The 60 Best Ernie Els Photos

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Ernie Els (right) winning the 1984 World Junior Golf Championship at Torrey Pines. He beat Phil Mickelson.
2 of 60 Andrew Redington/Getty Images
Ernie Els walks with model Cindy Crawford during a promotional event following the third round of the Omega European Masters on September 6, 2003 at Crans sur Sierre Golf Club in Crans Montana, Switzerland.
3 of 60 Angus Murray
Ernie Els portrait for the 50th anniversary issue of Golf Magazine, March 2009.
4 of 60 Harry How/Getty Images
Tiger Woods and Ernie Els during their legendary singles match at the 2003 Presidents Cup in South Africa. Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player agreed to a tie after Woods and Els played sudden-death holes into darkness.
5 of 60 Thomas Lovelock/SI
Ernie Els after winning the 2012 British Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club.
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Ernie Els and President Nelson Mandela of South Africa share a laugh in February 196 as Mandela shows a sketching of Els to the crowd before the final round of the Alfred Dunhill South African PGA Championship at Houghton Golf Club, Johannesburg, South Africa.
7 of 60 David Cannon/Getty Images
Ernie Els with his son Ben during the Els for Autism Pro-Am on the Champions Course at the PGA National Golf Club on March 15, 2010, in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
8 of 60 Stuart Franklin/Getty Images
Ernie Els hits a shot during the quarter final round of Accenture Match Play Championships at Ritz - Carlton Golf Club at Dove Mountain on February 28, 2009 in Marana, Ariz.
9 of 60 REUTERS/Hans Deryk
Ernie Els is congratulated by host Arnold Palmer after winning the rain delayed Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tournament in Orlando on March 29, 2010.
10 of 60 Stuart Franklin/Getty Images
Ernie Els at the past champions dinner before the 139th Open Championship on the Old Course, St Andrews on July 13, 2010 in St Andrews, Scotland.
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Ernie Els during the 1989 British Open held at Royal Troon.
12 of 60 Jacqueline Duvoisin/SI
Ernie Els with Byron Nelson after Els won the Byron Nelson tournament in 1995.
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Young Ernie Els just after starting golf in South Africa.
14 of 60 Bob Martin/SI
Ernie Els walks with his caddie on 9th fairway during the 2009 British Open at Turnberry.
15 of 60 Robert Beck/SI
Ernie Els drives in the rain during third round at the 2002 British Open at Muirfield, generally considered the worst weather major day ever.
16 of 60 Stuart Franklin/Getty Images
Ernie Els' clubs at Northern Trust Open at the Riviera Country Club February 18, 2009 in Pacific Palisades, Calif. Ernie says his lion headcover is from Africa and more legitimate than John Daly's lion headcover.
17 of 60 Fred Vuich/SI
Ernie Els tosses his hat after winning the 2002 British Open in sudden death at Muirfield.
18 of 60 AP Photo/Dave Martin
Ernie Els checks his putter during second-round play in the Tour Championship golf tournament at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Friday, Sept. 24, 2010.
19 of 60 Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images
New Open Champion Ernie Els hugs his good friend and runner-up Adam Scott after winning the 141st Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club on July 22, 2012 in Lytham St Annes, England.
20 of 60 Al Tielemans/SI
Ernie Els at the 2009 U.S. Open at Bethpage Black.
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Ernie Els shares a joke with Ian Poulter during the third round of the 2009 HSBC Champions in Shanghai.
22 of 60 Warren Little/Getty Images
Ernie Els waits to plays his second shot into the second green during the second round of the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek Country Club on December 11, 2008, in Malelane, South Africa.
23 of 60 Darren Carroll/SI
Ernie Els with his longtime rival Tiger Woods at Doral in 2009.
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Ernie Els looks longingly at Phil Mickelson's trophy after Mickelson held off a resurgent Els in a thrilling finale to win both the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai in 2009.
25 of 60 Derek Blair/AFP/Getty Images
Ernie Els partners with his father Neels Els during the second round of the Alfred Dunhill Golf Championship at St Andrews in Scotland, on Oct. 2, 2009.
26 of 60 AP Photo/Jeff Chiu
International team players and good friends Ernie Els and Adam Scott line up a putt on the third hole of their foursomes match against Hunter Mahan and Sean O'Hair at golf's Presidents Cup at Harding Park Golf Course Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009, in San Francisco.
27 of 60 Fred Vuich/SI
Ernie Els with wife Liezl after winning at Doral in 2010.
28 of 60 Fred Vuich/SI
Ernie Els tees off on 8th hole at the WGC event at Doral in 2010. Els won the tournament.
29 of 60 John Biever/SI
Ernie Els at the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.
30 of 60 Andrew Redington/Getty Images
David Duval and Ernie Els stretch out on the first tee during the second day of the 2002 Masters Tournament from the Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Ga.
31 of 60 Phil Sheldon/Popperfoto/Getty Images
Ernie Els tees off on the 10th hole during the 1994 U.S. Open held at the Oakmont Golf Club, Els' first major win.
