Unheralded Micheel, Campbell lead PGA

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Aug. 16 (UPI) -- Shaun Micheel bogeyed the final three holes Saturday to slip back into a tie with Chad Campbell for the third round lead of the PGA Championship.

Micheel surprise leader at PGA

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Shaun Micheel birdied four of his last five holes Friday to take a two-shot, 36-hole lead at the PGA Championship.

Love leads International

CASTLE ROCK, Colo., Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Davis Love III shot a spectacular 9-under-par 63 Thursday that gave him 19 points and the first-round lead at The International.

Woods highlights Battle of the Bridges

RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif., July 28 (UPI) -- Tiger Woods and Ernie Els take on Phil Mickelson and Sergio Garcia in the made-for-TV Battle of the Bridges Monday night.

Commentary: You can have the British Open

WASHINGTON, July 24 (UPI) -- No matter what the purists say or think, now I know why getting people to watch golf on a regular basis is like pulling teeth.

Davis Love leads by two

SANDWICH, England, July 18 (UPI) -- Davis Love took advantage of a fortunate bounce Friday to take a two-shot lead after two rounds of the British Open.

Woods, Els lead British Open field

SANDWICH, England, July 16 (UPI) -- The British Open begins Thursday with Tiger Woods and defending champion Ernie Els being the leading attractions.


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Els posts five-shot win at Scottish Open

LOCH LOMOND, Scotland, July 13 (UPI) -- South African Ernie Els cruised to victory Sunday at the Scottish Open, carding a final-round 2-under par 69 to post a five-stroke win.

Els has five-shot lead at Scottish Open

LOCH LOMOND, Scotland, July 12 (UPI) -- Ernie Els will take a commanding five-shot lead into Sunday's final round of the Scottish Open.

Ernie Els opens four-shot lead in Scotland

GLASGOW, Scotland, July 11 (UPI) -- Ernie Els doubled his lead Friday, building a four-stroke advantage with a 4-under-par 67 at the soggy Scottish Open.

Els leads Scottish Open

GLASGOW, Scotland, July 10 (UPI) -- Ernie Els fired a 7-under 64 Thursday that had him two shots in front when the opening round of the Scottish Open was suspended by rain.

Toms pulls away at St. Jude Classic

MEMPHIS, June 29 (UPI) -- David Toms became the seventh multiple winner on the PGA Tour this season as a 7-under-par 64 gave him a three-stroke victory at the St. Jude Classic.

Commentary: For the Open, forget Mick

Because I think I've been on a bit of a roll recently, I'm going to say this before the weekend: Phil Mickelson will not win the U.S. Open golf tournament.

U.S. Open begins Thursday morning

CHICAGO, June 12 (UPI) -- The general consensus among the players is that boring golf is likely when the U.S. Open commences Thursday morning.
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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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