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Jaidee leads Euro Tour's champions event

Jaidee leads Euro Tour's champions event

DURBAN, South Africa, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Thongchai Jaidee, riding an early hot streak, has the lead after Thursday's first round of the European Tour's Volvo Golf Champions tournament in South Africa.
Rory McIlroy, No. 1 player in the world, leads the year in golf

Rory McIlroy, No. 1 player in the world, leads the year in golf

Rory McIlroy ended the year with a flourish, marking a second half of the year that left him the undoubted No. 1-ranked player in the world.
JOHN HENDEL, United Press International
Poulter comes from behind for WGC win

Poulter comes from behind for WGC win

SHENZHEN, China, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Ian Poulter charged from a four-stroke deficit in the final round Sunday and won the WGC-HSBC Champions golf tournament in China.
Westwood, Oosthuizen tie for WGC lead

Westwood, Oosthuizen tie for WGC lead

SHENZHEN, China, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Lee Westwood shot 11-under-par 61 Saturday and caught Louis Oosthuizen for a share of the lead at the WGC-HSBC Champions golf tournament in China.
Oosthuizen has 5-stroke lead in China

Oosthuizen has 5-stroke lead in China

SHENZHEN, China, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Louis Oosthuizen shook off an early bogey Friday and shot a 9-under-par 63 in building a five-stroke lead at the PGA Tour's HSBC Champions tournament in China.

Harrington edges Simpson in PGA Grand Slam

SOUTHAMPTON, Bermuda, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Late replacement Padraig Harrington didn't let the short notice bother him Wednesday, firing a 4-under-par 67 to claim the PGA Grand Slam of Golf in Bermuda.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012.
By United Press International

Grace ties European record at 12-under 60

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Branden Grace tied the European Tour record with a 12-under-par 60 in first-round play of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championships in Scotland.

Tour Championship opens Thursday

ATLANTA, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- The final event of the season on the PGA Tour begins Thursday, one featuring a Rory McIlroy-Tiger Woods showdown and a $10 million payday.

Harrington grabs PGA playoff lead

FARMINGDALE, N.Y., Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Padraig Harrington, hoping to grab a spot on the European Ryder Cup team, shot a 7-under 64 Thursday that put him one shot in front at The Barclays.
Donald No. 1 in search of major title

Donald No. 1 in search of major title

VIRGINIA WATER, England, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- Luke Donald again takes the world No. 1 men's golf ranking to a major tournament with the year's final major -- the PGA Championship -- on tap this week.
Els -- and Scott -- up in golf rankings

Els -- and Scott -- up in golf rankings

VIRGINIA WATER, England, July 23 (UPI) -- British Open champion Ernie Els moves to No. 15 in the men's world golf rankings but the players who finished right behind him also improve their rankings.

Scott collapses, Els wins 2nd British Open

LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England, July 22 (UPI) -- Ernie Els took advantage of a late collapse by Adam Scott Sunday, stunning the Australian to eke out a one-shot win and claim his second British Open.
Adam Scott forges 4-shot British Open lead

Adam Scott forges 4-shot British Open lead

LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England, July 21 (UPI) -- Adam Scott, seeking his first major championship, will carry a four-shot lead into the final round of the British Open after posting a 2-under 68 Saturday.
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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)

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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