Africa Golf: South African player Els receive lone nomination

Ernie Els is the only South African golf player up for an accolade at this year’s Laureus World Sports Awards, with the names of the final nominees released on Wednesday. Els, 43 years, was named alongside five other contenders- Ethiopia long-distance runner Tirunesh Dibaba.

The Big Easy lifted his fourth Major title, and his first in 10 years, when he won the 2012 British Open. His performance earned him a nomination for the Comeback of the Year award.

Meanwhile, six men were nominated for the World Sportsman of the Year accolade — Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, British long distance runner Mo Farah, Argentine soccer player Lionel Messi, American swimmer Michael Phelps, German Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel and British cyclist Bradley Wiggins.
Six women were also nominated for the World Sportswoman of the Year British heptathlete.

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