An Outpouring of Support Helped Ernie Els Through a Difficult 2004

The best and worst part about my job is traveling. The best is when you're here and you see the views from these beautiful places. The worst is when you first get there. Jet lag is a bummer.

Between what happened at Augusta and Troon last year, I got a whole stack full of e-mails and letters. The encouragement was amazing. It ranged from 14-year-old kids to 84-year-old grandmothers. I was blown away--I didn't think I had as many fans and friends in the world of golf.

My definition of success is to be yourself.

If I were Sergio Garcia's age, I would kick his ass in tennis.

The Shawshank Redemption is my all-time favorite movie.

I still love the Rolling Stones, especially "Start Me Up."

My happiest moment on the course came way back before I started making it, in 1992.

We'll still have a couple of beers on Sunday nights.

The Hole Truth
If Ernie Els wants to don the green jacket this year, he'll first need to overcome the 180-yard par-3 sixth--his Augusta National nightmare. Here's Els by the numbers at the Masters.
11 - Number of Masters appearances, with only one missed cut (1995)
18 - Strokes under par on his best hole, the par-5 13th
14 - Strokes over par on his worst hole, the par-3 sixth
8 - Strokes over par on his second-worst hole, the par-4 fifth
5 - Strokes under par on the par-4 seventh, his best non par-5
My older brother, Dirk, is my best pal.

Nelson Mandela is my hero, without a doubt.

The dumbest question a reporter ever asked me?

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