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Els to get early start Thursday at British Open

Els to get early start Thursday at British Open

GULLANE, Scotland, July 15 (UPI) -- Defending British Open champion Ernie Els was given an early Thursday tee time as he seeks a third title at the year's third major golf tournament.
Els, Duke use titles to jump in world golf rankings

Els, Duke use titles to jump in world golf rankings

VIRGINIA WATER, England, June 24 (UPI) -- Golf Hall of Fame member Ernie Els and first-time PGA Tour winner Ken Duke climb in the men's world golf rankings, which were updated Monday.

Ernie Els birdies final hole to claim BMW International Open

MUNICH, Germany, June 23 (UPI) -- Ernie Els avoided a playoff with Thomas Bjorn by birdying the final hole Sunday, hanging on for a one-stroke victory at the BMW International Open.

Els, Noren, Levy tied for lead at BMW International Open

MUNICH, Germany, June 22 (UPI) -- Ernie Els birdied three of the final five holes Saturday to hold on to a share of the lead at the BMW International Open in Germany.
Els stays in front at Germany's BMW International

Els stays in front at Germany's BMW International

MUNICH, Germany, June 21 (UPI) -- Ernie Els overcame a double bogey and a bogey Friday to retain his one-stroke lead at the European Tour's BMW International Open in Germany.

Els leads European Tour stop in Germany

MUNICH, Germany, June 20 (UPI) -- Ernie Els posted a bogey-free, 9-under-par 63 Thursday in claiming a one-stroke lead at the European Tour's BMW International Open in Germany.
Rose up to No. 3 in golf rankings; Mickelson sixth

Rose up to No. 3 in golf rankings; Mickelson sixth

VIRGINIA WATER, England, June 17 (UPI) -- Justin Rose won his first major tournament title, taking the U.S. Open by two strokes and moving to No. 3 in the men's world golf rankings.
Justin Rose holds off Phil Mickelson for U.S. Open championship

Justin Rose holds off Phil Mickelson for U.S. Open championship

ARDMORE, Pa., June 16 (UPI) -- Justin Rose parred the final two holes and held off a late challenge from Phil Mickelson Sunday, claiming the U.S. Open with a round of even-par 70.
Woods, McIlroy, Scott grouped for U.S. Open

Woods, McIlroy, Scott grouped for U.S. Open

ARDMORE, Pa., June 7 (UPI) -- Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott -- the top three ranked golfers -- will be in the same group for the first two rounds of next week's U.S. Open.

Matteo Manassero wins Euro PGA Championship on 4th playoff hole

VIRGINIA WATER, England, May 26 (UPI) -- Matteo Manassero birdied the fourth playoff hole Sunday, outlasting Simon Khan to become the youngest-ever winner of the BMW European PGA Championship.

Garcia leads Tiger by one at Players

PONTE VERDE BEACH, Fla., May 10 (UPI) -- Sergio Garcia grabbed the lead with five straight birdies Friday and finished the round a shot in front of Tiger Woods midway through The Players Championship.

Glover leads by one at Zurich Classic

AVONDALE, La., April 26 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover shot a 5-under 67 Friday that put him one shot in front midway through the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

Ricky Barnes on top after one round in New Orleans

AVONDALE, La., April 25 (UPI) -- Ricky Barnes, who has played in 137 PGA Tour events without a victory, seized the lead Thursday after one round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

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Rookie leads, McIlroy leaves at Honda

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla., March 1 (UPI) -- Rookie Luke Guthrie had the lead Friday, Tiger Woods barely survived the cut and Rory McIlroy walked off the course in the second round of the Honda Classic.
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Ernie Els
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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