October 14 2013
Editor's note: Ernie Els is writing a weekly blog for PGATOUR.COM in 2013 and this is his most recent installment. For more information on the World Golf Hall of Famer, visit www.ernieels.com.
We had a fantastic couple of days in Vegas this weekend for the Grand Finale of the 2013 Els for Autism Golf Challenge. It’s our third year and the support from the public and our event sponsors and partners has again been amazing. It means a lot to Liezl and to me and, of course, this generosity will help touch the lives of so many individuals and families on the autism spectrum. That’s the great thing about this endeavour; it will have a global reach. We’ll have more details and photos from the Vegas event elsewhere on the website later this week.
In the meantime, I’m posting this report just before boarding a plane to Macau for the start of a three-week stretch of tournaments in Asia, teeing off with the Venetian Macau Open, followed by the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur and then the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions tournament in Shanghai.
Having earlier this year accepted honorary membership of the Asian Tour and an international ambassadorial role these trips obviously have added significance to me. During this particular three-week period we also have some Ernie Els Design meetings and a couple of site visits, as we’re pretty busy with new golf courses in this part of the world. It’s going to be quite a trip.
This week’s Venetian Macau Open is one of the most prestigious events on the Asian Tour and it’s really evolved these past 16 years into one of the city’s premier sporting events. I’ve traveled so much in my 20-plus years as a tour pro that it’s unusual for me to have a new place to visit, so that’s exciting.
I’ve heard many good things about the tournament as well as the city itself, which is known for its world-class hospitality and entertainment. In fact, in all my many trips to Asia over the years I’ve always been struck by the hospitality and warmth of the people. It’s my birthday on Thursday as well, so all in all I have no doubt it will be an interesting and enjoyable week on and off the course.
I’ll write again soon.