchar in WGC Match Play

MARANA, Ariz., Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Jordan Spieth beat defending champion Matt Kuchar in a tough battle Friday, highlighting third-round play at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.

Defending champ Matt Kuchar advances in WGC Match Play

MARANA, Ariz., Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Defending champ Matt Kuchar advanced but Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy were bounced from the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship Thursday.
Dustin Johnson has five-stroke lead at WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai

Dustin Johnson has five-stroke lead at WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai

SHANGHAI, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Dustin Johnson tied the course record with a 9-under-par 63 Friday in roaring out to a five-stroke lead at the WGC-HSBC Champions tournament in Shanghai.

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UPI Almanac for Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013.
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Tiger Woods again lands President's Cup for United States

Tiger Woods again lands President's Cup for United States

DUBLIN, Ohio, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- Tiger Woods defeated Richard Sterne 1-up Sunday, securing an 18 1/2-15 1/2 victory for the United States over the Internationals for The President's Cup.

Presidents Cup play suspended by darkness with U.S. leading

DUBLIN, Ohio, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley enjoyed a runaway victory Friday that gave the United States a one-point lead when darkness halted play at the Presidents Cup.

Americans take one-point lead at Presidents Cup

DUBLIN, Ohio, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- One-sided wins featuring Tiger Woods and Zach Johnson allowed the United States to hold on for a one-point lead Thursday on the first day of the Presidents Cup.

U.S. heavy favorite in Presidents Cup

DUBLIN, Ohio, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- The 10th Presidents Cup gets under way Thursday with the United States a heavy favorite to defeat a team of international stars led by Adam Scott.

Eagle chip on 18 puts Uihlein in lead at Alfred Dunhill

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Peter Uihlein eagled the 18th hole and finished with a 65 Saturday to soar into the lead at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championships at St. Andrews.

Mickelson's 63 gives him the lead in PGA Tour playoffs

NORTON, Mass., Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Phil Mickelson made a run at a sub-60 score for the second time this year Friday and finally settled for a 1-shot lead at the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Jimenez grabs 36-hole British Open lead

GULLANE, Scotland, July 19 (UPI) -- Miguel Angel Jimenez has a one-stroke lead after Friday's second round of the 142nd British Open on a day when even par was a very good score.
Zach Johnson leads at British Open

Zach Johnson leads at British Open

GULLANE, Scotland, July 18 (UPI) -- Zach Johnson turned in an early 5-under-par 66 Thursday and that score stood up through the day for the first-round lead at the 142nd British Open.

Woods seeks to end major drought at British Open

GULLANE, Scotland, July 17 (UPI) -- The world's oldest golf tournament opens Thursday on the firm, fast fairways of Muirfield with Tiger Woods hoping to end a drought in major events.
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South African golfer Ernie Els plays a drive on the first day at the 2005 British Open golf championship on the old course of St. Andrews in Scotland on July 14, 2005. (UPI Photo/Hugo Philpott)
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Theodore Ernest "Ernie" Els (English pronunciation: /ˈɛls/; born 17 October 1969) is a South African professional golfer, who has been one of the top professional players in the world since the mid-1990s. A former World No. 1, he is known as "The Big Easy" due to his imposing physical stature (he stands 1.91 metres ) along with his fluid, seemingly effortless golf swing. Among his numerous victories are three major championships: the U.S. Open in 1994 at the Oakmont Country Club and 1997 at the Congressional Country Club, and The Open Championship in 2002 at Muirfield.

Other highlights in Els' career include topping the 2003 and 2004 European Tour Order of Merit (money list), and winning the World Match Play Championship a record seven times. He is the leading career money winner on the European Tour, and was the first member of the tour to earn over 25 million Euros from European Tour events. He has held the number one spot in the Official World Golf Rankings and holds the record for weeks ranked in the top ten with over 780. Els was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2010, on his first time on the ballot, and was inducted in May 2011.

Growing up just east of Johannesburg in Kempton Park, South Africa, he played rugby union, cricket, tennis, and, starting at age 8, golf. He was a skilled junior tennis player and won the Eastern Transvaal Junior Championships at age 13. Els learned the game of golf at the Kempton Park Country Club where he started carrying for his father, Neels. He was soon playing better than his father (and his older brother, Dirk), and by the age of 14 he was a scratch handicap. It was around this time that he decided to focus exclusively on golf.

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