The former World Number One won his fourth Major title at the 141st Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St Annes, ten years after he captured the Claret Jug at Muirfield.
He spent a record 758 consecutive weeks in the top ten of the Official World Golf Ranking and was European Number One twice, in 2003 and 2004.
He is an Honorary Life Member of the European Tour and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2011.
Formed the Ernie Els & Fancourt Foundation in 1999 to identify and assist young individuals from families of limited resources who show golfing promise.
Established the Els for Autism Foundation in 2009 with his wife Liezl after their son Ben was diagnosed with autism.