'Big Easy' predicts tough times for PGA Tour

Count Ernie Els as another PGA Tour star looking toward Europe in 2009, where top players like Anthony Kim and maybe even Phil Mickelson are already drooling over the European Tour’s $20 million “Race to Dubai."
Els also sounded a cautionary note about the PGA Tour’s stiff-upper-lip approach to the economic downturn: If everything’s OK, then where is the 2009 schedule?
Coming off another disappointing season following his 2005 knee surgery, Els told the AFP news service that he hopes better day are in store for him in 2009, including a long-sought Masters win. However, he doesn’t see good times ahead for the PGA Tour. Els said he would play a little bit more in Europe because he believes that the US Tour in particular could suffer from the credit crunch."The US-Tour schedule is normally out at this time of the year but it is not yet out, it hasn't been printed yet. Some of the events might be under threat, a couple of tournaments might not take place," he said."These are very, very difficult times at the moment and probably to the next year."

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by Kevin Cunningham