The Big Easy of Wim­ble­don? Maybe not.

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - News -

As a child, Ernie Els grew up play­ing rugby, cricket, ten­nis

and golf. At the age of 13 he won his first big ten­nis

cham­pi­onship, the East­ern Transvaal Ju­nior Cham­pi­onship.

At 14 he was a scratch golfer, it was then that he de­cided

that golf was his first love, thank good­ness.

Ernie be­gan play­ing events on the Sun­shine Tour at the age

of just 16, turned pro­fes­sional in 1989 and went on to win

16 Sun­shine Tour ti­tles. He won the U.S Open in 1994 and

1997, The Open Cham­pi­onship in 2002 and 2012. He was

Euro­pean Tour Or­der of Merit win­ner in 2003, and 2004.

He was Euro­pean Tour Player of the year 1994, 2002 and in

2003 and Sun­shine Tour of merit win­ner in 1991/92, and in

1994/95.

Ernie Els is a true in­spi­ra­tion to all South Africans and

golf­ing fans around the world; his easy swing and smile have

in­spired the young South African golf pro­fes­sion­als who ply

their trade on the Sun­shine Tour too.

The Sun­shine Tour is a rare place where cham­pi­ons, cur­rent

and fu­ture, per­form at the high­est lev­els. Rich in tal­ent, the

Sun­shine Tour has set the stage for pro­fes­sional golfers who

are de­ter­mined to con­tinue in the win­ning tra­di­tions of

those who have gone be­fore. It all be­gins here.

Wim­ble­don maybe, Went­worth definitely.

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