- Obama hosting annual Easter Egg Roll
- Big Bang a big question for most Americans: Poll
- Jimmy Carter’s grandson: People have right to sport Confederate battle flag license plate
- Supreme Court declines to hear challenge to N.J. gun law
- Sharyl Attkisson: Media Matters ‘clearly targeted me’
- Sherpas consider boycott after Everest avalanche
- Democrat Rep. Stephen Lynch on Obamacare: ‘We will lose seats’ this November
- Syria to hold presidential election on June 3
- People will be safe at 118th Boston Marathon, Mayor Marty Walsh says
- Boy Scout, 12, killed by rolling tree during troop outing at Washington park
Els: South African Open to change dates
AUGUSTA, GA. (AP) - Ernie Els said tour officials have agreed to change the dates of the South African Open this fall so that it won't be held on the same week as the Presidents Cup in Australia.
"I think everyone is pretty relieved now," Els said Saturday after his third round at the Masters. "They definitely played their games. You never want to have two big events clash."
Els, the defending champion of the South African Open, was furious in January when he learned that it would be played Nov. 17-20, the same week as the Presidents Cup.
PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem, European Tour chief executive George O'Grady and other tour leaders met this week at Augusta National to figure out a solution. Els said they have agreed to move the South African Open back one week, and that the Dunhill Championship would be played opposite the Presidents Cup.
"I know the discussions we had this week are a lot further along than in the beginning of the week," PGA Tour spokesman Ty Votaw said, without confirming the date swap.
South African players occupy five of the top six spots in the Presidents Cup standings, and all of them finished among the top 10 last year in the South African Open.
"They put us in an awkward situation," Els said. He also said the European Tour "has to take the blame in this" because it co-sanctions the South African Open.
Els was less clear on speculation that South Africa would get a World Golf Championship.
He said there was a five-year deal for a WGC event, although he did not mention when or where, or who would be the title sponsor. The only WGC now held outside the United States is the HSBC Champions in Shanghai the first week in November. South Africa's only tournament that draws players from around the world is the Nedbank Challenge.
"Whatever happens, that's great for South Africa," Els said. "It's validation of the tour and the efforts of guys who have spent their careers playing around the world."
Women losing coverage under Obamacare, too
- Tactical advantage: Russian military shows off impressive new gear
- USAID documents cite Hillary Clinton in chaos of Afghan aid
- Twitter blocks accounts critical of Turkish government
- Former Ranger breaks silence on Pat Tillman death: I may have killed him
- Scalia to students on high taxes: At a certain point, 'perhaps you should revolt'
- Special Forces' suicide rates hit record levels casualties of 'hard combat'
- Jimmy Carter's grandson: People have right to sport Confederate battle flag license plate
- Feds approve powdered alcohol; 'Palcohol' available later this year
- America is an oligarchy, not a democracy or republic, university study finds
- CURL: Shelly O first lady Michelle Obama comes in last
Top 10 handguns in the U.S.