Els denies Dubai criticism

Ernie Els has denied he is skipping the European Tour’s flagship finale because he dislikes the Dubai course.

Ernie Els has dismissed suggestions that he is likely to miss the European Tour’s flagship finale because he does not like the course in Dubai.
The Dubai World Championship is due to take place from November 25-28 on the Earth Course at the Jumeirah Eastates and quotes attributed to ‘The Big Easy’ had indicated he would not be taking part in the event.
However, he has since issued a statement which read: “Unfortunately I was taken out of context.
“There are a couple of holes I don’t particularly like, but to say that I don’t like the entire course is just sensationalism.
“As a designer myself, I don’t criticise other people’s work.
“Unfortunately my words after the final round of the Dunhill at St.Andrew’s were taken the wrong way.
It is just not right to say I will not be going to Dubai because of the golf course.
“I have been going to the Emirates for many years and have always enjoyed my experiences and the courses there.
It’s a fantastic place and I look forward to going back.”
Els is currently fourth in the Race To Dubai standings, which are led by Germany’s Martin Kaymer.