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Diamondbacks force Game 7
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Verplank stays ahead at Tour Championship

HOUSTON, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Scott Verplank maintained a one-shot lead Saturday atop a crowded leaderboard after the third round of the $5 million Tour Championship.

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Yankees produce another magical win
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Yankees try to keep momentum
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Langer shares lead, Woods ailing

HOUSTON, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- German Bernhard Langer, enjoying one of the best seasons of his career at the age of 44, shared the first-round lead at the Tour Championship with Frank Licklit

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Yankees rally to even Series
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Schilling faces Yankees in Game 4
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Tour Championship begins Thursday

HOUSTON, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Tiger Woods headlines a field that is limited to the top-30 money winners on the PGA Tour this season as the best golfers in the country begin play Thursday in

McGinley, Lawrie share Dunhill lead

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- A course record 63 on the Old Course at St Andrews Sunday helped Paul Lawrie into a share of the lead with Paul McGinley in the Dunhill Links Championship and b

McGinley, Lawrie share Dunhill lead

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Paul Lawrie and Paul McGinley shared the lead Saturday when the third round of the Dunhill Links Championship was halted by darkness.

Els shares lead in Scotland

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Two South Africans --- one an established world star and the other an aspiring player with no international experience to speak of --- moved into a share of the

Bob Estes wins birdie shootout

LAS VEGAS, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Bob Estes won a birdie duel with Tom Lehman and Rory Sabbatini Sunday, claiming the Invensys Classic for his second PGA Tour title since June.

Woosnam wins match play tourney

VIRGINIA WATER, England, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Ian Woosnam completed one of the most impressive weeks of golf in his long career Sunday by defeating Padraig Harrington, 2 & 1, to become the oldest champion i

Oakmont gets 2007 Open

FAR HILLS, N.J., Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Oakmont Country Club, which hosted one of the greatest final individual rounds in major championship history, was named the site for the 2007 U.S. Open on Tuesd
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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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