Theodore Ernest "Ernie" Els (born 17 October 1969) is a South African professional golfer who has been one of the top professional players in the world since the mid-1990s. A former World No. 1, he is known as "The Big Easy", for his imposing physical stature (he stands 1.90 metres) along with his fluid, seemingly effortless golf swing. Among his numerous victories are three major championships: the U.S. Open in 1994 at the Oakmont Country Club and 1997 at the Congressional Country Club, and the The Open Championship in 2002 at Muirfield.Other highlights in Els' career include topping the 2003 and 2004 European Tour Order of Merit (money list), and winning the World Match Play Championship a record seven times. He has held the number one spot in the Official World Golf Rankings and has been ranked in the top ten for a record 750 weeks.
Europe captain Darren Clarke insists winning the last three Ryder Cups counts for nothing as his side embark on their
Tributes poured in from golfers around the world for Arnold Palmer following confirmation of his death at the age of 87.
Arnold Palmer, one of golf's original 'Big Three' and the man who almost single-handedly revived the Open Championship, has died at the age of 87.
Darren Clarke's European team should be favourites for the Ryder Cup - but have found a winning formula by portraying themselves as underdogs.
Dustin Johnson remained on course for the FedEx Cup title and 11.
The United States and Europe meet in the 41st Ryder Cup at Hazeltine next week.
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