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Golf Digest (South Africa) - - The Golf Life -

ERNIE AND TIGERhey were the two best per­form­ers in the 20 ma­jors be­tween 2000 and 2004, and much has been made of their per­ceived ri­valry.They were ei­ther first and/or sec­ond in 11 of those ma­jors. Tiger won six times, and Ernie once, but they were more closely matched than that. Els was the stead­ier per­former, a run­ner-up five times, and hav­ing 14 top-10s to Tiger’s 10. Head-to-head, Ernie edged Tiger 11-9 in the 20 ma­jors.And he stopped Tiger’s Grand Slam bid at the 2002 Open. How­ever, the clos­est they ever got to bump­ing el­bows down the stretch on a Sun­day was at the 2007 PGA at South­ern Hills. Start­ing the day six shots be­hind Tiger, Els made six birdies through the first 14 holes to get within one. How­ever, a bo­gey at 16 dropped Ernie to third place.

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