Els hits out at European Tour

2009-10-28 12:20

Singapore - Ernie Els hit out on Wednesday at the European Tour for scheduling the World Matchplay Championship to clash with the Singapore Open.

The big South African is the defending Matchplay champion and a seven-time winner of the event, but instead of being in Spain he is in Singapore where he is committed to play under contractual obligations with sponsor Barclays.

It is the second time in three years that Els has found fault with the scheduling after being unable to play the Volvo Masters in 2007 when it too clashed with Singapore.

At the time he was leading the European Order of Merit and claimed missing the Masters prevented him finishing the year on top of the money list.

"It has been a little controversial for me," he said about this year's scheduling.

"The European Tour put the Volvo Masters up against the Singapore Open (in 2007 when it was an Asian Tour event) and I could not play the final event on the European Tour and it cost me the money title.

"So I was not very pleased about that and the fall out from that, the criticism I got about European Tour players playing in an Asian event.

"We have got more controversy this week because of the Matchplay which they have put up against the Singapore Open, I do not understand that. It is a tournament I have won seven times."

The World Matchplay Championship, which has run since 1964, leaves England's Wentworth Golf Club this year for the first time in its history after a break in 2008 after HSBC pulled out as headline sponsor.


  • Fi5 - 2009-10-28 12:36

    Now we all know why Els isn't playing the Nedbank challenge,Barclays aka ABSA wouldn't want that!!!

  • Mr Billy Bunter - 2009-10-28 12:49

    Hey Ernie, win for a change...before you become a really doesn't suit you!!! Keep your pride boet!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Caine - 2009-10-28 13:04

    Strange that he isn't complaining about Tiger scheduling his tour the same time as the Million Dollar in Sun City. Probably cause he isn't playing in either.

  • Samantha - 2009-10-28 13:41

    Billy Bunter. I don't ever recall seeing that name on a leader board! Fair comment Ernie.

  • Poison Dwarf - 2009-10-28 13:48

    Ernie, why are you moaning now! I thought that all you pro's finalize your playing schedule at the beginning of each year? So you should have known about the 'clash of events' in January already & complained then. What purpose does it serve now other than to further tarnish your already spoilt 'winning streak' (not!) of 2009. This is what happens when you sign up for appearance money years in advance, so don't moan now!!!!

  • Freddy - 2009-10-28 14:05

    Typical South African mentality coming through here. Ernie makes a statement that is perfectly correct and he gets slated. The Sun city tournament is a "exibition" First time he misses the sun city tournament....... the comment about "almost forgot who you are" typical Fanie comment............... have any of you idiots even won a club championship never mind 64 tournaments worldwide including a couple of majors.

  • Mike - 2009-10-28 14:13

    Wow, there are some grumpy people out there. I think the point that Ernie is making is not a personal one but rather that the European Tour should stop trying to sabotage the main event on the Asian tour. Jeez people get a life and stop taking things so personally. Ernie is one of the greatest SA sportsmen of all time and this is how he gets treated.

  • Farouk Modisane - 2009-10-28 14:30

    Hey broer shut up start winning and stop crying like a spiolt little brat, if you cant schedule properly dont blame it on others, win tournaments thats all we want to hear coming out of your mouth

  • Flip - 2009-10-29 10:08

    Most of the negative comments clearly shows that those people never had experience of a very demanding job with a lot of responsibility and a tight schedule. The top golfers have much more to concern themselves with than a few home fans that has no idea what professional golf is all about.

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