The South African golf star told police that upon returning home just prior to dawn on January 1st, he found a man sleeping in his bed. Els admitted that the door to his luxury home was left unlocked.
The 25-year-old man was released without bail and will appear in court again on January 17.
It's one of several homes Els owns around the world, and the one he wants to spend more time in. The house is located several hundred miles east of Cape Town in the town of George.