Ernie Els has been the most successful player in Dubai over the years, but Rory McIlroy looks most
South Africa’s former world number one, Ernie “The Big Easy” Els, is hoping to end a nearly three-year winless spell in the top flight when he tees up at the Omega Dubai Classic at the Emirates Golf Club on Thursday.
The going has been tough on the fairways of late for the 43-year-old legend of the sport, who failed to make the cut at the SA Open earlier this month.
The last time Els made his mark on the European Tour stage was in June 2013 when he lifted the BMW International Open trophy in Germany after carding an 18-under par 270 to beat Dane Thomas Bjørn by a stroke.
Since then, Els has been battling to prove himself on the European and US PGA tours, mainly as a result of injuries.
His imposing physical stature (he stands at 1.91m), along with a fluid golf swing, rightly earned him his moniker many years ago. But he’s no longer as feared as he used to be
WONDER BOY Rory McIlroy will defend his title at the Omega Dubai Classic