Monday, August 13, 2007

Easy Street, Well Kind of


Ernie Els, the Big Easy, finished 3rd yesterday at the PGA Championship. Ernie played well in the last two majors of the year, and actually had a chance to win this weekend’s event had a couple more putts dropped. He was within two of Tiger on the back, but failed to capitalize on some short birdie attempts.

I decided to look into Els’ performance in Majors over the past 8 years, and his results are staggering. He really is one of the greatest golfers of the Tiger era, and with a little more luck, he would have been considered one of the all time greats.

Our saviors at Wikipedia provide us with a graphical analysis:

Tournament

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

The Masters

2

T6

T5

T6

2

47

T27

CUT

U.S. Open

T2

T66

T24

T5

T9

T15

T26

T51

The Open Championship

T2

T3

1

T18

2

T34

3

T4

PGA Championship

T34

T13

T34

T5

T4

DNP

T16

3

Yellow is pretty good. Ernie has played in 31 majors since 2000 and finished 6th or better in 15 of them. He was only able to capture the British in 2002. So 48%, of the time he’s beating at least 98% of the field. He just struggles with that other 2%. I always feel bad for guys who are close so many times. I have a lot of respect for Ernie as he’s a class act, and has never bitched about his ongoing “Bridesmaid” status.(Sorry Buzz) I know a few players who could learn from him, cough, Sergio. One would think he was from Cleveland, and not South Africa. I hope he’s able to keep his game sharp. I look forward to him playing well at the Masters in 8 months. Wow, eight months seems a long time away.

I can’t feel too bad for Ernie though. He’s collected almost $30 million in tournament winnings, and has a really cool accent. Two things I long for everyday.


6 Comments:

Buzzsaw said...

Wow, definitely didn't realize that

sockless dilemma said...

Ernie seems like he is too nice of a guy to win. I think he lacks the killer instinct that one needs in order to be exceptional.

Guy said...

He's a big fuckin dude.

Daris said...

sockless i like the name. i dont know about that killer instinct comment though. in 2000, he finished second to tiger at the us open (pebble) and british open (st. andrews)

Tiger won the events by a combined 21 strokes. Tiger factor is huge. What if Ernie had 5 or 6 majors? Would you still say he lacks killer instict?

ella, ella, ella, eh.

sockless dilemma said...

Daris,
I understand that Tiger went completely nuts on 2 occasions and buttfucked the rest of the field by 21 strokes (I'm sorry but anyone named Tiger has a little bit of Fag in them). What about the other 13 times he has come in the top ten from 00-07. Certainly Tiger hasn't been a factor. All I know is that the dude hasn't one a major in 5 years.

sockless dilemma said...

wow I drunk too much this weekend. my grammar is awful