Ernie Els has had a change of heart. When you own your own jet, you can do flighty things at the last minute, perhaps.
Reversing his field, if not his flight plans, he'll start his PGA Tour season next week at the WCG Accenture Match Play event in Arizona after all.
Why not, right? There's no cut, everybody gets paid, and he was going to open his U.S. season the following week at the Honda Classic anyway. Besides, Els has had some success in match-play formats before, winning the event staged at his home track in Wentworh, England, a record seven times, including last fall.
Els is expected to be seeded fourth in Tucson. His record at the U.S. match play tournament has mostly been horrific, having been bounced in the first round a total of four times in his seven appearances. In two other instances, he was defeated in the second round.