Ernie Els ended a 10-year wait for his fourth major title after winning the British Open for the second time following Adam Scott's final-round collapse at Royal Lytham and St. Annes. AFP/Getty Images
It topped a big week for South Africans, whose former president Nelson Mandela turned 94 on July 18. He is seen here with former U.S. leader Bill Clinton at his home in Qunu the day before his birthday.
While Els thanked "Madiba" after his victory, other sporting figures also paid tribute to South Africa's anti-apartheid hero. Here top riders at the Tour de France wait behind a poster of Mandela. AFP/Getty Images
Els was the first South African golfer to win a major title after Mandela came to power in 1994. They are seen here before the final round of the 1996 South African PGA Championship. Getty Images
Els received a congratulatory telephone call from Mandela after winning the 1999 South African PGA Championship in Johannesburg. Getty Images
Els, inspired by his son Ben, has raised millions of dollars through his autism charity with events such as his "Els for Autism" Pro-am at The PGA National Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Florida. Getty Images