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September 23, 2010
ATLANTA — Ernie Els didn't have to wait long to take his place in the Hall of Fame. The South African headlines the newest induction class announced Wednesday — not only elected in his first year on the ballot but the youngest to enter under the current voting procedure. "It's nice to get in quickly," said Els, whose 57 victories as a professional include two U.S. Opens, the 2002 British Open and this year's Arnold Palmer Invitational and World Golf Championships event.
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By Jeff Shain, Tribune newspapers | September 7, 2011
NORTON, Mass. — Ernie Els waited for his TV interview slumped forward in a plastic chair, spent from another week of living on the edge. "It's been a hard couple of days," the Hall of Famer said wryly. More like a hard three weeks — this one going down to his final putt Monday in the Deutsche Bank Championship. Needing a birdie to keep his PGA Tour season alive, Els went long with his second shot at TPC Boston's par-5 closing hole. His chip rolled 6 feet past the pin — long enough to jangle the nerves — but Els holed the putt.
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By FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM | May 9, 2000
IRVING, TEXAS - Two former tournament champions, Ernie Els and Fred Couples, withdrew from the GTE Byron Nelson Classic yesterday, both citing back injuries. Els, who ranks seventh on the PGA Tour money list, won the 1995 Nelson. Couples won the event in 1987. Els told tournament officials that his injury surfaced Sunday during the final round at the Compaq Classic of New Orleans, where he closed with a 73 and finished in a tie for 50th. Els, who has earned $1,292,715 in PGA Tour events this season, said he was unsure how long he would be sidelined.
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By Jeff Shain, Tribune Newspapers | August 18, 2011
Tiger Woods , we know, has eliminated himself from the FedEx Cup postseason. Without a good performance in the Wyndham Championship, a few more prominent names could find themselves on the sideline. Hall of Famer Ernie Els , Padraig Harrington and Angel Cabrera — winners of a combined eight major championships — were late additions to this week's stop in Greensboro, N.C., in a desperate shot at cracking the top 125 in points for a berth in The Barclays. And if someone does play well enough, he could knock out No. 125 Camilo Villegas — three years ago the FedEx Cup runner-up.
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By Teddy Greenstein and Tribune Newspapers | March 25, 2010
ORLANDO, Fla. - At first Arnold Palmer said he would keep an opinion regarding Tiger Woods to himself. Then he let it out. "The best thing he can do is to open up and let a bunch of guys shoot at him," Palmer said. "That's just my thought." Translation: Palmer believes Woods should sit down with a full contingent of reporters and answer questions about his four-plus-month absence from the PGA Tour, which was brought on by a sex scandal. "That might be the best way to move on," Palmer added.
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By Don Markus | July 18, 2002
Sergio Garcia: The talented Spaniard has the game to compete with Tiger, but does he have the temperament? Fans here will be more tolerant of Garcia's club waggling routine, but he has to show a little more maturity when adversity strikes. Ernie Els: It has been five years since Els won the second of his two U.S. Open titles, and he has come close in a handful of majors since. He hasn't played well recently, but Els is a streaky putter capable of going low at any time. Phil Mickelson: He has to end his winless streak in the majors, now 0-for-40, at some point, given his stature as the world's No. 2 player.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | June 17, 1997
BETHESDA -- When he won the U.S. Open at Oakmont three years ago, Ernie Els seemed put off by the stir his victory caused. Being 24, there were the inevitable comparisons to a young Jack Nicklaus. Being South African, there was heightened talk about being his country's next Gary Player."He just wanted to be the first Ernie Els," said Liezl Wehmeyer, who had been dating Els for more than a year at the time and now shares homes with him in South Africa and Florida. "He didn't like the spotlight.
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By Larry Dorman and Larry Dorman,New York Times News Service | July 23, 1995
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland -- A freshening wind, the sort the Scots would call a "proper wind," blew hard out of the north across the Old Course yesterday, and a fresh face rode it right into the lead of the British Open.Michael Campbell, 26, a native of New Zealand who is playing in just his second Open, shot a stunning round of 65 -- lowest of the championship and by three strokes the lowest round of the cold, blustery day -- and charged to the top of a leader board dominated by a golf version of the United Nations.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | April 8, 2004
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Ever since the refurbishing was finished three years ago, Augusta National has been more mud hole than masterpiece in mid-April, drenched by torrential rains and stenched by a healthy dose of fertilizer. The stink caused last year by Martha Burk and her not-so-merry band of protesters was mild compared with the odor that permeated these hallowed grounds for most of the tournament. This year, the sights, sounds and smells of the 68th Masters, which begins today, are not quite the same.
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By Tribune newspapers | June 15, 2010
Tiger Woods played a scrutiny-free practice round Monday, teeing off at his customary 7a.m. with Dustin Johnson and his Isleworth Country Club buddy Arjun Atwal . Woods avoided reporters on the 18th green but will address the media at 3 p.m. EDT today. Woods will be asked about his career highlight — his dominant, 15-shot victory at the 2000 Pebble Beach Open — and those 2010 lowlights: his missed cut at Quail Hollow and withdrawal from The Players Championship because of a neck injury.
