Ernie Els - Open champion now represented by agency IMG
Open champion Ernie Els has signed with leading sports agency IMG for his worldwide management and marketing representation.Els had a fairytale return to form this season, proving he can still compete at the highest level when he claimed the Claret Jug at Royal Lytham & St Annes in July.The South African was inducted to the Golf Hall of Fame in 2011 but as well as his playing career he is also known for his charity work and burgeoning golf course design and wine businesses.He said: "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 and Vinny Giles of Pros Inc said: "I am delighted to be part of transitioning Ernie to IMG where he will be in the most capable of hands."IMG's Guy Kinnings added: "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."