Citing fatigue, Els to take a week off

March 11, 2008

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Ernie Els withdrew Monday from the Arnold Palmer Invitational because of fatigue, two weeks after winning on the PGA Tour for the first time in 3 1/2 years.

According to Els’ management company, he was tired and needed rest before the Masters.

Els ended an 0-for-47 drought on the PGA Tour when he captured the Honda Classic at the start of the Florida swing. He played last week at the PODS Championship, where he missed the cut by one stroke. Els is expected to play next week in the World Golf Championship at Doral, and he has said he would play in the Houston Open before going to the Masters.

The Arnold Palmer Invitational still has 30 of the top 50 players in the world ranking, including Tiger Woods, who will be going for his fifth consecutive PGA Tour victory.