Ernie Els to head 2018 Fiji International

Now making its mark on the world stage through one of the best golf courses you’ll find anywhere, Fiji is now beginning to attract a stream of world-class golfers to play in its signature event as well.

Latest of the big-names to agree to head to Natadola Bay this year is four-time major champion Ernie Els, who will be the headline act when the 2018 Fiji International presented by Fiji Airways is played at the marvellous Natadola Bay layout from August 2-5.

Ernie Els Ernie Els (Credit: Anthony Powter)

Matt Kuchar, Brandt Snedeker and Vijay Singh have been the big names to play in Fiji in the past few years, adding to the tournament’s status.

Now in its third year as part of the European Tour’s Race to Dubai, the Fiji International is tri-santioned by the European Tour, ISPS Handa PGA Tour of Australasia, and Asian Tour.

So that means securing Els for the 2018 tournament further demonstrates the advantage of the three tours’ involvement.

“I am delighted to be playing the Fiji International presented by Fiji Airways,” said Els.

“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.”

Obviously the Fijians are over the moon at attracting such a big name.

“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 Mineral Resources.

“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.”

Australian Jason Norris claimed his maiden European Tour title in style with a final-round 67 earning him a four-stroke victory at the Fiji International in 2017.