Ernie Els underlines his greatness with incredible milestone
Ernie Els’ top-10 finish at the Maybank Championship last week was the 300th of his career – and it turns out that’s a record of consistency no other player can match.
Stats guru @Nosferatu on Twitter was the one responsible for spotting Els’ incredible achievement – one that not even Tiger Woods can claim.
As his tweet showed, Els T-7 at the European Tour event saw him become the first player to rack up 300 career top 10s since the inception of the Official World Golf Ranking in 1986.
And it’s a stat he comfortably leads over any other player in the modern era.
Stat of the day:
This week @TheBig_Easy reached a remarkable landmark: 300 top 10 finishes in his career (#OWGR sanctioned events). That's 'easily' more than anyone else has ever achieved in the OWGR era… pic.twitter.com/VpvLvb52hq
— Nosferatu (@VC606) March 24, 2019
Vijay Singh is Els’ closes challenger with 275 top-10s, a full 25 less than Ernie.
That’s followed by Japan Golf Tour veteran Jumbo Ozaki – a 94-time winner in his own country.
In fourth place is Tiger Woods with 231 top 10 finishes, a whopping 69 less than Ernie. And while Woods is in the midst of a pretty successful comeback, it seems hard to imagine he will ever catch the smooth-swinging South African.
Even if Woods matches his record of seven top-10s last season in 2019, he’d need to do the same for seven more years in order to catch up to Els.
While Els is widely considered one of the greatest players of the modern era, a former World No 1 and World Golf Hall of Fame inductee with four major titles and more than 70 professional victories to his name, this stat really shows just how consistently great the 49-year-old has been throughout his illustrious career.
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