ABOUT ERNIE ELS
Born in South Africa on 17 October 1969, Ernie Els excelled in sport at a very young age. He started playing golf at the age of 8, achieving his first, but certainly not his last, win in 1984 when he won the Junior World Golf Championship in the Boys 13-14 category. Over the years Ernie Els has achieved much in the world of golf with numerous wins in prominent global golfing tournaments. He has also been the holder of the number one spot in the Official World Golf Rankings, and is consistently ranked in the top five.
With this great talent as a golfer, Ernie Els has been awarded with the nickname of the "Big Easy", a referral not only to the smooth, seemingly effortless way he swings the golf club, but furthermore to his low-key and easy going nature on the golf course.
Ernie Els stands by the mottos of "Live for the moment" and "take every opportunity that comes your way"; and with these mottos in life, it is no wonder why he has achieved such amazing successes throughout his golfing career.
The achievements of Ernie Els are endless. Apart from being awarded his junior Springbok colours in 1984, the State President Sports Award in 1987, and his full Springbok colours, this talented golfer has dominated numerous golfing tournaments in his lifetime. A list of his achievements from 1994 to 2006 in major tournaments include the following wins:
Due to his extraordinary talent as a golfer, many prestigious companies have keenly become sponsors of Ernie Els, just so that they have the opportunity to link their company name to such an outstanding, globally-recognised sportsman. Some of Ernie Els' current sponsors include the following:
Throughout his 16-year professional golf career, Ernie Els has established himself as a truly global player, whose competitive nature which lies behind a relaxed facade, has enabled him to achieve great things in the world of golf. As such, Ernie Els is one the greatest golfers to ever come out of South Africa, and who will go down in history as being one of the best in the world.