Els replacing Mickelson at Grand Slam

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PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Ernie Els will replace Masters champion Phil Mickelson at next month's PGA Grand Slam of Golf.

Mickelson elected not to play in the four-man tournament reserved for the year's major champions, opting to rest and spend time with his family instead.

The Grand Slam follows a particularly busy stretch of golf that includes four PGA Tour playoff events and the Ryder Cup. Mickelson, who announced last month that he is suffering from psoriatic arthritis, is competing in all of them.

Lefty won the Grand Slam of Golf in 2004, the same year he captured his first major at the Masters.

Els, the three-time major champion from South Africa, joins a field that includes U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland; British Open winner Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa; and PGA champion Martin Kaymer of Germany.

It will be the first Grand Slam of Golf since 1994 without an American in the field.

Play runs from Oct. 18-20 at Port Royal Golf Course in Bermuda.


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