4 Jan 2014

Ernie Els steps up family time

10:23 am on 4 January 2014

Former world number one golfer Ernie Els has withdrawn from the next two European Tour events to spend more time with his family as part of his plan to cut back on his touring schedule this year.

Els will miss next week's Volvo Golf Champions tournament in Durban in his native South Africa as well as this month's Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship in the United Arab Emirates.

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.