1. Ernie Els
Ernie Els, a South African, born on October 17, 1969, was one of the best and most popular golfers of the 1990s into the early 2000s, Els is popular for his pure, easy swing and an easygoing character.
“Big Easy” is his nickname. Els is tall known for his calm and gentleman temperament on the course as well as off the links; his golf swing is fluid and looks easy, yet produces great power.
Els’ grew up in South Africa and his childhood games are tennis, rugby, cricket, and golf. On the tennis court Els won the coveted Eastern Transvaal Junior Championships the tender age of 13. At the age 14 he was considered a scratch golfer, and decided to focus all of is efforts on golf; in that same year, Els traveled to San Diego, California to compete in the Junior World Championship Golf Tournament where he would be victorious defeating semifinalist Phil Mickelson.
Els became a professional in 1989 and won his first pro tournament in 1991. Els won the South African PGA, South African Masters tournaments, and South African Open, all in 1992.
He got his first win on the European Tour, and U.S PGA Tour in 1993 and 1994 respectively; and that was how he started big.
Els has enjoyed huge success sharing his time between the US and European tours. He currently plays South Africa-his Home Country, Asia and other places around the world.
Els won four majors tournaments with numerous other close calls becoming the richest athlete in South Africa
Birthday: 17 October 1969
Net Worth: R1,302 Billion ($100 Million)
Top Endorsements: Callaway, Boeing
Training: Kempton Park Country Club