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Name: - Theodore Ernest "Ernie" Els
Country: - South Africa
Born : - Oct 17, 1969 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Original Home/Club: - Johannesburg, SA
Occupation: - Professional golfer; golf course designer; wine producer; campaigner for autism awareness.
Turned Pro: - 1989
Web Address: - http://www.ernieels.com
Sponsor / Attachment: - SAP, Footjoy

Roll of Honour

Majors (4). Presidents Cup player (1996, '98, 2000, '03, '07, '09, '11, '13). Multiple wins on the US PGA, European, Sunshine and other international tour. European Tour Order of Merit winner (2003, '04). Has held the official ranking of world's No.1 male golfer. World Golf Hall of Fame (inducted 2011).


Golf course design

Ernie has designed several golf courses that include (but are not limited to): Anahita (Mauritius); Mission Hills Shenzhen (Els course); Whiskey Creek (Maryland); Oubaai (S Africa); Els Club (Dubai); Wentworth, West course (Eng, 2011 modifications).


Did you know?

Ernie Els is a renowned international golfer who now plays mainly on the US PGA Tour. His many successes in all parts of the world have made him one of the most recognised golfers of the modern era. He is known as the "Big Easy" for the wonderful rhythm and grace of his swing, something envied by amateurs and fellow professionals alike.


Top tournaments won by Ernie Els

2013Men EuropeBMW Intl. OpenMunich Eichenried270 (-18)€333,330
Played as the BMW International Open. Second-placed Thomas Bjorn (Den) finished 1 shot behind wire-to-wire winner Els (RSA). [Golfclub München Eichenried, nr Munich, Germany].
2012Men MajorsThe OpenRoyal Lytham273 (-7)£900,000
The Open Championship (141st) (July 19-22). A second Open title for Els (RSA), whose final day back-nine 32 helped him eclipse Adam Scott (Aus) by 1 shot. The Australian, chasing his first Major, held a four shot lead with four to play, but had to settle for second place after bogeying each of the last four holes. [Royal Lytham & St Annes GC, nr Blackpool, Lancs].
2010Men AmericaArnold Palmer InvtlBay Hill Club277 (-11)$1,080,000
Played as the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard. Second-placed Kevin Na (USA) and Edoardo Molinari (Italy) finished 2 shots behind Els (RSA). Els secured his second straight PGA Tour win with a Monday finish, after rain stopped play on Sunday. [Bay Hill Club, Orlando, FL].
2010Men AmericaGrand Slam of GolfPort Royal GC, BER137 (-5)$600,000
Played as the 28th PGA Grand Slam of Golf by the season's four Major winners (Ernie Els stood-in for Open Champion Louis Oosthuizen, and David Toms for Masters winner Phil Mickelson). In this 36-hole event David Toms (USA) finished 1 shot behind Els (RSA). Joint third were US Open winner Graeme McDowell (N.Ire) and Martin Kaymer (Ger) with +3. [Port Royal GC, Southampton, Bermuda].
2010Men AfricaSouth African OpenDurban CC257 (-25)€158,500
Played as the South African Open (100th) (Dec 16-19; Eurpn/Sunshine Trs event; Eurpn Tr 2011 season). Second-placed Retief Goosen (RSA) finished 1 shot behind Els (RSA) who claimed his fifth SA Open win. Event reduced to 70 holes; the waterlogged 4th hole was closed for rounds 3 and 4, and all players given a nominal score of par. [Durban CC, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa].
2010Men WGCWGC - ChampionshipDoral Golf Resort270 (-18)$1,400,000
Played as the WGC-CA Championship (March 11-14). Second-placed Charl Schwartzel (RSA) finished 4 shots behind fellow countryman Els (RSA). [Blue Monster course, Doral Golf Resort, Miami, FL].
2008Men EuropeHassan II TrophyRoyal Dar Es Salam275 (-17)US$150,000
Played as the Hassan II Trophy (Nov 6-9; unofficial limited-field event). Second-placed Simon Dyson (Eng) and Johan Edfors (Swe) finished 2 shots behind Els (RSA). [Red course, Royal Golf Dar Es Salam, Rabat, Morocco].
2008Men AmericaHonda ClassicPGA National274 (-6)$990,000
Played as the Honda Classic (Feb 28-Mar 2). Second-placed Luke Donald (Eng) finished 1 shot behind Els (RSA), who claimed his first PGA Tour win in almost four years. [Champion course, PGA National Resort, Palm Beach Gdns, FL].