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June 21, 2011
He's winner off course Teddy Greenstein Chicago Tribune Rory McIlroy aspires to be more than Tiger Woods, and here's hoping he gets there. As a golfer, he's just as talented. "Such a fluid motion," Luke Donald marveled. Not that that means he'll get to 14 major victories. It has taken Phil Mickelson 20 years to win four. Ernie Els has three. And there are a mess of talented players (Davis Love III and Tom Weiskopf come to mind) who have only one. Where McIlroy already has Tiger crushed is off the course.
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September 23, 2010
ATLANTA — Ernie Els didn't have to wait long to take his place in the Hall of Fame. The South African headlines the newest induction class announced Wednesday — not only elected in his first year on the ballot but the youngest to enter under the current voting procedure. "It's nice to get in quickly," said Els, whose 57 victories as a professional include two U.S. Opens, the 2002 British Open and this year's Arnold Palmer Invitational and World Golf Championships event.
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By Tribune newspapers | June 15, 2010
Tiger Woods played a scrutiny-free practice round Monday, teeing off at his customary 7a.m. with Dustin Johnson and his Isleworth Country Club buddy Arjun Atwal . Woods avoided reporters on the 18th green but will address the media at 3 p.m. EDT today. Woods will be asked about his career highlight — his dominant, 15-shot victory at the 2000 Pebble Beach Open — and those 2010 lowlights: his missed cut at Quail Hollow and withdrawal from The Players Championship because of a neck injury.
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By Teddy Greenstein and Tribune Newspapers | March 25, 2010
ORLANDO, Fla. - At first Arnold Palmer said he would keep an opinion regarding Tiger Woods to himself. Then he let it out. "The best thing he can do is to open up and let a bunch of guys shoot at him," Palmer said. "That's just my thought." Translation: Palmer believes Woods should sit down with a full contingent of reporters and answer questions about his four-plus-month absence from the PGA Tour, which was brought on by a sex scandal. "That might be the best way to move on," Palmer added.
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March 4, 2010
The public sincerely believes Tiger Woods was sincere in his apology. But given his overall poll numbers, Woods probably couldn't win a seat on his local school board. An ABC News/ESPN poll revealed 54 percent believe Woods truly is sorry for the extramarital affairs that have put his marriage and reputation in peril. Of the more than 1,000 polled last week, 22 percent did not believe he was sincere and 24 percent hhad no opinion. His overall favorable rating, though, is at 39 percent, compared with 88 percent in 2000 and 85 in 2005.
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By JOHN EISENBERG | April 9, 2006
Augusta, Ga.-- --In the short term, the rain that interrupted the third round of the Masters yesterday was the players' friend. Starting after a four-hour, 18-minute delay and devouring a previously dry course softened by water, leader Chad Campbell birdied the first two holes as Phil Mickelson birdied the first three. Tim Clark gained three shots. Tiger Woods, Rocco Mediate and Padraig Harrington gained two. But the gains were the kind of immediate gratification one accepts knowing it comes with long-range problems attached.
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By Jeff Shain, Tribune Newspapers | August 18, 2011
Tiger Woods , we know, has eliminated himself from the FedEx Cup postseason. Without a good performance in the Wyndham Championship, a few more prominent names could find themselves on the sideline. Hall of Famer Ernie Els , Padraig Harrington and Angel Cabrera — winners of a combined eight major championships — were late additions to this week's stop in Greensboro, N.C., in a desperate shot at cracking the top 125 in points for a berth in The Barclays. And if someone does play well enough, he could knock out No. 125 Camilo Villegas — three years ago the FedEx Cup runner-up.
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March 4, 2010
The public sincerely believes Tiger Woods was sincere in his apology. But given his overall poll numbers, Woods probably couldn't win a seat on his local school board. An ABC News/ESPN poll revealed 54 percent believe Woods truly is sorry for the extramarital affairs that have put his marriage and reputation in peril. Of the more than 1,000 polled last week, 22 percent did not believe he was sincere and 24 percent hhad no opinion. His overall favorable rating, though, is at 39 percent, compared with 88 percent in 2000 and 85 in 2005.
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By JOHN EISENBERG | April 7, 2005
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Tiger Woods was taking questions in the Masters media room Tuesday afternoon when a reporter asked him to play word association and said, simply, "Vijay." So, what instantly came to Woods' mind when he heard the name of the world's top-ranked golfer, Vijay Singh? "Mm-hmm," Woods said. The interview moderator raised an eyebrow, looked at Woods and said, "Mm-hmm, that's your only response?" Stumbling to recover, Woods said, "He's good." Nervous laughter filled the room as the moderator said, "Well, that had potential."
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By Thomas Bonk and Thomas Bonk,LOS ANGELES TIMES | July 15, 2004
TROON, Scotland - Step right up to the open Open, where the Tiger is wild, especially at the tee. See the smiling, left-handed, birdie machine known as Phil Mickelson. Thrill to the exploits of the man known as "Double-E," Ernie Els, who can go from 70 to 80 in a blink. See if lightning strikes Retief Goosen one more time. The British Open begins today at Royal Troon, and it's anyone's guess who will win. Consider what happened last year at Royal St. George's, where 396th-ranked Ben Curtis came out on top. For the first time in memory, Tiger Woods isn't drawing a great deal of attention.
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