2002 Ernie Els Wins The Open At Muirfield

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By Golf Histories

Ernie Els emerged triumphant from the first four-man play-off in the history of The Open to lift the Claret Jug for the first time following an extraordinary Championship.

On the Sunday before The Open got underway, Els told a friend while watching the sunset over the 18th hole at Muirfield: “If that doesn’t inspire you, nothing will.”

It certainly worked wonders for The Big Easy, who had previously won the US Open in 1994 and 1997, as he outlasted the rest of the field to be crowned Champion Golfer.