Ernie Els | My Greatest Shot

As a four-time major winner, Ernie Els has made a career out of hitting clutch shots.

But there is one shot in the South African’s back catalogue that springs to mind quicker than any other, especially when it comes to his long association with The Open.

Els had already finished runner-up in his quest for the Claret Jug in 1996 and 2000 before heading into the final round at Muirfield with a two-shot advantage atop the leaderboard in 2002.

And while he eventually had to hold his nerve in a four-way play-off, it was his miraculous bunker shot on the 13th hole in regulation play that will always be remembered the fondest.

He went on to reclaim the Champion Golfer crown a decade later at Royal Lytham & St Annes, but his sand save remains the best shot he has ever hit at the most prestigious major.

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4 thoughts on “Ernie Els | My Greatest Shot

  1. It was hard to believe that as talented as Ernie was that he only won four Majors, and of those two went to playoffs and one was because Adam Scott had the biggest melt down at the Open since 1999. I'm not bashing the guy, Ernie is the reason I played golf.

    Hearing the talk today that Tiger had it easier, must not have been watching. Is anyone today going to win 70 tournaments around the world like Ernie did? Or 45 PGA Tournaments like Phil? 37 for Vijay? Ernie put an end to Tiger's grand slam bid in 2002 at the Open. Nobody is stealing Majors from Rory, he's played so poorly at most majors the past six years. Jordan Spieth was going to be the next big thing, Rickie Fowler, JT, Jon Rahm. Yadda Yadda.

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