October 23, 2012 12:03 ET

Ernie Els Signs With IMG

LONDON and NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Oct 23, 2012) - One of the world's most recognized professional golfers, South Africa's Ernie Els, announced today that he has signed with IMG, the world's leading sports, fashion and media company, for worldwide management and marketing representation.

Els, a four time Major Champion, former World Number One and winner of more than 65 international titles, is one of golf's truly global stars. He was inducted to the Hall of Fame in 2011 and is today known as much for his charity work as for his golfing prowess, both in aiding underprivileged children in South Africa and more recently for his work for Autism through his charity, Els for Autism. He also has burgeoning golf course design and wine businesses.

Els enjoyed a fairytale return to the Major League when he won the 2012 Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St Annes in July, proving he is still competing at the very highest level.

Els explained his decision to join IMG commenting, "IMG has a global network of offices, loads of experienced and dedicated golf staff operating in every aspect of the game so really is best equipped to help me achieve everything I want to do on and off the course."

Ernie's management at Pros Inc. will be moved to IMG who will work closely with Phil Cotton and Ernie's existing team of staff. Vinny Giles of Pros Inc. commented, "I am delighted to be part of transitioning Ernie to IMG where he will be in the most capable of hands."

Guy Kinnings of IMG commented, "Ernie has had an amazing career to date and his influence on the game is extraordinary. We are delighted to be working with Ernie and his team and know that IMG's offices and staff situated all around the world will be excited to have the opportunity to work with one of golf's most inspiring figures. IMG is ideally placed to showcase both what Ernie has achieved and to assist with the exciting times ahead of him as one of the world's iconic golfers."

About IMG Golf
IMG Golf is the market leader in the sport with 50 years of experience and now nearly 500 staff working in different aspects of the golf business worldwide. This involves talent representation where the business started and IMG now works with over 100 of the best male and female players from over 30 countries. IMG owns, manages and stages more than 50 golf tournaments a year on every continent and on every Tour including Majors and World Golf Championships, along with special events and over 150 VIP golf days a year worldwide. IMG Golf is involved in every aspect of the game offering its partners a 360° fully integrated service and its core businesses include Media (with IMG Media in partnership with the European Tour and the Asian Tour via European Tour Productions and Asian Tour Media) and Golfing World as well as digital and social media, Golf Course Design and Management, Sales and Advisory Services, Corporate and Federation Consulting, Hospitality, Academies, Licensing, Publishing, Speakers, Broadcasters, Bid Consultancy, Corporate and Individual Brand Development. Golf was IMG's first sport and remains at the heart of IMG's global business.

Ernie's team at IMG will include Global Co-Managing Directors; Guy Kinnings (Europe) and Robbie Henchman (Asia). Duncan Reid, based in London, will coordinate global business arrangements with Phil Cotton, Ernie's Business Manager. Clarke Jones, Managing Director of the Americas, will coordinate the US team and this will include Andy Dawson who will join IMG.

About IMG
IMG Worldwide is a global sports, fashion and media business, with nearly 3,000 employees operating in 30 countries around the globe. IMG's areas of expertise are diverse and wide ranging: IMG College; IMG's Joint Ventures in India, China, Brazil and Turkey; IMG Media; IMG Events and Federations; IMG Fashion; IMG Models; IMG Art+Commerce; IMG Clients; IMG Academy; IMG Consulting and IMG Licensing. More information is available at Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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