Date of Birth:17th October 1969Country:South Africa

Ernie Els

It's golf's good fortune than Ernie Els chose to utilise his sporting talents on the fairways of the world, for the athletic South African could so easily have decided to play rugby or tennis or cricket . . . in choosing golf, he brought a smooth swing - which has earned him the moniker 'The Big Easy' - that has earned him three Major championships and more than 60 tournaments worldwide in a distinguished career. An Honorary Life Member of the PGA European Tour, Els - who is also an accomplished golf course architect - has the distinction of winning the World Match Play Championship (when it was staged at Wentworth) on no fewer than seven occasions. His Major victories came in the US Opens in 1994 and 1997 and the British Open in 2002. The popular Springbok signalled a timely return to form in March when he captured the WGC-CA Championship at the TPC Blue Monster in Miami, Florida, his first win on tour in two years sine claiming the 2008 Honda Classic. . . . he has a number of charitable platforms, having established the Ernie Els Foundation in 1999 and, more recently, the Els for Autism Foundation, which was launched after discovering his son, Ben, suffered from autism.