Ernie set to play 100th career Major this summer

22 Jun

Ernie made his Major Championship debut as an amateur in the 1989 Open at Royal Troon and this summer will tee it up in his 100th career Major at the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow.

Even more impressive than this significant milestone is the fact that Ernie has a 36 per cent strike rate for top-10 finishes (including four wins) in his 99 Majors to date (see comparison table below).

Masters
Appearances: 23
Top-10s: 6
1994 (T8th), 2000 (2nd), 2001 (T6th), 2002 (T5th), 2003 (T6th), 2004 (2nd)

US Open
Appearances: 25
Top-10s: 10
1993 (T7th), 1994 (Won), 1996 (T5th), 1997 (Won), 2000 (T2nd), 2004 (T9th) 2005 (T5th), 2010 (3rd), 2012 (9th), 2013 (T4th)

Open Championship
Appearances: 27
Top-10s: 13
1992 (T5th), 1993 (T6th), 1996 (T2nd), 1997 (T10th), 2000 (T2nd), 2003 (T3rd), 2002 (Won), 2004 (2nd), 2006 (3rd), 2007 (T4th), 2008 (T7th), 2009 (T8th), 2012 (Won)

USPGA Championship
Appearances: 24
Top-10s: 6
1995 (T3rd), 2003 (T5th), 2004 (T4th), 2007 (3rd), 2009 (T6th), 2014 (T7th)

Most Major Championship appearances; all-time list
1. Jack Nicklaus – 164 majors, 73 Top-10s (45% strike rate)
2. Gary Player – 150 majors, 44 Top-10s (29% strike rate)
3. Tom Watson – 145 majors, 46 Top-10s (32% strike rate)
4. Arnold Palmer – 143 majors, 38 Top-10s (27% strike rate)
5. Raymond Floyd – 127 majors, 28 Top-10s (22% strike rate)
6. Sam Snead – 118 majors, 48 Top-10s (41% strike rate)
7. Ben Crenshaw – 117 majors, 27 Top-10s (23% strike rate)
8. Tom Kite – 109 majors, 26 Top-10s (24% strike rate)
9. Mark O’Meara – 109 majors, 11 Top-10s (10% strike rate)
10. Bernhard Langer – 104 majors, 19 Top-10s (18% strike rate)
11. Sir Nick Faldo – 100 majors, 26 Top-10s (26% strike rate)
12. Ernie Els – 99 majors, 35 Top-10s (36% strike rate)
13. Phil Mickelson – 99 majors, 38 Top-10s (39% strike rate)
14. Fred Couples – 98 majors, 26 Top-10s (27% strike rate)
15, Vijay Singh – 92 majors, 23 Top-10s (25% strike rate)
16. Greg Norman – 91 majors, 30 Top-10s (33% strike rate)
17. Nick Price – 87 majors, 21 Top-10s (24% strike rate)
18. Seve Ballesteros – 87 majors, 20 Top-10s (23% strike rate)
19. Tiger Woods – 76 majors, 38 Top-10s (50% strike rate)

Pictured above: Ernie holes the winning putt on the 72nd green at the 1997 US Open

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