Els to skip Dubai event in protest of Euro Tour rules

Ernie Els
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"Why would they make a decision like that and expect guys to play?" asked the four-time major champion and former World No. 1, according to Andrew Both of Reuters. "It's farcical. In my view it's an absolute joke.
I can see (the tour's point of view) but it's crazy. I've been playing both tours since 1994 and it's been no problem but for some reason now the European Tour expect us to play a full schedule.
We used to play seven events and you could keep your card in Europe. Now you have to play more than in America. (That is) the direction they're going in. I just think it's the wrong one.
I'm going to have to look at my schedule. I was there for the growth of this tour, 22 years, and now they've making it almost impossible for me… to remain playing the tour."
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