2007Men AwardsLow Stroke Ave - Eurpn Tr70.10n/a
Els (RSA) recorded the season's lowest stroke average on the European Tour. Justin Rose (Eng) was second with 70.33; Richard Green (Aus) was third with 70.52.
2007Men EuropeWorld Match PlayWentworth Club6 & 4£1,000,000
Played as the HSBC World Match Play. Els (RSA) beat Angel Cabrera (Arg) 6 and 4 in the 36-hole final, to claim the richest prize in golf in 2007. This was Els' seventh World Match Play title. [West course, Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey].
2006Men AwardsLow Stroke Ave - Eurpn Tr70.02n/a
Els (RSA) recorded the season's lowest stroke average on the European Tour. Sergio Garcia (Esp) was second with 70.04; Luke Donald (Eng) was third with 70.09.
2006Men AfricaSouth African OpenHumewood264 (-24)€158,500
Played as the South African Airways Open (Dec 14-17; Eurpn/Sunshine Trs event; Eurpn Tr 2007 season). Second-placed Trevor Immelman (RSA) finished 3 shots behind Els (RSA). [Humewood GC, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, RSA].
2005Men AfricaAlfred Dunhill Ch'shipLeopard Creek274 (-14)€158,579
Played as the Dunhill Championship (Dec 8-11; Eurpn/Sunshine Trs event; Eurpn Tr 2006 season). Second-placed Charl Shwartzel (RSA) and Louis Oosthuizen (RSA) finished 3 shots behind Els (RSA), who recorded his first win after knee surgery following a boating accident in June 2005. [Leopard Creek CC, Malelane, Mpumalanga, RSA].
2005Men AsiaBMW Asian OpenTomson Shanghai Pudong262 (-26)US$250,000
Played as the BMW Asian Open (Apr 28-May 1; Asian/Eurpn Trs event). Second-placed Simon Wakefield (Eng) finished 13 shots behind Els (RSA), whose second round 62 set-up his runaway victory. [Tomson GC, Pudong, Shanghai, China].
2005Men EuropeDubai Desert ClassicEmirates GC269 (-19)€277,877
Played as the Dubai Desert Classic (March 3-6; Eurpn Tr event). Second-placed Stephen Dodd (Wales) and Miguel Ángel Jiménez (Esp) finished 1 shot behind Els (RSA), who clinched victory with an eagle at the final hole, a 547-yard par-5. [Majlis course, Emirates GC, Dubai, UAE].
2005Men EuropeQatar MastersDoha GC276 (-12)€188,765
Played as the Qatar Masters (March 10-13; Eurpn/Asian Trs event). Second-placed Henrik Stenson (Swe) finished 1 shot behind Els (RSA), whose final round 65 allowed him to claim back-to-back wins on the European Tour. [Doha GC, Qatar].
2004Men Aus/NZHeineken ClassicRoyal Melbourne268€232,000
Played as the Heineken Classic (a European / Australasian Tour event). Won by Els (RSA) for the third straight year.
2004Men AwardsLow Stroke Ave - Eurpn Tr69.16n/a
Els (RSA) recorded the season's lowest stroke average on the European Tour, for the second straight year. Luke Donald (Eng) was second with 69.58; Retief Goosen (RSA) was third with 69.86.
2004Men AmericaMemorial TournamentMuirfield Village270 (-18)$945,000
Played as The Memorial Tournament. Second-placed Fred Couples (USA) finished 4 shots behind Els (RSA). [Muirfield Village GC, Dublin, nr Columbus, OH].
2004Men AwardsOrder of Merit - Eurpn Tr€4,061,904see Score
Els (RSA) won his second straight Harry Vardon Trophy as the European Tour 2004 Volvo Order of Merit winner, with earnings of €4,061,904 on the Tour. Retief Goosen (RSA) was second with €2,325,202; Padraig Harrington (Ire) was third with €1,910,393.
2004Men AmericaSony Open in HawaiiWaialae CC262 (-18)$864,000
Played as the Sony Open in Hawaii. Defending champion Els (RSA) beat Harrison Frazar (USA) with a birdie at the third playoff hole. 14-year-old amateur Michelle Wie was given a sponsor's exemption to make her debut appearance in a men's PGA Tour event (she also played in the next three Sony Opens). [Waialae CC, Honolulu, Hawaii].
