Golfer Ernie Els and The Venetian Macao® -Resort-Hotel have created a partnership with the goal of continuing the growth of golf in Asia, it was announced today. Els, a 70-time winner internationally, will wear The Venetian Macao logo on his right collar, back of hat and back yolk beginning at this week’s U.S. Open, a tournament he won in 1994 and 1997.
“I’m so excited to represent The Venetian Macao,” Els said. “As a global player, I have travelled the world my entire career and I can say with certainty that it is one of the most extraordinary, elegant and atmospheric resorts I have visited. It’s luxurious and comfortable, but lively at the same time – it’s my kind of place and thankfully this partnership gives me an excuse to return frequently!”
Els – an Asian Tour Honorary Member and International Ambassador – will also assist in marketing and promotion of the Venetian Macau Open, an Asian Tour event slated to tee off for the 16th time from October 23-26 at Macau Golf & Country Club. The Venetian Macau Open is promoted by IMG and 2014 is the third successive year The Venetian Macao has title sponsored the event in line with its long-standing objective of establishing Macau as Asia’s leading business, leisure and entertainment destination. Since its inauguration in 1998, Macau Open has welcomed top names like Lee Westwood, Colin Montgomerie, Nick Faldo, Fred Couples, Vijay Singh, Padraig Harrington, Thongchai Jaidee, and, in 2013, Els.
“My first experience with the Venetian Macau Open was last year and I’m going to play the tournament until they tell me to stop coming!” Els said. “I could not quite claim the victory in 2013 and I’m looking forward to taking another crack at it. This is a tournament that will succeed in growing and developing golf in Asia – particularly in Macau – and it will become a true centerpiece of the Asian Tour.”
Els is a four-time major championship winner – including the 1994 and 1997 U.S. Opens – and a 2011 World Golf Hall of Fame inductee. A former World No. 1, Els’ resume also includes two World Golf Championships and seven World Match Play titles. Considered one of the most prolific winners of his generation, the global reach of his victories is almost without parallel.
The Venetian Macao, as part of Sands China’s innovative and interconnected integrated resort city, Cotai Strip Resorts Macao, regularly brings Asia’s and the world’s biggest events and celebrities to Macau. Superstars of music, film and sport from Asia and around the world have taken centre stage at the Cotai Arena and The Venetian Theatre, including the Rolling Stones, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, the Police, Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, George Benson, Manny Pacquiao, Zou Shiming, Cung Le, Roger Federer and Pete Sampras.
About The Venetian® Macao-Resort-Hotel
Opened in 2007, The Venetian® Macao-Resort-Hotel is Macao’s first integrated resort featuring stunning replicas of the famous canals and architectural icons of Venice, Italy. The Venetian Macao features 3,000 suites, 1.2 million square feet (111,000 square metres) of convention and meeting facilities as well as a 15,000-seat Cotai Arena designed for world-class sports events and electrifying entertainment. The Venetian Macao is also home to the unique, 1,800-seat luxury Venetian Theatre, hosting the best in international and Chinese entertainment; more than 30 renowned restaurants; TAIVEXMALO Day Hospital & Spa; the incredibly fun QUBE indoor playground and more than 300 retailers at Shoppes at Venetian. Outdoor recreation areas include swimming pools and cabanas and a mini-golf course.
For more information, please visit www.venetianmacao.com.
Source: Asian Tour