Ernie Els US Masters Golfers

South African Ernie Els is back in from after winning the 2010 WGC-CA Championship. The general consensus is that he still has the skill and temperament to make it back to the big time.
Els, dubbed the ‘Big Easy’ for the smooth, effortless way he swings the club, and his placid manner on and off the course, captured his first Major in 1994 at the US Open in his debut year on the PGA Tour. Since then he has won two further Majors.
Els had a wonderful amateur career, won his first professional tournament on the Sunshine Circuit in South Africa, joined the European Tour in 1992 and two years later joined the PGA Tour in the States. To date he has a very respectable 57 professional wins and his best results at the two remaining majors are:

  • US Masters – 2nd in 2000 & ‘04
  • PGA Championship – 3rd/T3 in 1995 and 2007

At his best Els is something to behold. He is the kind of golfer who takes the course by the scruff of the neck and bludgeons it into submission with power and finesse. He has all the cards in the deck – he drives the ball as well as anybody, his long iron play is superb and, his repertoire of shots around the greens is reminiscent of the youthful Seve Ballesteros.
He is the only South African to have reached the top of the world rankings and is again aiming for the top spot.
Els and Tiger Woods have never really locked horns at crunch-time at a Major. Although Els has finished second to Woods in two Majors, they occurred during Wood’s epic runaways at Pebble Beach and St Andrews in 2000. In the two Majors Els has won since Woods turned pro, Woods didn’t feature.
How do you rate Ernie Els, and other US Masters golfers this year?