1South African golf legend Gary Player delighted at Els honor .
2South African golfing legend Gary Player said Thursday he was delighted with South African Ernie Els ' impending induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum in Florida , U.S. , in May 2011 .
3Player is a global ambassador for the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum .
4Three-time Major winner Els told Sport24 in South Africa he was shocked and extremely honored when the call came through to say that he was to be inducted into the Hall of Fame .
5Els is known as the `` Big Easy '' because of his size and disposition .
6He has won more than 60 professional tournaments worldwide .
7In 1994 and 1997 he won the US Open .
8In 2002 he was British Open champion .
9On the 2010 PGA Tour he has won twice .
10Player said in Cape Town that he was pleased to hear the news that fellow South African Els has been selected to be inducted .
11`` Ernie certainly deserves this recognition , as he epitomizes a ` world ' golfer .
12He is a credit to the game and an ambassador for the sport .
13Ernie has been a wonderful friend over the years and I am very fond of him and his family , '' Player said .