2004Men WGCWGC - ChampionshipMount Juliet270 (-18)$1,200,000
Played as the WGC-American Express Championship (Sept 30-Oct 3). Second-placed Thomas Björn (Den) finished 1 shot behind Els (RSA). [Mount Juliet GC, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland].
2004Men EuropeWorld Match PlayWentworth Club2 & 1£1,000,000
Played as the HSBC World Match Play Championship. Els (RSA) beat Lee Westwood (Eng) 2 and 1 in the 36-hole final. This was Els' third consecutive win in this event and a record-breaking sixth title overall, overtaking Seve Ballesteros's five World Match Play titles. [West course, Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey].
2003Men EuropeEuropean MastersCrans-sur-Sierre267 (-17)€266,660
Played as the Omega European Masters. Second-placed Michael Campbell (NZ) finished 6 shots behind Els (RSA). [GC Crans-sur-Sierre, Crans-Montana, Switzerland].
2003Men Aus/NZHeineken ClassicRoyal Melbourne273€207,310
Played as the Heineken Classic (a European / Australasian Tour event). Second-placed Nick Faldo (Eng) and Peter Lonard (Aus) finished 1 shot behind Els (RSA). This was Els' third win in four outings, and his second straight Heineken Classic title.
2003Men Aus/NZJohnnie Walker ClassicLake Karrinyup259 (-29)€251,263
Played as the Johnnie Walker Classic (Asian/Eurpn/Aus Trs event). Second-placed Andre Stolz (Aus) and Stephen Leaney (Aus) finished 10 shots behind Els (RSA), who claimed his fourth win in five starts in 2003. [Lake Karrinyup CC, Perth, WA, Aus].
2003Men AwardsLow Stroke Ave - Eurpn Tr68.95n/a
Els (RSA) recorded the season's lowest stroke average on the European Tour. Marcus Fraser (Aus) was second with 69.85; Paul Casey (Eng) was third with 70.06.
2003Men AwardsOrder of Merit - Eurpn Tr€2,975,374see Score
Els (RSA) won the Harry Vardon Trophy as the European Tour 2003 Volvo Order of Merit winner, with earnings of €2,975,374 on the Tour. Darren Clarke (N Ire) was second with €2,210,051; Padraig Harrington (Ire) was third with €1,555,623.
2003Men AwardsPlyr of Yr - Eurpn Trxn/a
Els (RSA) won his third (and second straight) European Tour Golfer of the Year Award, determined by a panel of representatives from the European Tour, golf writers, and TV and radio commentators.
2003Men EuropeScottish OpenLoch Lomond267 (-17)€532,889
Played as the Barclays Scottish Open. Second-placed Darren Clarke (N. Ire) and Phillip Price (Wales) finished 5 shots behind Els (RSA). [Loch Lomond GC, Luss, Dunbartonshire].
2003Men AmericaSony Open in HawaiiWaialae CC264 (-16)$810,000
Played as the Sony Open in Hawaii. Els (RSA) beat Aaron Baddeley (Aus) with a birdie at the second playoff hole. Els scooped the first two PGA Tour events of 2003, having won the Mercedes Championships the week before. [Waialae CC, Honolulu, Hawaii].
2003Men AmericaTourmnt of Chmpns (PGA Tr)Kapalua Resort261 (-31)$1,000,000
Played as the Mercedes Championships (Jan 9-12; PGA Tour season opener). Second-placed KJ Choi (S Kor) and Rocco Mediate (USA) finished 8 shots behind wire-to-wire winner Els (RSA). Els set a new PGA Tour record low score in relation to par for a 72-hole tournament. [Plantation Course, Kapalua Resort, Maui, Hawaii].
2003Men EuropeWorld Match PlayWentworth Club4 & 3£1,000,000
Played as the HSBC World Match Play Championship. Els (RSA) beat fellow Wentworth resident Thomas Björn (Den) 4 and 3 in the 36-hole final to win the Mark McCormack Trophy. This was Els fifth World Match Play title, equalling Gary Player and Seve Ballesteros. [West course, Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey].
2002Men AmericaDoral OpenDoral Golf Resort271$846,000
Played as the Genuity Championship. Second-placed Tiger Woods (USA) finished 2-strokes behind Els (RSA).
