With a tied-7th place finish at the 2019 Maybank Championship, Ernie became the first golfer to register 300 career Top-10s since the inception of the Official World Golf Ranking in 1986.
Speaking in Malaysia, Ernie commented “The last three or four years have been a struggle, so I’m really happy that I’m playing good golf again. My body feels good and the ball striking is there now. On the greens I’m starting to feel really comfortable, so that means I can have a chance again to play with these guys. That’s what I want, to feel like I can have a chance playing Saturdays and Sundays and get myself in the mix again. That’s kind of my goal.”
Here is a list of some of Ernie’s other notable golf records and statistics…
- Ernie holds the record for the most consecutive weeks inside the Top-10 of the Official World Golf Ranking (758 weeks between 19 June 1994 and 11 January 2009).
- Ernie holds the record for the most consecutive cuts made on the European Tour (82, from the 2000 Johnnie Walker Classic to the 2007 Johnnie Walker Classic).
- Holds the European Tour record for the lowest 72-hole total relative to par (29-under par, 2003 Johnnie Walker Classic).
- Holds the PGA Tour record for the lowest 72-hole total relative to par (31-under par, 2003 Mercedes Championship).
- Holds the European Tour record for the lowest first 36-hole total relative to par (18-under par, 2003 Johnnie Walker Classic).
- Holds the European Tour record for the lowest first 54-hole total relative to par (23-under par, 2003 Johnnie Walker Classic).
- Jointly holds the European Tour record for the most birdies in one round (12, 1994 Dubai Desert Classic).
- Shot a career low round (60, 12-under par) at the 2004 Heineken Classic at Royal Melbourne.
- Twice No.1 on the Race to Dubai (2003, ’04).
- Three times European Tour Player of the Year (1994, ’02, ’03).
- PGA Tour Rookie of the Year (1994).
- 13 career hole-in-ones.
- Ernie has represented South Africa in professional team golf on 22 occasions: 9 Dunhill Cups, 5 World Cups and 8 Presidents Cups. He is captain of the International Team at Royal Melbourne in 2019.
- Ernie holds the all-time record for number of rounds in the 60s at The Open Championship, a total of 41.
- Ernie was the first man in history to shoot all four rounds in the 60s in an Open Championship, a feat he achieved at Royal St George’s in 1993. He then did it again at Troon in 2004.