FOUR-time major champion Ernie Els will play next month's $6.5 million (4.85 million euros) Nedbank Challenge in South Africa after pulling out of a Tiger Woods charity event the same weekend.
The 44-year-old South African will not play in the European Tour's final at Dubai after deciding against playing in two of the three run-up events as required to be eligible for the 60-man final showdown.
After that, Els opted to play for a record 17th time in the Nedbank event in his homeland, an event he has won three times and owns the career prize money record, rather than make his first appearance at the World Challenge event hosted by world number one Woods in southern California.
"I'm really looking forward to coming back and playing such a special event," Els said. "It was actually a family decision. Liezl, Samantha and Ben are with me for a short while and it made a lot of sense to compete at Sun City,"
Dustin Johnson, the World Golf Championships HSBC Championship winner, will replace Els in the field for the Sherwood Country Club event on December 4-8, the same dates as the Nedbank Challenge.
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