Els, Ernie

Hometown:

SOUTH AFRICA

Johannesburg

Year Inducted:

2011

Induction Category:

PGA TOUR Ballot

Birth Date:

Oct 17, 1969

Ernie Els

Professional Majors: 4

  • U.S. Open Championship: 1994, 1997
  • Open Championship: 2002, 2012

PGA TOUR Wins: 15

  • 1995: GTE Byron Nelson Golf Classic
  • 1996: Buick Classic
  • 1997: Buick Classic
  • 1998: Bay Hill Invitational
  • 1999: Nissan Open
  • 2000: The International presented by Qwest
  • 2002: Genuity Championship
  • 2003: Mercedes Championships, Sony Open in Hawaii
  • 2004: Sony Open in Hawaii, The Memorial Tournament, World Golf Championships- American Express Championship
  • 2008: Honda Classic
  • 2010: World Golf Championships- CA Championship, Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard

European Tour Wins: 24

  • 1994: Dubai Desert Classic, Toyota World Match Play Championship, Johnnie Walker World Championship
  • 1995: Toyota World Match Play
  • 1996: Toyota World Match Play
  • 1997: Johnnie Walker Classic
  • 1999: Alfred Dunhill PGA Championship
  • 2000: Standard Life Loch Lomond
  • 2002: Heineken Classic, Dubai Desert Classic, Cisco World Match Play
  • 2003: Heineken Classic, The Barclay’s Scottish Open, Johnnie Walker Classic, Omega European Masters, HSBC World Match Play Championship
  • 2004: Heineken Classic, HSBC World Match Play Championship
  • 2005: Dubai Desert Classic, Qatar Masters, BMW Asian Open, Alfred Dunhill Championship
  • 2007: HSBC World Match Play Championship
  • 2008: King Hassan II Golf Trophy

Sunshine Tour Wins: 17

  • 1991: Amatola Classic
  • 1992: Protea Assurance South Africa Open, Lexington PGA Championship, South African Masters, Holland Royal Swazi Sun Classic, FNB Players’ Championship, Goodyear Classic
  • 1995: Lexington South African PGA Championship, Bells Cup
  • 1996: South African Open
  • 1998: South African Open
  • 1999: Sun City Nedbank Challenge
  • 2000: Nedbank Challenge
  • 2001: Vodacom Players Championship
  • 2002: Nedbank Challenge
  • 2007: South African Open
  • 2010: South African Open

Additional Wins: 14

  • 1984: World Junior Golf Championships
  • 1986: South African Boys Championship, South African Amateur Championship
  • 1989: South African Amateur Stroke Play Championship
  • 1993: Dunlop Phoenix Tournament
  • 1994: Sarazen World Open
  • 1996: World Cup, Johnnie Walker Super Tour
  • 1997: PGA Grand Slam of Golf, Dunhill Cup, World Cup
  • 1998: Dunhill Cup
  • 2001: World Golf Championships-EMC World Cup
  • 2010: PGA Grand Slam of Golf

Presidents Cup Appearances: 8

(Wins in bold)

  • Player: 1996, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2007, 2009, 2011
  • Captain: 2019

Awards & Honors

Golf

  • State President Sports Award: 1987
  • Rookie of the Year: 1994
  • European Tour Order of Merit Winner: 2003, 2004
  • European Tour Player of the Year: 1994, 2002, 2003
  • Sunshine Tour Order of Merit Winner: 1991/92, 1994/95
  • ASAP Sports/Jim Murray Award: 2018

Charity

  • Charlie Bartlett Award: 2010
  • Golf Foundation Spirit of Golf Award: 2011
  • Winnie Palmer Award: 2011
  • Gold Tee Award: 2011
  • Heisman Humanitarian Award: 2017

Golf Course Design

  • CNBC African Property Awards ‘Best Golf Resort in South Africa’: 2007
  • ‘Best New Golf Course’ in the Gauteng region by Compleat Golfer: 2008
  • CNBC International Property Award ‘Best Golf Development for Europe & Africa’: 2008
  • Links magazine ‘Best New International Course’:2008
  • CNBC Property Awards Best Golf Course, Dubai: 2009
  • Troon Golf’s ‘Best New Facility of the Year’: 2009
  • Links magazine ‘Best New Courses of 2009’: 2009
  • America’s Property Awards ‘Best New Golf Course in the US’: 2010