Golf losing out to family life for Ernie Els, considers cutting schedule further

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Ernie Els says he is considering cutting his golf schedule even more to spend time with his family.

The four-time major winner has already slowed down over the past few years, playing 19 tournaments on the PGA Tour and only seven European Tour events last season.

The 44-year-old Els says he expects that to be trimmed again because "it's always been difficult leaving the house, but now you really see your kids growing up and it gets more difficult."

The South African says that with his daughter Samantha now 14 and son Ben now 11 "there are other things that come into play."

Els is playing his first tournament in a month this week at the Nedbank Golf Challenge in Sun City.