2002Men EuropeDubai Desert ClassicEmirates GC272 (-16)€273,335
Played as the Dubai Desert Classic (March 7-10; Eurpn Tr event). Second-placed Niclas Fasth (Swe) finished 4 shots behind Els (RSA), who recorded his tenth European Tour win. [Majlis course, Emirates GC, Dubai, UAE].
2002Men Aus/NZHeineken ClassicRoyal Melbourne271€221,386
Played as the Heineken Classic (a European / Australasian Tour event). Second-placed Peter Fowler (Aus), David Howell (Eng) and Peter O'Malley (Aus) finished 5-shots behind Els (RSA).
2002Men AfricaNedbank Golf ChallengeGary Player CC267 (-21)$2,000,000
Played as the Nedbank Golf Challenge (Nov 28-Dec 1; unofficial event; limited field of 12 top tour professionals). Second-placed Colin Montgomerie (Scot) finished 8 shots behind Els (RSA), who recorded his third Nedbank title in four years, during which his prize money from the tournament totalled $5.3 million. [Gary Player CC, Sun City Resort, North West Prov, South Africa].
2002Men AwardsPlyr of Yr - Eurpn Trxn/a
Els (RSA) won his second European Tour Golfer of the Year Award, determined by a panel of representatives from the European Tour, golf writers, and TV and radio commentators.
2002Men MajorsThe OpenMuirfield278 (-6)£700,000
The Open Championship (131st) (July 18-21). Els (RSA) beat Thomas Levet (Fra) at the first sudden-death playoff hole. Steve Elkington (Aus) and Stuart Appleby (Aus) had also participated in an earlier 4-hole playoff: Els and Levet 16 (E), Appleby and Elkington 17 (+1). [Muirfield - The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, East Lothian].
2002Men EuropeWorld Match PlayWentworth Club2 & 1£250,000
Played as the Cisco World Match Play Championship. Els (RSA) beat Sergio Garcia (Esp) 2 and 1 in the 36-hole final, to win his fourth World Matchplay title. [West course, Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey].
2000Men AfricaNedbank Golf ChallengeGary Player CC268 (-20)$2,000,000
Played as the Nedbank Golf Challenge (Nov 30-Dec 3; unofficial event; limited field of 12 top tour professionals). Defending champion Els (RSA) beat Lee Westwood (Eng) with a birdie at the second playoff hole (par-4 17th). Els walked away with the biggest cash prize in golf, double that of the previous year. [Gary Player CC, Sun City Resort, North West Prov, South Africa].
2000Men EuropeScottish OpenLoch Lomond273 (-11)€292,721
Played as the Standard Life Loch Lomond. Second-placed Tom Lehman (USA) finished 1 shot behind Els (RSA). [Loch Lomond GC, Luss, Dunbartonshire].
2000Men AmericaThe InternationalCastle Pines48 ptsx
Played as The International, on a modified Stableford system. [Castle Pines GC, Castle Rock, nr Denver, Colorado].
1999Men AmericaLos Angeles OpenRiviera CC, Calif.270 (-14)$504,000
Played as the Nissan Open (Feb 18-21). Second-placed Davis Love III (USA), Ted Tryba (USA) and Tiger Woods (USA) finished 2 shots behind Els (RSA). [Riviera CC, Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, CA].
1999Men AfricaNedbank Golf ChallengeGary Player CC263 (-25)$1,000,000
Played as the Million Dollar Golf Challenge (Dec 6-9; unofficial event; limited field of 12 top tour professionals). Second-placed Colin Montgomerie (Scot) finished 5 shots behind Els (RSA), who recorded the first of his three wins in this event. [Gary Player CC, Sun City Resort, North West Prov, South Africa].
1999Men AfricaSouth African PGAHoughton273 (-15)R603,691
Played as the Alfred Dunhill PGA Championship (Jan 14-17; S African/Eurpn Trs event; S African Tr 1998/99 season). Second-placed Richard Kaplan (RSA) finished 4 shots behind Els (RSA). [Houghton GC, Johannesburg, RSA].
1998Men AmericaArnold Palmer InvtlBay Hill Club274 (-14)$360,000
Played as the Bay Hill Played as the Bay Hill Invitational presented by Office Depot. Second-placed Bob Estes (USA) and Jeff Maggert (USA) finished 4 shots behind Els (RSA). [Bay Hill Club, Orlando, FL].
