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June 17, 2013 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
When pro golf pitches its air-conditioned tents near Philadelphia - at the U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club, for example - Ernie Els, two-time U.S. Open champ and 2012 British Open winner, stops by the Newtown Square offices of SAP AG, the software maker that has paid him to promote its brand for the last 10 years. Heading to dinner last week with SAP bosses and clients atop the German company's sweeping, glass-walled U.S. headquarters, the tall, sandy-haired pro from South Africa and his entourage paused to admire a pair of curvaceous McLaren sports cars parked seductively outside by a dealer.
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June 12, 2013 | By Zach Helfand, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ernie Els is likely the only golfer at the U.S. Open to have been hip-checked by his caddie. Then again, he's the only golfer whose caddie is a former Flyer. Dan Quinn has worked Els' bag part-time for the last four years. He also played 14 seasons in the NHL, including two separate one-season stints with the Flyers. He scored 685 points in 805 career games. Quinn began caddying for Els in 2010 after their daughters became friendly while living in Jupiter, Fla. Quinn was born in Canada, where, of course, a different sport is king.
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July 14, 2004 | By Joe Juliano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Some things appear as if they'll go on forever, like the championship drought in Philadelphia professional team sports, the construction delays on I-95, and Tiger Woods sitting atop the World Golf Ranking. Entering tomorrow's opening round of the British Open at Royal Troon, Woods is No. 1 in the world for the 257th consecutive week, covering nearly five full years. The last time he ranked any lower was one U.S. president, two Pennsylvania governors and three Flyers head coaches ago. But the aura of invincibility that Woods has carried, along with his impeccable record, seems to be waning, and his hold on No. 1 is slipping.
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January 9, 2005 | By Joe Logan INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Considering the view from the clubhouse of the Plantation Course and the deep blue Pacific beyond, it's hard to imagine that golf can get any better than the kickoff tournament of the season, the Mercedes Championships. But chances are, it will. Just when it seemed the PGA Tour could not possibly milk any more excitement and drama from Tiger Woods, he lost his No. 1 world ranking last year to a workaholic with a languid swing named Vijay Singh. This year, with Woods supposedly back and Singh vowing to take his game to the next level, the fireworks from those two alone should be enough to light up golf's night skies.
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November 4, 2000 | By Joe Logan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
You know it's coming. You know exactly what's going to happen. You know it's only a matter of time. But as deliciously predictable as Tiger Woods has made the final rounds of major golf tournaments the last couple of years, that's exactly what makes watching him so much fun. Yesterday, David Duval carded a second-round 68 to go to 7 under par through 36 holes of the Tour Championship. He has a 1-shot lead over Woods and Chris Perry. But as always, it was Woods who left television viewers, fans lining the fairways - and even some of the other players - shaking their heads in amazement.
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August 14, 1995 | By Joe Juliano, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Steve Elkington fooled them all, all those who thought everyone not named Ernie Els was wasting his time playing in yesterday's final round of the PGA Championship. Elkington rallied from 6 strokes down at the start of the day and won the 77th PGA, shooting a 7-under-par 64 and then defeating Colin Montgomerie with a 20-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole. At the start of this sunny day, the engraver could have begun inscribing the name of Els on the Wanamaker Trophy and not been faulted.
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January 12, 2001 | Daily News Wire Services
Justin Leonard made a few changes in his swing, but not in an effort to catch Tiger Woods. Leonard liked the results yesterday in the Mercedes Championships in Kapalua, Hawaii. Coming off a 46-hole tune-up in Australia, Leonard found his groove in the fierce trade winds and shot a 6-under-par 67 to take a one-stroke lead over Ernie Els. Woods, the defending champion, playing in his first tournament of the year after his record-breaking 2000 season, shot a 70 to finish three strokes off the lead.
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June 6, 2013 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
GEOFFREY SISK only played on the PGA Tour for one season. But next week, at Merion, he'll play in his sixth U.S. Open. Sisk was a four-time honorable mention All-America while at Temple where he earned a degree in finance in 1987. With his talent and money background, parting with the $150 fee to enter one of this year's Open qualifiers probably wasn't all that much of a risk. Especially when it's worked five other times. On Monday, the 48-year-old Sisk shot a 68 at a qualifying Sectional in Purchase, N.Y., to secure a spot among the 156-player Open field.
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February 9, 2004 | Daily News Wire Services
Vijay Singh blew away the field yesterday at Pebble Beach to continue an amazing run that keeps moving him closer to his ultimate goal - replacing Tiger Woods at No. 1. Singh birdied his first three holes to bury co-leader Arron Oberholser, closing with a 3-under 69 for a three-shot victory in the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. It was Singh's 12th consecutive top 10 finish. Singh managed 25 birdies for the week on the bumpy greens. He hit the flag twice in the final round, and would have done it a third time, except his chip on No. 10 was so true it went in the cup. Singh finished at 16-under 262. Jeff Maggert was second.
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June 23, 1997 | Daily News Wire Services
The rest of the PGA Tour can rest easy. Ernie Els is taking this week off. The U.S. Open champion added a second straight wire-to-wire victory in the Buick Classic to his resume yesterday and is rightfully feeling as though he's the best player in the world. And he doesn't have to apologize to Tiger Woods. "Right now, at this time, I would think so, yes," said Els, a 27-year-old South African, whose victory pushed him ahead of Woods and atop the world rankings. "I never said that in my life before but right now after the last two weeks, I've got to think that, yes. "My record shows it. " What he did at Westchester Country Club, in Harrison, N.Y., in beating Jeff Maggert by two strokes with a record-tying 16-under-par 268 was a piece of history.
