Ernie Els and Vijay Singh, winners of the Volvo Order of Merit and the US PGA Tour Money List respectively in 2003, and the two most dynamic in-form players in the world so far this year, have confirmed their participation in the 2004 Volvo PGA Championship at Wentworth Club from May 27-30.
Both Els, the World Number Three, and Singh, ranked second behind World Number One, Tiger Woods, have made remarkably fast starts to 2004, picking up where they left off at the end of 2003, and they will join an elite field at Wentworth Club seeking a special place in history as the 50th winner of the PGA Championship.
Els currently heads the 2004 Volvo Order of Merit with €258,802 (£176,920) from two starts on The European Tour International Schedule while Singh leads the US PGA Tour Money List with $1,966,000 from his first four tournaments. Last season Els won the Harry Vardon Trophy with €2,975,374 (£2,074,458) while Singh topped the Money List in the United States with $7,573,907.
Els, 34, named Asprey Golfer of the Year after claiming the Harry Vardon Trophy for the first time as European Number One, followed his seasonal debut in the Mercedes Championships in Hawaii, where he finished tied 21st, with a victory in the Sony Open on the same Pacific island, successfully defending the title he won in 2003.
The South African then returned to The European Tour, finishing tied tenth in the Johnnie Walker Classic in Thailand before capturing a third successive Heineken Classic at Royal Melbourne in Australia – only the fourth European Tour Member in history to achieve that feat - after opening with a 12 under par round of 60.
Singh, 41 later this month, has now recorded 12 consecutive top ten finishes on the US PGA Tour, two short of the all-time record set by Jack Nicklaus in 1977. Singh, like Els an Honorary Member of The European Tour, opened with a second place in the Mercedes Championships before sharing tenth place in the Sony Open in Hawaii.
The Fijian then occupied a share of third place in the FBR Open in Arizona before recording his third victory in the last nine starts by capturing the AT & T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in California.
Els has competed in the Volvo PGA Championship eight times, finishing runner-up on three occasions and fourth twice. Singh, from ten appearances, has finished tied eighth in 1989 and seventh in 2001.