Ernie Els career pictures, results, and tournament wins

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Ernie Els: Career in Pictures A photographic look at the big wins, heartbreaking losses and unique life of the Big Easy. Els had his breakthrough win in the United States at the 1994 U.S. Open at Oakmont.
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Els was a hit with the locals in Queensland, Australia in 1997.
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At a steamy Congressional in 1997, Els earned his second U.S. Open title.
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Holding his new daughter, Samantha, Els poked his head outside his room at the St. Andrews Hotel during the 1999 British Open.
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Els and movie star Michael Douglas competed together in a pro-am before the 2000 Dunhill Cup. Here, they are shown sitting on the Swilkin Bridge at the Old Course at St. Andrews.
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Els has played with other celebrities too, including supermodel Cindy Crawford in a pro-am in Switzerland before the Omega Masters in 2002.
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Els nestled this bunker shot close to the hole in a playoff against Thomas Levet on the way to his victory at the 2002 British Open at Muirfield.
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The Big Easy played a practice round before the 2004 Sony Open in Hawaii with the Big Wiesy.
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Els missed a great chance to win his fourth major when he lost to Todd Hamilton in a four-hole playoff at the 2004 British Open at Royal Troon.
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The skyscrapers of Dubai provided a unique background for this tee shot on the eighth hole at the Majilis Course at the Emirates Golf Club in 2005.
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Els became a bartender for an evening in 2004 during Golfers Behind the Bar, a Johnny Walker promotion in Bangkok, Thailand.
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At a clinic in 2005 hosted by Jack Nicklaus at Muirfield Village, Els hit a few shots with a persimmon driver instead of his modern, titanium driver.
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Els and Tiger Woods took in the scene at St. Andrews before the start of the 2005 British Open
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Els hit the "2005 Shot of the Year" at the Tomson Golf Club's 18th hole in Shanghai, China. The commemorative plaque had a typo.
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Els has been very successful at Scotland's Loch Lomond, winning the European Tour's Standard Life Championship in 2000 and the Barclay's Scottish Open in 2003.
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Els and his wife, Liezl, at a 2006 rugby match between South Africa and Ireland in Dublin.
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In 2008, Els revealed that his son, Ben, has autism. Since this photo was taken in 2003, the family has moved from Wentworth, England, to Florida so Ernie can practice year round and Ben can get the best care possible.
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Before his match against Stewart Cink, Els warmed up in the pre-dawn light at the 2008 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. More Ernie Els: • Special Section: Ernie Els • Els wins 1994 U.S. Open at Oakmont • Els wins 1997 U.S. Open at Congressional • Els wins 2002 British Open at Muirfield
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Els ended one of the longest winless droughts of his career by capturing his first World Golf Championship at the 2010 CA Championship at Doral.