Date Of Birth: October 17,1969
Birth Place: Johannesburg, South Africa
Ernie Els 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 [6 feet, 3 inches]) along with his fluid, seemingly effortless golf swing. Among his 65 career victories are four major championships: the U.S. Open in 1994 at the Oakmont Country Cluband in 1997 at the Congressional Country Club, and the Open Championship (the "British Open") in 2002 at Muirfield and in 2012 at Royal Lytham & St Annes.He is one of only six golfers to win the US Open and the British Open twice each.
Other highlights in Els' career include topping the 2003 and 2004 European TourOrder of Merit (money list), and winning the World Match Play Championship a record seven times. He was the leading career money winner on the European Tour until overtaken by Lee Westwood in 2011, 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.
Els was represented by International Sports Management. When not playing, he has a golf course design business, a charitable foundation which supports golf among underprivileged youngsters in South Africa, and a highly-regarded wine-making business. Els has written a popular golf instructional column in Golf Digest magazine for several years.