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The Big Easy

With a focus on helping find a cure for autism, Ernie Els balances family, golf and a wine business
Jeff Williams
From the Print Edition:
Ernie Els, November/December 2012

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“Obviously it was a big blow to Ernie and Liezl when they found out that Ben had autism. It took a little time for them to come to grips that they would have to support Ben for the rest of their lives. But when they did, there was absolute commitment.”

Commitment, the willingness to step up, be it on the golf course or off of it, has marked Els career from the beginning. He’s found a way to help his son, he’s found a way to resuscitate his game. It’s not always easy for the Big Easy, but he’ll take life as it comes and make the best of it. No matter what, he’ll always be in the winners’ circle.

Jeff Williams is a contributing editor of Cigar Aficionado.


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