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Ernie was the first player in the his­tory of the Open to break 70 in ev­ery round. This was the 1993 championship at Royal St Ge­orge’s, where he fin­ished T-6. Cham­pion Greg Nor­man also recorded four rounds in the 60s, but af­ter Els was in.

Played his first ma­jor as an am­a­teur af­ter qual­i­fy­ing for the 1989 Open at Royal Troon, and missed the 36-hole cut.

In his first ma­jor as a pro­fes­sional he fin­ished T-5 in the 1992 Open at Muir­field. He opened with a 66 and closed with a 74 to fin­ish seven be­hind win­ner Nick Faldo.

1994 was Ernie’s first year play­ing all four ma­jors. Since then he has missed just two, the 2005 PGA be­cause of in­jury, and the 2012 Mas­ters be­cause he did not re­ceive an in­vite.

Played in 26 con­sec­u­tive Opens, from 1992, and 25 con­sec­u­tive US Opens, from 1993.

Ernie opened the 2008 Open in rough weather at Birk­dale with an 80, but made the 36-hole cut on the num­ber with a 69 the sec­ond day. He played the last 54 holes in two-over to fin­ish T-7.

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