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The easy-swinging South African boasts one of the most consistent Open records in recent times with five finishes inside the top 12 since 1992 including a second at Lytham in 1996 and a tied 11th at St Andrews in 1995. Suffered a surprisingly slump in the Majors after the second of his two US Open wins in 1997 but with his focus back again this year he's finished runner-up in both the Masters and the US Open. And there's plenty of evidence to suggest that he could go one better at St Andrews. As well as that tied 11th spot in 1995 Els has also played some sparkling golf in the Dunhill Cup. The Big Easy gave his confidence another shot in the arm at Loch Lomond last week as he held off some high class challengers to land his first win in 17 months. He loves the Old Course and although Woods has become something of a bogey man to him of late, Els knows that with his extra experience of St Andrews, this could be his best chance to put one over on the world number one.
Ernie is one of South Africa's leading ambassadors and one of the most recognizable faces ... more
in the world of sport The purple edge and pitch black core immediately points to its unwavering nature and shadowing depth. Time in the glass uncovers notes of candied orange, cardamom, clove and dark olives, leading to an intense palate that shines with graphite and cassis. It has a towering structure built on a foundation of crunchy tannins and pure fruit, all solidified by fine yet spicy oak. Long and rewarding, the tail finally ends with a touch of salted liquorice.