32 of 60 AP Photo/Doug Mills
Ernie Els puts on sunscreen as he waits to tee off with Greg Norman at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska Minn., on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2002, during practice for the PGA Championship.
33 of 60 David Cannon/ALLSPORT
Ernie Els holds his child Samantha along with his wife Liezl after the Pro-Am of the 2000 Alfred Dunhill Cup on the Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland.
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Vijay Singh smiles with Ernie Els on the 4th hole during the third day of the HSBC World Match Play Championship at Wentworth Golf Course on Oct. 18, 2003.
35 of 60 David Cannon/ALLSPORT
Colin Montgomerie and Ernie Els in the flight deck of the private Boeing 737 jet being used as transport for the Johnnie Walker Super Tour before setting off on the final leg to Bangkok from Manila in November 1996.
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Ernie Els and Greg Norman stop to pose atop a Harley Davidson motorcycle as they arrive at the course for the final day of the Johnnie Walker Classic golf tournament, Jan. 28, 1996, in Singapore.
37 of 60 AP Photo/Lynne Sladky
Ernie Els and John Daly on the first tee at St. Andrews Old Course, Sunday, July 23, 1995, during the final day of play in the Open Golf Championship.
38 of 60 Ian Walton/Getty Images
Ernie Els with Yum Yum, a 4-year-old female Thai elephant during the launch of the 2007 Johnnie Walker Classic on the beach at the Sheraton Grande Laguna Phuket Hotel, Feb. 27, 2007 in Phuket, Thailand.
39 of 60 AP Photo/Mark Lennihan
Ernie Els relaxes in a chair while waiting to tee off at the fifteenth green in the third round of the Buick Classic in Harrison, N.Y. Saturday, June 21, 1997.
40 of 60 Thomas Lovelock/SI
Ernie Els on the 18th green Sunday at the 2012 Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.
41 of 60 Robert Beck/SI
Ernie Els at the 2007 Presidents Cup at Canada's Royal Montreal Golf Club.
42 of 60 Warren Little/Getty Images
Rory McIlroy shares a joke with Ernie Els during the second round of the BMW PGA Championship on the West Course at Wentworth on May 25, 2012 in Virginia Water, England.
43 of 60 Robert Beck/SI
Ernie Els on the ninth hole at the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.
44 of 60 Steve Grayson/WireImage.com
Michelle Wie and Ernie Els during their practice round at the 2004 Sony Open at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu.
45 of 60 Stuart Franklin/Getty Images
Ernie Els tees off on the sixth hole during the final round at the Deutsche Bank SAP Open at St Leon-Rot Golf Club on May 23, 2004, in Heidelberg, Germany.
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Longtime adversaries Ernie Els and Tiger Woods at the 200 Mercedes Championship. Woods considers Els one of his greatest rivals.
47 of 60 David J. Phillip/AP
Ernie Els stands on the 13th green with his caddie, Ricci Roberts, after having trouble getting to the green by hitting into the woods on the hole during the final round of the 2002 Masters.
48 of 60 Gary Newkirk /Allsport
Ernie Els walks down the green during the 1994 U. S. Open at the Oakmont Golf Club in Pennsylvania. Eighteen years separate Els first major win at Oakmont and his most recent major win at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.
49 of 60 Nick Wilson/Getty Images
Ernie Els lifts his daughter Samantha after winning the Heineken Classic with a score of 17-under-par at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club, Melbourne, Australia, in February 2002.
50 of 60 Robert Beck/SI
Ernie Els driving at the 1995 PGA Championship at Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles.
51 of 60 Jacqueline Duvoisin
Ernie Els leads a donkey carrying golf clubs, and wearing at tournament sign at the Johnnie Walker Classic in Thailand in December 1994.
52 of 60 Robert Beck/SI
Ernie Els at the 1996 PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Kentucky.
53 of 60 John W. McDonough/SI
Tiger Woods, Ernie Els, Sergio Garcia and Phil Mickelson at the 2003 Battle of the Bridges at The Bridges in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
54 of 60 Robert Beck/SI
Ernie Els hits a ball embedded in a bush during the 2004 British Open at Royal Troon.
55 of 60 David Duprey/AP
Retief Goosen is congratulated by fellow South African Ernie Els after Goosen won the 2004 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y.
56 of 60 Jacqueline Duvoisin/SI
Ernie Els at the 1995 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills.
57 of 60 Fred Vuich/Sports Illustrated
Two South African legends: Gary Player and Ernie Els at 2007 Presidents Cup at Royal Montreal GC.
58 of 60 Phil Sheldon/Popperfoto/Getty Images
Ernie Els tees off during the 1992 British Open held at the Muirfield Golf Club in Scotland.
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Ernie Els poses with the claret Jug in the locker room following his victory at the end of the final round of the 141st Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club on July 22, 2012 in Lytham St Annes, England.
60 of 60 AP Photo/Doug Mills
Ernie Els kisses his future wife, Liezl Wehmeyer, after winning the 1997 U.S. Open Sunday, June 15, 1997, at the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md.