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Els Withdraws from Two European Events to be with Family

The road can be a lonely place and that seems to have finally hit home to Ernie Els as he has taken the decision not to compete in the Volvo Champions Tournament in Durban in his native South Africa, nor will he partake at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship in the United Arab Emirates, giving him more time to spend at home with his family.

In a statement, the 44-year-old explained his reasons, saying: "I am really sorry to miss the Volvo Golf Champions and the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship but for personal reasons I have decided to remain at home with my family and play my first event once my children return to school."

"I apologise for the inconvenience and late notice of the decision and look forward to playing in South Africa again soon," he added.

Last month, Els, who lives in Florida in the U.S, said he was cutting his 2014 schedule, finding it hard to go on the road without his family.

Currently ranked 27th in the World Rankings, Els, who was won more than $46-million in prize money, said travelling was "tougher and tougher" and that it was time to enjoy his family life a little more.