Close

Search by Player
Search by Tour
Search by Tournament
/

Career Stats for Ernie ElsSavePrintNew Search

Official World Golf Ranking: 1113
Born: Fri,Oct 17,1969 - Johannesburg, South Africa
Age: 51y 8m 4d, Nationality: ZAF
Height: 6'3, Weight: 210lbs
Home: West Palm Beach, Fla.
Turned Pro: 1989, Joined PGA Tour: 1994, Joined Champions Tour: 2020, Joined European Tour: 1992
Notes: Els made up four shots on Adam Scott over the last four holes and birdied the final hole to win the 2012 Open Championship at Royal Lytham. It was his second Open Championship triumph, having also won in 2002 at Muirfield. The popular South African has won four major championships, including the 1994 and 1997 U.S. Opens at Oakmont and Congressional, respectively. Els, an accomplished junior tennis player, began playing golf at age 9 and turned his full attention to golf ...

Continue Reading

Ernie Els

Els made up four shots on Adam Scott over the last four holes and birdied the final hole to win the 2012 Open Championship at Royal Lytham. It was his second Open Championship triumph, having also won in 2002 at Muirfield. The popular South African has won four major championships, including the 1994 and 1997 U.S. Opens at Oakmont and Congressional, respectively.
Els, an accomplished junior tennis player, began playing golf at age 9 and turned his full attention to golf when he was 14. His first significant international victory was at the Junior World Golf Championship, where he defeated Phil Mickelson in a playoff. He was the South African Amateur Champion at age 16, and at 22, won the South African Open, PGA Championship, and Masters titles, becoming the first to do so since Gary Player in 1979.
Els joined the PGA Tour at the end of 1994 and, with his win at the 1999 Nissan Open, became the first player since Jack Nicklaus to win at least once in each of his first six years on tour. At one time, he was a member of three tours simultaneously - PGA Tour, European Tour, and South African Tour.
He played on eight Presidents Cup teams, in 1996, '98, 2000, '03, '07, '09, '11 and '13. Considered one of the world's true global golfers, Els has more than 70 worldwide career victories.
He started cutting back on his international schedule in 2008 when his son, Ben, was diagnosed with autism. Since then, he has supported disadvantaged children, establishing the Els for Autism Foundation in 2008. He also began building golf courses and owns a winery in South Africa. Els was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2011.
2012 Notes: Lost a playoff to Branden Grace at the Volvo Golf Champions, and two months later at the Transitions Championship, he missed a short putt at the 72nd hole that would have put him in a four-man playoff. At the Arnold Palmer Invitational, he finished T-4th but needed a 2nd- or 3rd-place finish to get into the Masters. He missed playing in the first major of the season for the only time since 1994. He lost another playoff to Jason Dufner at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. At the British Open, he started the final round six shots back, but fired a second-nine 32, including a birdie at the 72nd hole, to catch and pass third-round leader Adam Scott. The win came 10 years after he won his first Claret Jug, the second-longest gap in Open history. He finished the year 26th in the FedExCup race and 16th in the money race.
2013 Notes: Els won on the European Tour at the BMW International and finished T-6th at the BMW PGA Championship. He finished 2nd at the Asian Tour CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters, a shot behind winner Bernd Wiesberger. He was T-4th at the U.S. Open, finished 68th in the FedExCup race and was 74th on the money list. At the Presidents Cup in Dublin, Ohio, he went 3-2-0, including a Sunday singles victory, in the International team's three-point loss to the U.S.
2014 Notes: He recorded four top-10 finishes worldwide, including a 4th-place finish at the WGC-Accenture Match Play, where he made it to the semifinals but lost to Victor Dubuisson, then to Rickie Fowler in a playoff for the third spot. Els had a T-7th result at the PGA Championship, T-5th at The Barclays and T-5th at the Hong Kong Open. For the eighth consecutive year, he made it to the FedExCup Playoffs, but his season ended with a 41st-place finish in the standings after a T-16th at the BMW Championship. He finished 37th in the Race to Dubai.
2015 Notes: For the first time in his career, Els didn't record a top-10 finish in 26 worldwide events. His best result was T-12th at the Abu Dhabi Championship, and on the PGA Tour, T-13th at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. In 18 PGA Tour starts, he finished 173rd in the FedExCup standings, missing the Playoffs for the first time.
2016 Notes: Best finish was 5th at the Quicken Loans National at Congressional, the site of his 1997 U.S. Open victory. It was his first top-5 finish since his T-5th at the 2014 Hong Kong Open. Made 12 cuts in 21 PGA Tour starts, finishing 163rd in the FedExCup standings, missing the FedExCup Playoffs for the second consecutive season.
2017 Notes: Has had a slow start, with his best finish a T-13th at the Qatar Masters. Played in the Masters for the 23rd time finishing 53rd. Also played in his 25th U.S. Open finishing T-55th at Erin Hills. Was 61st in the Open Championship then played in his 100th major at the PGA missing the cut. Played in 20 PGA Tour events making 7 cuts. His best PGA Tour finish is T-35th at the AT&T Byron Nelson.
2018 Notes: On the PGA Tour played in 14 events making 5 cuts. Best finish T-30th at the Valero Texas Open. On the European Tour was T-3rd at the Fiji International, 2 shots back of winner Gaganjeet Bhullar.
2019 Notes: Played in 22 events on the European and U.S. PGA Tour, he made nine cuts. Best finish T-7th at the Maybank Championship.
2020 & 2021 Notes: Turned 50 at the end of 2019, played in his first PGA Tour Champions event at the 2020 Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai. He finished 2nd and was in a playoff with Miguel Angel Jimenez and Fred Couples, Jimenez won it. Was T-5th at the Bridgestone Senior Players, five shots back of winner Jerry Kelly. Was 3rd at the Pure Insurance Championship, a shot out of the Furyk/Kelly playoff. Shot a final-round 66 to win the SAS Championship by a shot over Colin Montgomerie. At the Charles Schwab Cup Championship was T-5th six shots back of the Sutherland/Broadhurst playoff. Shot a final round 66 to finish T-4th at the 2021 Regions Traditon.

