"Originally, this week was going to be a gap in my schedule, but I've changed my mind and decided to play in the Memorial," Els said.
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Wednesday, December 03, 2008

DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Ernie Els changed his mind Tuesday and will play in the Memorial, a tournament he won four years ago.

Els surprised tournament officials Monday with a posting on his Web site that he would not play again until next week in the Stanford St. Jude Classic in Memphis, Tenn.

But he changed that posting Tuesday.

"Originally, this week was going to be a gap in my schedule, but I've changed my mind and decided to play in the Memorial," Els said.

It's the second time this year Els thought twice about a tournament. He said he would not play in the Accenture Match Play Championship outside Tucson, Ariz., then changed his mind on the final day. He lost in the first round.

Vijay Singh withdrew Monday from the Memorial because of a rib injury sustained last week.

That would leave the Memorial with seven of the top 10 players from the world ranking. Tiger Woods, recovering from April 15 surgery on his left knee, did not enter last week and Adam Scott decided not to play.

Singh, who won the Memorial in 1997, said he injured a muscle in his ribs upon arriving in England last week for the BMW Championship and felt pain while warming up on the range ahead of the first round.

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