Ernie Els admits he will enjoy being the "headline act" once more as he contests the Fiji International at Natadola Bay Golf Club.

Els has won 28 times on the European Tour, but his last victory came in Germany in 2013, a year after the South African claimed a fourth major title in the Open Championship at Royal Lytham.

The former world number one has since slumped to 797th in the rankings and has missed the cut in 12 of his 17 events in 2018, including the last eight in succession.

However, with the majority of the world's best players competing in this week's WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, Els is a welcome addition to the field as he plays in Fiji for the first time in a globetrotting career.

"I've been doing that for the most part of my career, just kind of a natural evolution, isn't it?" Els, 48, said. "As a junior I started to leave South Africa to play in big events and kept doing it as a pro. Now I'm almost 50 and I'm still doing it.

"It's just where we're from and I think Australians are very similar to us. If you want to get to the big stage, you have to leave home. So it's kind of tough sometimes but that's what we have to do. I've kind of naturally progressed into that role.

"I haven't been the headline act for a while so it's kind of a bit different for me than the last couple of years. My great friend Vijay (Singh), he's the host, I guess, of the tournament. I've always wanted to come and play golf here in Fiji and hopefully we can play together at some point this week."

Australia's Jason Norris won the title 12 months ago, the 44-year-old claiming a first European Tour title just a week after working part time in his local pro shop.

A back injury has hampered his progress since, but Norris is hopeful that a return to a happy hunting ground can spur him back into the winner's circle.

"It started coming good the last three weeks to a month, which is good for obviously this week and the remainder of the year," he said. "I struggled pretty much early on in the year.

"I had only one good event in Asia, other than that it's been a bit of a struggle with the travel and a lot of golf. I've just been working hard in the gym and trying to get it rolling."