Player Career Chart (for all results recorded on all Tours in GOLFstats)
Career at a Glance: Starts: 749, Cuts Made: 600 (80%), Top Tens: 245 (33%) , Rounds: 2520, Scoring Avg: 70.62, Career Earnings: $67,123,647 - Best Finish: 1st (43 times)
Click Red Circle to go to that tournament. Click left or right of the yellow marker to scroll the graph, or drag the marker left or right.
You are viewing a special GOLFstats PREVIEW VERSION of this page - some cells left blank - to give you an idea of what the page
would be like if you were a GOLFstats subscriber. To see the complete page, just LOGIN or REGISTER to subscribe to GOLFstats!
Career Totals for Ernie Els per Year
Performance Scoring Averages Stats
Year Starts Cuts Made % Wins % Top 5s % Top 10s % Top 25s % Rnds 1st Rd2nd Rd3rd Rd4th RdPre CutPost CutAll RndsP/RBi/RE/RBo/REarnings
2320
  
29%
  
  
  
48%
  
70%
  
  
  
  
  
69.870.870.3----
  
26
  
  
  
  
1246%15
  
  
  
96
  
  
  
  
69.069.269.1----
  
  
24
  
5
  
12
  
1976%
  
  
  
68.769.2
  
  
69.069.5
  
----
  
  
  
  
4
  
  
  
11
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
69.870.2
  
----
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
28%
  
  
16
  
86
  
70.6
  
  
70.470.270.3----$1,243,008
19
  
  
  
  
7
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
69.769.7
  
----
  
2423
  
  
8%
  
58%14
  
  
  
  
69.969.3
  
69.669.669.9
  
----
  
  
  
  
  
7%
  
  
  
  
2178%
  
  
  
  
  
70.269.769.9----$4,990,463
  
23
  
  
8%9
  
  
  
  
  
85
  
  
  
  
70.171.5
  
----
  
  
2188%28%
  
  
1250%16
  
80
  
  
  
  
70.470.470.4----
  
29
  
83%
  
  
621%1034%
  
  
  
  
70.570.5
  
70.370.6
  
----
  
1716
  
  
12%6
  
1059%10
  
  
  
  
68.5
  
69.369.1
  
----
  
21
  
  
210%6
  
8
  
  
  
7271.1
  
  
  
70.270.8
  
----
  
26
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
73%
  
  
69.370.2
  
69.870.770.3----
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
830%12
  
  
  
  
69.771.370.670.5
  
----
  
2423
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
88
  
69.8
  
71.570.270.9
  
----
  
24
  
71%
  
4%
  
  
  
38%13
  
  
71.9
  
  
70.871.970.771.4----$3,066,102
  
2178%14%
  
7%3
  
  
  
9270.8
  
71.2
  
70.970.7
  
----
  
30
  
80%
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
70.771.2
  
----
  
242083%
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
69.7
  
  
70.970.070.7
  
----
  
  
  
  
0
  
  
  
  
34%
  
  
10471.570.371.1
  
70.970.1
  
----
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
9%
  
  
  
  
115
  
  
  
  
71.770.871.3----
  
2315
  
0
  
  
4%
  
35%
  
  
  
  
72.670.6
  
72.170.6
  
----
  
  
10
  
0
  
  
6%2
  
  
  
  
  
  
71.073.672.372.3
  
----
  
  
982%0
  
  
9%
  
9%655%3272.2
  
  
  
71.869.9
  
----
  
  
  
  
0
  
  
  
  
  
311%
  
  
  
71.971.671.571.7
  
----
  
  
8
  
  
  
14%14%
  
4%
  
  
72.3
  
  
72.171.2
  
----
  
  
16
  
00%
  
  
1
  
  
  
  
  
  
71.1
  
71.071.2
  
----$495,125
11
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
2
  
  
  
  
72.1
  
72.173.1
  
----$8,790
25
  
  
  
  
00%
  
  
  
24%8570.871.9
  
71.771.471.8
  
----
  
  
1040%
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
4%
  
  
  
  
  
71.773.272.2----
  
Year Starts Cuts Made % Wins % Top 5 % Top 10 % Top 25 % Rnds 1st Rd 2nd Rd 3rd Rd 4th Rd Pre Cut Post Cut All Rds P/R Bi/R E/R Bo/R Earnings
Avg/Year
Totals747600431582453792516$67,123,647
Green cells highlight the best in each column/category, yellow the worst.
Stats: P/R=Pars per Round, Bi/R = Birdies per Round, E/R = Eagles per Round, Bo/R = Bogeys per Round. Only provided on last 3, 5 or 10 year reports.