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April 11, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
AUGUSTA, Ga. - For someone who is 21 years old and is playing in the Masters for just the second time in his life, Jordan Spieth possesses the game and the demeanor of an Augusta National Golf Club veteran while maintaining the youthful exuberance to use the word "cool" a lot. Indeed, Spieth was the coolest customer on a hot day Thursday amid the azaleas and the dogwoods, carding nine birdies in a near-record-tying round of 8-under-par 64 that was...
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July 17, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
FOR THE FIRST two rounds of the British Open at Muirfield, Tiger Woods will be paired with former British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen and former U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell. But yesterday, he was with skiing star Lindsey Vonn, who was inside the ropes, and by his side, during his practice round. The British tabloids followed the pair throughout the round. Vonn and Woods often exchanged smiles and talked as they walked along the fairways. Woods will be getting a late start in the opening round.
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June 17, 2013 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
The grandstand crowd overlooking Merion's 17th hole cheered Ernie Els' name on Sunday afternoon as he readied for his birdie putt at the U.S. Open. The 43-year-old two-time U.S. Open champion tugged the bill of his white hat, sank the putt - and the crowd roared. He raised his putter to the sky and approached the 18th hole. The man who entered Sunday 7 strokes off the lead was now inching toward the top of the leader board. "One more, buddy," a fan hollered from the crowd.
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June 17, 2013 | BY ANDREW ALBERT, Daily News Staff Writer alberta@phillynews.com
ERNIE ELS came into his final round at Merion within striking distance of the lead, 6-over par when he stepped to the first tee yesterday. Els found the birdies that were there for the taking, collecting five. He also had two bogeys and one costly double bogey to shoot a 1-under round of 69. He moved up the leaderboard as the day went on, finishing in a four-way tie for fourth at 5-over with Jason Dufner, Hunter Mahan and Billy Horschel. The champion, Justin Rose, shot a 1-over. But Els didn't leave Merion happy.
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June 17, 2013 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
When pro golf pitches its air-conditioned tents near Philadelphia - at the U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club, for example - Ernie Els, two-time U.S. Open champ and 2012 British Open winner, stops by the Newtown Square offices of SAP AG, the software maker that has paid him to promote its brand for the last 10 years. Heading to dinner last week with SAP bosses and clients atop the German company's sweeping, glass-walled U.S. headquarters, the tall, sandy-haired pro from South Africa and his entourage paused to admire a pair of curvaceous McLaren sports cars parked seductively outside by a dealer.
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June 12, 2013 | By Phil Sheridan, Inquirer Columnist
Maybe it was the thunderstorm that burst above Merion just as the world's greatest golfer was planning to play a practice round. Maybe it was the tornado watch issued midafternoon. Maybe it was when USGA officials stocked the flooded bunker near the 11th green with trout. Sometime Monday, the hosts of the 2013 U.S. Open experienced the helpless sinking feeling known well to anyone who has ever meticulously planned a major event - a wedding, a graduation party - only to have the weather wreak havoc with it. Years of preparations, millions of dollars spent to erect temporary buildings and miles of fencing - all of that, and then a tropical storm blows through, chased by bands of swollen gray clouds.
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June 12, 2013 | By Zach Helfand, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ernie Els is likely the only golfer at the U.S. Open to have been hip-checked by his caddie. Then again, he's the only golfer whose caddie is a former Flyer. Dan Quinn has worked Els' bag part-time for the last four years. He also played 14 seasons in the NHL, including two separate one-season stints with the Flyers. He scored 685 points in 805 career games. Quinn began caddying for Els in 2010 after their daughters became friendly while living in Jupiter, Fla. Quinn was born in Canada, where, of course, a different sport is king.
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June 11, 2013 | BY ANDREW ALBERT, Daily News Staff Writer alberta@phillynews.com
The Daily News covers the Open: Check out PhillyDailyNews.com's U.S. Open page for our guide to the tournament in Merion :     THE WEATHER forecasters are playing a prominent role for this week's U.S. Open, and Ernie Els has a forecast of his own. "We're going to have a soft golf course this week, all week," the two-time Open champion, said yesterday at Merion Golf Club. "It means that if you're on your game, you're going to have a lot of birdie putts. " Els says the historic course will play a little easier because of the rain that pelted the area Friday and again Monday.
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June 6, 2013 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
GEOFFREY SISK only played on the PGA Tour for one season. But next week, at Merion, he'll play in his sixth U.S. Open. Sisk was a four-time honorable mention All-America while at Temple where he earned a degree in finance in 1987. With his talent and money background, parting with the $150 fee to enter one of this year's Open qualifiers probably wasn't all that much of a risk. Especially when it's worked five other times. On Monday, the 48-year-old Sisk shot a 68 at a qualifying Sectional in Purchase, N.Y., to secure a spot among the 156-player Open field.
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July 24, 2012 | By Doug Ferguson, Associated Press
LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England - Ernie Els kept feeling that something special could happen in the British Open, and it did. But only after a collapse by Adam Scott that no one imagined. Four shots ahead with four holes to play - after eight consecutive holes with nothing worse than par - Scott bogeyed them all and had to fight back tears on the 18th green Sunday as the magnitude of his meltdown began to sink in. Els, who started the final round 6 shots behind, finished off a flawless back nine with a 15-foot birdie putt for a 2-under-par 68 that looked as if it would do little more than lock up another runner-up finish at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.
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