Ernie’s Career at The Open

18 Jul

Ernie made his debut in the Open Championship as an amateur at Royal Troon in 1989. This year at St Andrews was his 31st appearance, with 13 top-10 finishes and two victories in 2002 and 2012.

In addition, Ernie holds some notable records… 

Ernie has shot more rounds in the 60s in the Open than any other golfer in history, a total of 42. Sir Nick Faldo is second on the list with 37. 

Ernie was the first man in history to shoot all four rounds in the 60s in an Open, a feat he achieved at Royal St George’s in 1993. He did it again at Troon in 2004.

Ernie’s gap of ten years between wins is the second longest gap between victories in Open history. Sir Henry Cotton holds the record with 11 years (1937 to 1948).

In total, Ernie has now played in 106 majors, which places him 13th in the list of all-time major starts (see table below). He has finished in the top-10 in all majors an impressive 35 times.

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

PGA Championship
Appearances: 25
Top-10s: 6
1995 (T3rd), 2003 (T5th), 2004 (T4th), 2007 (3rd), 2009 (T6th), 2014 (T7th)

US Open
Appearances: 27
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: 31
Top-10s: 13
1992 (T5th), 1993 (T6th), 1996 (T2nd), 1997 (T10th), 2000 (T2nd), 2002 (Won), 2003 (T3rd), 2004 (2nd), 2006 (3rd), 2007 (T4th), 2008 (T7th), 2009 (T8th), 2012 (Won)

The 100 Majors Club
1. Jack Nicklaus – 164 majors
2. Gary Player – 150 majors
3. Tom Watson – 145 majors
4. Arnold Palmer – 142 majors
5. Raymond Floyd – 126 majors
6. Sam Snead – 118 majors
7. Ben Crenshaw – 117 majors
8. Phil Mickelson – 116 majors
9. Gene Sarazen – 113 majors
10. Mark O’Meara – 110 majors
11. Bernhard Langer – 109 majors
12. Tom Kite – 109 majors
13. Ernie Els – 106 majors
14. Fred Couples – 103 majors
15. Davis Love III – 102 majors
16. Sir Nick Faldo – 100 majors

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