Els success started when he won the World Junior Championship at age 14, beating Phil Mickelson in the process. He won his first U.S. Open in 1984 at Oakmont and his second in 1997 at Congressional. He also won the 1992 South African Open, Masters and PGA Championship.
Els is intelligent, relaxed and a good businessman. At the age of 28, this is a rare combination. He plays a calculated, controlled golf game, seldom showing emotion. His swing reminds me of the fluid and smooth Fred Couples. In addition to the majors, Els has won four World Match Play titles and 18 other events worldwide.
In May 1998, this 20 year old wins her first major, the McDonald's LPGA Championship. Then in early July this rookie pro wins the U.S. Women's Open in Kohler, Wisconsin, prevailing in a tense 20 hole playoff. The next week she hops a jet to Toledo to play in the Jamie Farr Kroger Classic, which she wins by 9 strokes, breaking 2 all-time LPGA records in the process. She won again the following week at the Eagle Classic. Pak remains in the top ten in many categories on the LPGA.
Pak's emergence on the Women's Tour is second only to the arrival of Nancy Lopez, some 20 years ago. She is the youngest U.S. Women's Open Champion, first rookie to win two majors the same year since Juli Inkster did it in 1984, first player to shoot 61 in a LPGA event, lowest 72-hole score in the history of the LPGA, a 261 at the Jamie Farr. Pak has won 4 of her first 18 events as a pro. She has played the game for only 6 years and she says she's not that good yet. Pak just won the 1999 Samsung World Championship of Women's Golf.