1998Men AfricaSouth African OpenDurban CC273 (-15)€100,051
Played as the South African Open (Feb 5-8; S African/Eurpn Trs event). Second-placed David Frost (RSA) finished 3 shots behind Els (RSA). [Durban CC, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa].
1997Men AmericaGrand Slam of GolfPoipu Bay GC133x
Played as the PGA Grand Slam of Golf by the season's four Major winners. Second-placed Tiger Woods (USA) finished 3 shots behind Els (RSA). Third was Davis Love III (USA); fourth was Justin Leonard (USA). [Poipu Bay GC, Koloa, Kauai, Hawaiian Islands].
1997Men Aus/NZJohnnie Walker ClassicHope Island278 (-10)£116,660
Played as the Johnnie Walker Classic (Eurpn/Aus Trs event). Second-placed Peter Lonard (Aus) and Michael Long (Aus) finished 1 shot behind Els (RSA). [Hope Island Resort, Queensland, Australia].
1997Men AmericaNorthern Trust, TheWestchester CC268 (-16)$270,000
Played as the Buick Classic. Second-placed Jeff Maggert (USA) finished 2 shots behind Els (RSA), who recorded his second straight win in this event. [West course, Westchester CC, Rye, NY].
1997Men MajorsUS OpenCongressional CC276 (-4)$465,000
The US Open (97th) (June 12-15). Second-placed Colin Montgomerie (Scot) finished 1 shot behind Els (RSA). [Blue course, Congressional CC, Bethesda, Maryland].
1996Men AmericaNorthern Trust, TheWestchester CC271 (-13)$216,000
Played as the Buick Classic. Second-placed Steve Elkington (Aus), Tom Lehman (USA), Jeff Maggert (USA) and Craig Parry (Aus) finished 8 shots behind Els (RSA). [West course, Westchester CC, Rye, NY].
1996Men AfricaSouth African OpenRoyal Cape275 (-13)R118,500
Played as the Philips South African Open (Jan 18-21; S African Tr event; 1995/96 season). Second-placed Brenden Pappas (RSA) finished 1 shot behind Els (RSA). [Royal Cape GC, Cape Town, Western Cape, RSA].
1996Men AfricaWorld Cup of Golf (Indiv)Erinvale272 (-16)$100,000
Played as the International Trophy (Nov 21-24; best individual 72-hole score at the World Cup of Golf). Second-placed Wayne Westner (RSA) finished 3 shots behind Els (RSA). Team winners of the Cup: Ernie Els & Wayne Westner (RSA). [Erinvale Estate, Somerset West, Western Cape].
1996Men EuropeWorld Match PlayWentworth Club3 & 2£170,000
Played as the Toyota World Match Play Championship. Defending champion Els (RSA) beat Vijay Singh (Fiji) 3 and 2 in the 36-hole final. [West course, Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey].
1995Men AmericaByron Nelson Ch'shipTPC Las Colinas263 (-17)$234,000
Played as the GTE Byron Nelson Golf Classic (May 11-14). Second-placed Robin Freeman (USA), D.A. Weibring (USA) and Mike Heinen (USA) finished 3 shots behind Els (RSA), who recorded his second PGA Tour win. [TPC course, Four Seasons Resort Las Colinas, Irving, nr Dallas, TX. Early rounds also on the Cottonwood Valley course].
1995Men AfricaSouth African PGAWanderers Club271 (-9)R218,988
Played as the Lexington PGA Championship (Feb 16-19; S African/Eurpn Trs event; S African Tour 1994/95 season). Second-placed Roger Wessels (RSA) finished 2 shots behind Els (RSA). [The Wanderers GC, Ilovo, Johannesburg, RSA].
1995Men EuropeWorld Match PlayWentworth Club2 & 1£170,000
Played as the Toyota World Match Play Championship. Defending champion Els (RSA) beat Steve Elkington (Aus) 2 and 1 in the 36-hole final. [West course, Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey].
1994Men EuropeDubai Desert ClassicEmirates GC268 (-20)£75,000
Played as the Dubai Desert Classic (Jan 27-30; Eurpn Tr event). Second-placed Greg Norman (Aus) finished 6 shots behind first-time European Tour winner Els (RSA). [Majlis course, Emirates GC, Dubai, UAE].
