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.