Affectionately known as The Big Easy due to his fluid golf swing, Els
will be swinging easy on the course and taking it easy away from the
“I am delighted to be playing the Fiji International presented by Fiji
Airways. I have watched the TV coverage in the past and the beautiful
golf course looks like an excellent challenge,” said Els.
“But I am also looking forward to visiting Fiji. As professional
golfers we are very lucky to travel the world and Fiji is a place that I
would like to explore once my work on the course is finished.”
Now in its fifth year, the Fiji International presented by Fiji Airways
has attracted a long list of world class players to the tropical nation
with Els the most recent addition.
“We are very excited to welcome Ernie Els to our beautiful country for
the Fiji International presented by Fiji Airways,” said The Honourable
Faiyaz Siddiq Koya, Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Lands and
“Having a player of Ernie’s calibre compete in the Fiji
International demonstrates the tournaments’ standing on the
international golf schedule.
“Ernie is highly respected in the golf world and having his tick of
approval for the tournament will continue to enhance Fiji’s reputation
as a world class golfing destination.”
Tri-sanctioned by the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia, European Tour
and Asian Tour; securing Ernie Els for the 2018 tournament further
demonstrates the advantage of the three tours’ involvement.
“We are very pleased to welcome and host Ernie in Fiji. Ernie is an
incredibly talented player with a long and storied history in golf, his
participation in the tournament will ensure the world’s attention is
on the Fiji International presented by Fiji Airways throughout event
week,” said Gavin Kirkman, CEO of the PGA of Australia which owns the
ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia.
“Each year we have attracted players from all over the world to Fiji
but Ernie will be the first South African player to tee it up in the
tournament. South Africa is a strong golf playing nation, having Ernie
in the field will showcase to South Africans the potential of Fiji as a
ABOUT THE FIJI INTERNATIONAL PRESENTED BY FIJI AIRWAYS:
To be held from 2-5 August the Fiji International presented by Fiji
Airways will be played at Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course which
boasts breathtaking views of the Coral Coast and is home to the Natadola
Beach Land Estate.
Enticed by the tropical destination, the Fiji International presented by
Fiji Airways has attracted some of the world’s best golfers since its
inaugural staging in 2014 including Fijian hero and three time Major
champion Vijay Singh, 2017 champion Jason Norris, 2016 champion Brandt
Snedeker, 2015 champion Matt Kuchar, 2014 champion Steven Jeffress,
Steven Bowditch, Boo Weekley, Nick Price, Robert Allenby, Heath Slocum,
Liang Wenchong, and Anirban Lahiri.
In 2018, the Fiji International presented by Fiji Airways continues to
have a global presence confirming its position as an integral tournament
in the South Pacific region, with the tournament being tri-sanctioned by
the European Tour, Asian Tour and ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia.
A Pacific paradise, the Fiji International presented by Fiji Airways
also boasts some of the most unique hospitality options in world golf
with the par-3 8th hole providing the perfect vantage point to watch the
golf, whilst socialising on the beach.
More than just a golf tournament, the Fiji International presented by
Fiji Airways aims to leave a lasting legacy for golf in the Pacific
region, with the PGA of Australia supporting initiatives to introduce
and grow the game in Fiji.
Owned by the PGA of Australia and SEL, the Fiji International presented
by Fiji Airways is proudly supported by the Fijian Government, Tourism
Fiji and the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa as the official
resort of the tournament.
Source: PGA TOUR OF AUSTRALASIA MEDIA TEAM