Ernie Els bound for 2015 Australian Masters

Even when “The Big Easy” snatched the 2012 British Open from Adam Scott it was hard not to feel a grudging admiration
Even when “The Big Easy” snatched the 2012 British Open from Adam Scott it was hard not to feel a grudging admiration

THE ALWAYS hugely popular Erne Els has been confirmed as a starter when the 2015 Australian Masters returns to Huntingdale Golf Club from 19-22 November.

The big South African has a great affinity for the Melbourne sandbelt, having won three consecutive Heineken Classics (2002-2004) at Royal Melbourne, where he was also an integral part of the International Team that won the 1998 Presidents Cup.

Els will be looking to go one better at this year’s Australian Masters after finishing runner-up to Craig Parry at Huntingdale back in 1994.

“I have many great memories of Australia and the Melbourne Sandbelt has always been one of my favourite places to play.  I am looking forward to getting back to Huntingdale and finishing off the year strongly,” the four-time major winner said this week.

An announcement by Masters owner and promoter IMG heralding Els’ participation was welcomed by Victorian Minister for Tourism and Major Events and Minister for Sport, John Eren.

“The Victorian Government is delighted to continue its partnership with the Australian Masters and have one of golf’s greatest champions back to Melbourne.

“We welcome sports fans across Victoria, and around the world, back to Huntingdale on our renowned Sandbelt.”

David Rollo, Vice President-Director of Golf IMG Australia and New Zealand added;

“Ernie Els is one of the icons of the modern game and we are excited to welcome him back to Melbourne.”

The Australian Masters will be sanctioned by the PGA Tour of Australasia and broadcast on the Seven Network across Australia for five hours on each of the four days.

Tickets will go on sale on Monday 21st September through Ticketmaster and the tournament will again provide free entry for children under the age of 16 accompanied by a paying adult.

For more info and ticketing details go to ww.australianmasters.com.au

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Brian is a former Sydney journalist who didn’t have a skerrick of interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded Australian Senior Golfer in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Tom Watson, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association.

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