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A true South African Legend.

ABOUT ERNIE

Golfer, Philanthropist, Entrepreneur

Ernie Els is a former World No.1 with 78 professional victories to his name, including four Major Championships, two World Golf Championships and a record seven World Matchplay titles.

Away from the golf course, Ernie has transcended his sport by virtue of his groundbreaking charitable endeavours. Ernie and his wife Liezl founded The Els for Autism Foundation in 2009, which led to the opening of The Els Center of Excellence, a world-class site hosting leading-edge programs and services for individuals with autism. In addition, Ernie founded The Ernie Els Foundation in South Africa in 1999, delivering educational assistance and golfing opportunities to young individuals predominantly from families of limited resources.

Ernie’s increasingly diverse range of business interests successfully encompass golf course design and hospitality, an award winning wine portfolio created by Ernie Els Wines in South Africa, an innovative range of pet products and a biltong company.

78

Professional Career Wins

4

Major Championships

2

World Golf Championships

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Ernie's Latest News

10 June 2024

Ernie won his second tournament in consecutive weeks at the American Family Insurance Championship in Wisconsin last weekend, following victory at the Principal Charity Classic. It is Ernie's 78th professional career win and his fifth on the Champions Tour. Ernie is 33-under par for his last six competitive rounds, with a stroke average of 66.5. He moves into third place on the 2024 Charles Schwab Cup standings. Ernie reflected shortly afterwards on winning back-to-back.

“You've got to just play proper golf and you've got to make some putts at the end of the day. I feel a lot better with my putting. Playing with Steve Stricker, you can sometimes feel like you don't putt very well [laughs]. But I know I'm putting well at the moment. I’m striking it good. I'm just hanging in there and trying to take my chances where they come."

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EQUIPMENT

What's in the bag?

Here’s what’s in my bag for the 2024 season.

The Els For Autism Golf Challenge 2024.

The Golf Challenge is a series of golf tournaments to benefit Els for Autism. The Regional Event Series is held annually at top-rated golf courses across the United States. Click below for the full event schedule and information on how to take part.

Event Schedule
ERNIE ELS DESIGN

Beauty by Design

The international scope of Ernie’s career wins is mirrored in the global reach of his designs. Stunning, award-winning signature golf courses and renovations are making a big impact all around the world, while staying true to the firm’s founding principle of leaving the lightest of footprints on the landscape.

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Bahamas

Albany, New Providence, The Bahamas

Ernie says, “We knew from the very first site visit to this beautiful ocean-front setting that this course was going to be something spectacular. We’re so proud of this layout. It’s the kind of golf course you just want to keep playing over and again. And the top pros get to do just that! Albany hosts the PGA TOUR’s Hero World Challenge every year.
Els ClubMalaysia

The Els Club, Teluk Datai

Ernie says, “We knew from the very first site visit to this beautiful ocean-front setting that this course was going to be something spectacular. We’re so proud of this layout. It’s the kind of golf course you just want to keep playing over and again. And the top pros get to do just that! Albany hosts the PGA TOUR’s Hero World Challenge every year.
Mauritius

Anahita, Mauritius

Ernie says, “We knew from the very first site visit to this beautiful ocean-front setting that this course was going to be something spectacular. We’re so proud of this layout. It’s the kind of golf course you just want to keep playing over and again. And the top pros get to do just that! Albany hosts the PGA TOUR’s Hero World Challenge every year.

The Ernie Els Charities SA Series 2024.

The Ernie Els Charities SA Series golf days are held at some of South Africa’s finest golf courses, with all funds raised benefitting Els for Autism programs and services in Ernie’s homeland. Click below for the full event schedule and information on how to take part.

Event Schedule

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