1994Men AmericaJohnnie Walker World Ch'shipTryall Club268 (-16)$550,000
Played as the Johnnie Walker World Golf Championship (at the time the world's richest tournament). Second-placed Nick Faldo (Eng) and Mark McCumber (USA) finished 6 shots behind Els (RSA). [Tryall Club, Montego Bay, Jamaica].
1994Men AwardsOrder of Merit - Sunshine TrR460,488see Score
1994/95 South Africa Tour Order of Merit (and associated Sid Brews Trophy). Won for the second time in his career by Els (RSA) with season earnings of R460,488. Mark McNulty (Zim) was second with R258,149; Hendrik Buhrmann (RSA) was third with R215,355. Known as the FNB Summer Tour.
1994Men AwardsPlyr of Yr - Eurpn Trxn/a
Els (RSA) won the European Tour Golfer of the Year Award, determined by a panel of representatives from the European Tour, golf writers, and TV and radio commentators.
1994Men AwardsRookie of Yr - PGA Tr$684,440see Score
Els (RSA) won the PGA Tour 1994 Rookie of the Year Award as the leading first-season player. He finished 19th on the Tour's money list, with earnings of $684,440.
1994Men AmericaSarazen World OpenChateau Elan273 (-15)$350,000
Played as the inaugural Sarazen World Open (PGA Tr unofficial money event). Fred Funk (USA) finished in second place behind Els (RSA). [Legends course, Chateau Elan GC, Braselton, Georgia].
1994Men MajorsUS OpenOakmont CC, PA279 (-5)$320,000
The US Open (94th) (June 16-20). Els (RSA) beat Loren Roberts (USA) with a par at the second sudden-death playoff hole. Earlier, Els and Roberts both scored 74 (+3) in an 18-hole playoff. Colin Montgomerie (Scot) scored 78 (+7) in the playoff and was eliminated prior to the subsequent sudden-death playoff. [Oakmont CC, nr Pittsburgh, PA].
1994Men EuropeWorld Match PlayWentworth Club4 & 2£160,000
Played as the Toyota World Match Play Championship. Els (RSA) beat Colin Montgomerie (Scot) 4 and 2 in the 36-hole final. [West course, Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey].
1993Men JapanDunlop PhoenixPhoenix CC, Jpn271 (-17)¥36million
Played as the Dunlop Phoenix Tournament (Nov 18-21; Japan Tr event). Second-placed Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki (Jpn), Barry Lane (Eng), Vijay Singh (Fiji), Tsuneyuki "Tommy" Nakajima (Jpn) and Fred Couples (USA) finished 4 shots behind Els (RSA), who recorded his first and only Japan Tour win. [Phoenix CC, Miyazaki, Japan].
1992Men AfricaSouth African MastersDainfern CC275 (-13)R55,300
Played as the EVS South African Masters (Feb 12-15; S African Tr event; 1991/92 season). Second-placed Chris Williams (Eng) finished 1 shot behind Els (RSA). Els also won the PGA and Masters titles in 1992 to take the South African "Triple Crown" (the second player after Gary Player to achieve this feat). [Dainfern CC, nr Johannesburg, RSA].
1992Men AfricaSouth African OpenHoughton273 (-15)R70,695
Played as the Protea Assurance South African Open (Jan 16-19; S African Tr event; 1991/92 season). Second-placed Derek James (RSA) finished 3 shots behind Els (RSA). Els also won the PGA and Masters titles in 1992 to take the South African "Triple Crown" (the second player after Gary Player to achieve this feat). [Houghton GC, Johannesburg, RSA].
1992Men AfricaSouth African PGAWanderers GC271 (-9)R63,200
Played as the Lexington PGA Championship (Jan 22-25; S African Tr event; 1991/92 season). Second-placed Ian Palmer (RSA), Kevin Stone (RSA) and Wayne Westner (RSA) finished 1 shot behind Els (RSA). Els also won the PGA and Masters titles in 1992 to take the South African "Triple Crown" (the second player after Gary Player to achieve this feat). [The Wanderers GC, Ilovo, Johannesburg, RSA].
1991Men AwardsOrder of Merit - Sunshine TrR324,017see Score
1991/92 South Africa Tour Order of Merit. Won by Els (RSA) with season earnings of R324,017. De Wet Basson (RSA) was second with R155,425; Wayne Westner (RSA) was third with R147,416.

 

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