• Age
    49
  • Turned Pro
    1989
  • Previous Opens
    28
  • Champion golfer of the year
    2002
    2012

Ernie Els

Els
Ten years without adding to his three major titles were ended spectacularly at Royal Lytham & St Annes in 2012 when Ernie Els became Champion Golfer for the second time at the age of 42. 
Els
  • 1989

    Open Debut

  • 35

    Top-Ten Major Finishes

  • Owns a highly-regarded winery in South Africa

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The big easy wins his first Claret Jug

Watch: Ernie Els won a four man play-off to capture his first Claret Jug at Muirfield in 2002. he would go on to win again in 2012

the big easy at the open

Ten years without adding to his three major titles were ended spectacularly at Royal Lytham & St Annes in 2012 when Ernie Els became Champion Golfer for the second time at the age of 42. 

After a back-nine 32, completed with a 15-foot birdie putt, Els won when Adam Scott, four strokes ahead with four holes to play, bogeyed them all. 

His previous Open victory was in 2002 at Muirfield, where the South African was taken to a fifth extra hole by Thomas Levet in a play-off that initially also involved Stuart Appleby and Steve Elkington. 

He has also been a runner-up for the Claret Jug on three occasions - in 1996, 2000 and then again in 2004 when he lost a play-off to Todd Hamilton. 

Over 70 worldwide victories also include the US Open twice, the first achieved when he was only 24 and the second in 1997 helping him reach the world No.1 spot.

There have been two World Golf Championships wins as well and a record seven World Match Play titles at Wentworth, while he was leading money-winner on the European Tour in 2003 and 2004. 

Among his 35 top-ten finishes in majors are two second places in the Masters and another at the US Open.

Venue
Finish
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
Par
Carnoustie 2018
M/C
73
76
-
-
-
M/C
Royal Birkdale 2017
61
68
73
70
74
285
5
Royal Troon 2016
M/C
71
76
-
-
-
M/C
St Andrews 2015
T65
71
73
69
73
286
-2
Royal Liverpool 2014
M/C
79
73
-
-
-
M/C
Muirfield 2013
T26
74
74
70
74
292
8
Royal Lytham & St Annes 2012
1
67
70
68
68
273
-7
Royal St George's 2011
M/C
72
76
-
-
-
M/C
St Andrews 2010
M/C
69
79
-
-
-
M/C
Turnberry 2009
T8
69
72
72
68
281
-
Royal Birkdale 2008
7
80
69
74
69
292
-
Carnoustie 2007
4
72
70
68
69
279
-
Royal Liverpool 2006
3
68
65
71
71
275
-
St Andrews 2005
34
74
67
75
70
286
-
Royal Troon 2004
2
69
69
68
68
274
-
Royal St George's 2003
18
78
68
72
72
290
-
Muirfield 2002
1
70
66
72
70
278
-
Royal Lytham & St Annes 2001
3
71
71
67
69
278
-
St Andrews 2000
2
66
72
70
69
277
-
Carnoustie 1999
24
74
76
76
72
298
-
Royal Birkdale 1998
29
72
74
74
72
292
-
Royal Troon 1997
10
75
69
69
69
282
-
Royal Lytham & St Annes 1996
2
68
67
71
67
273
-
St Andrews 1995
11
71
68
72
75
286
-
Turnberry 1994
24
69
69
69
71
278
-
Royal St George's 1993
6
68
69
69
68
274
-
Muirfield 1992
5
66
69
70
74
279
-
Royal Troon 1989
M/C
72
76
-
-
-
M/C

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