Ernie Els might retire soon, cuts down on schedule

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Four time major champion and world golf hall of famer Ernie Els looks to cut down on his schedule from next season on according to the legendary Sky Sports. If he goes on with his plans then this could very well mean the possible end of a truly remarkable career no doubt. He’s quietly been slowing down on his schedule already as he only played only 19 PGA Tour and seven European Tour events. While speaking at the Nedbank Golf Challenge in Sun City in South Africa, Ernie had mentioned that “There are other things that come into play now according to Sky Sports.

“It’s always been difficult leaving the house, but now you really see your kids – Samantha (14) and 11-year-old Ben – growing up and it gets more difficult.

He’s absolutely right. I’m sure it sucks when you’re on the road all of the time and you don’t really have the opportunity to see your kids grow throughout the years. There’s no doubt he’ll want to spend more time with his kids while he’s going through the shortened schedule. He definitely earned a shorter schedule with the amazing career he’s had. He’s widely been considered that big third player behind Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods and he’s been that and more with many fans, writers and fellow golfers considering them the “Big 3″. Much like the big three before them of Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player, Ernie, tiger and Phil combined for several major titles with all three of them combining for a whopping 23 major victories.

While tiger and Phil relied on power for most of their game, Ernie was more of a control player throughout his career and has proven to be successful. Ernie has an amazing 66 worldwide wins and he’s seventh all-time on the European Tour in wins with 28 and seventh all-time on the Sunshine Tour with 16 wins. If this is the slowly ending career of Ernie Els then I got to say thank you. You’ve been awesome and it’s been quite a ride. Let’s hope that he finds another gig somewhere after he hangs up the cleats and calls it a career which hopefully won’t be for a few more years but I think we’ve already seen the best of the great Ernie Els.

What do you think about Ernie’s shorter scheduling? How many years do you think he has left? Think he can possibly get one more major for an encore before it’s all said and done? As always, let me know in the comments below!

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