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Ernie Els 2003

In 2003 on Golf Hawaii, Mark Rolfing interviews Ernie Els during the Sony Open on Oahu. Els talks candidly about his win at the Mercedes Championships on Maui and what he has done mentally and physically to get ready for the 2003 Tour season.

Ernie Els's Player Stats in 2003

- Winner of the 2003 SONY Open on Oahu

- Captured the 2003 season-opening PGA Tour event, the Mercedes Championships at Kapalua, in record fashion, finishing at 31-under-par 261.

- Other Tour victories include: Nissan Open (1999), The International Presented by Qwest (2000) and the Genuity Championship and British Open Championship (2002).

- Ranked 3rd in scoring average for 2002 season.

- Ranked 5th on PGA TOUR money list and 4th on World money list for 2002.

- Ernie Els Foundation formed in early 1999, with the purpose of providing full support to disadvantaged children. Proceeds from the Ernie Els Invitational go to four charities and the Foundation.

- In December 1998, received lifetime membership on European Tour -- other non-Europeans so honored are Bob Charles, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player.

- In 2002, the 2000 Engelbrecht-Els wine was released and received the highest rating yet given to a South African wine.

- Ernie Els’ third signature designed golf course near George in South Africa proved to be a great success in opening year.

Ernie Els's Player Stats in 2014

- PGA Tour Victories: 2012 The Open Championship.  2010 World Golf Championships-CA Championship.  2010 Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard.  2008 The Honda Classic.  2004 Sony Open in Hawaii.  2004 the Memorial Tournament.  2004 World Golf Championships-American Express Championship.  2003 Mercedes Championships.  2003 Sony Open in Hawaii.  2002 Genuity Championship.  2002 The Open Championship.  2000 The International Presented by Qwest.  1999 Nissan Open.  1998 Bay Hill Invitational.  1997 U.S. Open Championship.  1997 Buick Classic.  1996 Buick Classic.  1995 GTE Byron Nelson Golf Classic.  1994 U.S. Open Championship.

- International Victories: 1991 Amatola Classic [SAf]. 1992 Protea Assurance South Africa Open [SAf], Lexington PGA Championship [SAf], South African Masters [SAf], Hollard Royal Swazi Sun Classic [SAf], First National Bank Players' Championship [SAf], Goodyear Classic [SAf]. 1993 Dunlop Phoenix [Jpn]. 1994 Dubai Desert Classic [Eur], Toyota World Match Play Championship [Eur], Johnnie Walker World Championship [Eur], Sarazen World Open. 1995 Lexington South African PGA Championship [SAf], Toyota World Match Play [Eur], Bells Cup [SAf]. 1996 South African Open [SAf], Toyota World Match Play [Eur], Johnnie Walker Super Tour Event, World Cup [indiv]. 1997 Johnnie Walker Classic [Aus], World Cup [indiv]. 1998 South African Open [SAf]. 1999 Alfred Dunhill PGA Championship [SAf], Sun City Nedbank Challenge [SAf]. 2000 Standard Life Loch Lomond Open [Eur], Nedbank Challenge [SAf]. 2001 Vodacom Players Championship [SAf]. 2002 Heineken Classic [Eur], Dubai Desert Classic [Eur], Cisco World Match Play [Eur], Nedbank Challenge [SAf]. 2003 Heineken Classic [Eur], Johnnie Walker Classic [Eur], The Barclays Scottish Open [Eur], Omega European Masters [Eur], HSBC World Match Play Championship [Eur]. 2004 Heineken Classic [Eur], HSBC World Match Play Championship [Eur]. 2005 Dubai Desert Classic [Eur], Qatar Masters [Eur], BMW Asian Open [Eur], Alfred Dunhill Championship [Eur]. 2007 South African Airways Open [SAf], HSBC World Match Play Championship [Eur]. 2008 King Hassan II Trophy. 2010 South African Open. [SAf]. 2013 BMW International Open [Eur].

- International Victories: 1991 Amatola Classic [SAf]. 1992 Protea Assurance South Africa Open [SAf], Lexington PGA Championship [SAf], South African Masters [SAf], Hollard Royal Swazi Sun Classic [SAf], First National Bank Players' Championship [SAf], Goodyear Classic [SAf]. 1993 Dunlop Phoenix [Jpn]. 1994 Dubai Desert Classic [Eur], Toyota World Match Play Championship [Eur], Johnnie Walker World Championship [Eur], Sarazen World Open. 1995 Lexington South African PGA Championship [SAf], Toyota World Match Play [Eur], Bells Cup [SAf]. 1996 South African Open [SAf], Toyota World Match Play [Eur], Johnnie Walker Super Tour Event, World Cup [indiv]. 1997 Johnnie Walker Classic [Aus], World Cup [indiv]. 1998 South African Open [SAf]. 1999 Alfred Dunhill PGA Championship [SAf], Sun City Nedbank Challenge [SAf]. 2000 Standard Life Loch Lomond Open [Eur], Nedbank Challenge [SAf]. 2001 Vodacom Players Championship [SAf]. 2002 Heineken Classic [Eur], Dubai Desert Classic [Eur], Cisco World Match Play [Eur], Nedbank Challenge [SAf]. 2003 Heineken Classic [Eur], Johnnie Walker Classic [Eur], The Barclays Scottish Open [Eur], Omega European Masters [Eur], HSBC World Match Play Championship [Eur]. 2004 Heineken Classic [Eur], HSBC World Match Play Championship [Eur]. 2005 Dubai Desert Classic [Eur], Qatar Masters [Eur], BMW Asian Open [Eur], Alfred Dunhill Championship [Eur]. 2007 South African Airways Open [SAf], HSBC World Match Play Championship [Eur]. 2008 King Hassan II Trophy. 2010 South African Open. [SAf]. 2013 BMW International Open [Eur].

- National Teams Competed: The Presidents Cup (8), 1996, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013; World Cup (5), 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2001; Dunhill Cup (9), 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000.