Ernie Els Biography: Age, Wife, Career, Awards, Net Worth


Former World No. 1 and South African professional golfer, Theodore Ernest Els has always put South Africa on the world map with his exploits in the golf world. He has 71 career victories to his name including two ‘US Open’ championships and two ‘The Open’ championships

Ernie Els

Ernie Els Age

He was born on 17 October 1969, in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is 50 years old as of 2019.

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Ernie Els Height

Els stands at a height of 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m). His imposing physical stature and his fluid golf swing earned him the nickname “The Big Easy”.

Ernie Els Parents

Ernest was born to Neels and Hettie Els. His father, Neels was a trucking executive at the Germiston Golf course and taught Ernie the game of golf. He has a brother named Dirk Els.

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Ernie Els Early Life

Growing up, Els loved sports. He engaged in playing cricket, rugby and tennis. As a junior tennis player at 13 years old, he won the Eastern Transvaal Junior Championships.

He developed an interest in golf from his father who worked in a golf course. His father taught him the principles of the sport and before the age of 14, he was already a scratch handicap. This increased his interest in golf and so concentrated solely on the sport.

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Before the age of 17, Ernie Els had already won the Junior World Golf Championship in the Boys 13–14 category and the South African Amateur Championship.

Ernie Els Wife

Els is married to Liezl Els. They got married on December 31, 1998, in Cape Town. Ernie and Liezi have two children, Samantha Leigh Els and Ben Neels Els. The former World No. 1, together with his wife, has shown enormous support in creating awareness on autism as their son, Ben is autistic.

They live at the Wentworth Estate near Wentworth Golf Club in the south of England. They also spend some time in South Africa and the United States.

Ernie Els Career

Turned professional 1989
Current tour(s) European Tour (joined 1992)
PGA Tour (joined 1994)
PGA Tour Champions
(joined 2019)
Professional wins 71
Highest ranking 1 (22 June 1997)
(9 weeks)
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 19
European Tour 28 (7th all-time)
Japan Golf Tour 1
Asian Tour 3
Sunshine Tour 16 (9th all-time)
PGA Tour of Australasia 5
PGA Tour Champions 1
Other 18

Ernie Els Awards

World Golf Hall of Fame 2011 (member page)
PGA Tour
Rookie of the Year
European Tour
Order of Merit winner
2003, 2004
European Tour
Player of the Year
1994, 2002, 2003
Sunshine Tour
Order of Merit winner
1991/92, 1994/95
Payne Stewart Award 2015
Old Tom Morris Award 2018


Ernie Els Business Ventures

  • Anahita Golf Course – Beau Champ, Mauritius
  • Mission Hills Golf Club (The Savannah Course) – Shenzhen, China
  • Whiskey Creek – Ijamsville, Maryland, USA
  • Oubaai – Garden Route, South Africa
  • The Els Club – Dubai, UAE
  • The Els Club Teluk Datai – Langkawi, Malaysia
  • The Els Club Desaru Coast – Desaru, Malaysia
  • The Els Club Copperleaf Golf and Country Estate – Gauteng, South Africa

Ernie Els Net Worth

Els has an estimated net worth of $85 million. The major source of his earnings is from playing golf.

Ernie Els Foundation

The Ernie Els and Fancourt Foundation was established in 1999. It has the objective of identifying youths from underprivileged backgrounds who show talent and potential in the game of golf. It provides educational assistance amongst other moral and financial help in order for these youths to reach their full potential.




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