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Easy Does it... Again & Again


by Elisa Gaudet


pursuits bare the truth of this more than the perfect round of golf and the perfect bottle of wine.” Tis was said by Ernie Els and Jean Engelbrecht. When Els and his good friend Engel-


Ernie Els with his son Ben E


rnie Els, the laidback South Af- rican known as the “Big Easy,” has returned to the winner’s circle twice


in the past month. Yet, while his game has struggled a bit over the past few years, his business interests have soared. He’s now similar to a custom-made LeMond bike and, like the spokes on a wheel, all his passions have merged and there’s no doubt he’s on a roll. You have to marvel at the determination and quality for which Els executes his many passions. He’s a global champion on the golf course, a course designer, award- winning winemaker, philanthropist, hus- band and dad.


Global Champion Els is a three-time major winner and one of the best-known players in the world. If he’s collecting frequent-flyer points, Els has


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more than enough for a set of knives and a set of luggage. He is constantly circum- navigating the world to play events on the European and PGA tours, and always sup- porting tournaments in his home nation, in addition to his growing and extremely successful golf-course design business. Els is one of the most successful golfers


in the history of the game, having won more than 60 tournaments since turn- ing professional in 1989. He has notched victories in two U.S. Opens and the Brit- ish Open and holds the record for seven World Match Play titles. His numerous international wins ensure him a place as one of the game’s great champions.


Wine “While men may dream different dreams, they are driven by the same quest: to reach for, and to accomplish perfection. No two


brecht decided to produce wine together, the marriage of their ideas on wine-mak- ing styles quickly transformed into a strat- egy based on quality and excellence. Now in its third vintage, Te Big Easy Wine has been well-received both locally and internationally and it is definitely a wine to look out for in the future. Te 2005 Ernie Els vintage has received industry accolades including scoring an impressive 94 points by Wine Spectator magazine.


Philanthropy Ernie has generously reached out to


charitable organizations and encouraged others to do the same. He was recently honored with the Charlie Bartlett Award, one given to a professional golfer by the GWAA for his or her unselfish contribu- tions to the betterment of society. Over 10 years ago Els set up the Ernie Els & Fan- court Foundation in South Africa. More recently, he and his wife Liezl set up the Els for Autism Foundation in the U.S., where they are undertaking a capital campaign to raise $30 million to establish a Centre of Excellence for Autism. When disaster hit Haiti, Els Club Dubai wasted no time helping out. Despite being over 7,800 miles from the earthquake-ravaged island, the Els Club Dubai in the Middle East hosted


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