"I am very disappointed to have been forced to make this decision because I was really looking forward to playing this week," Els said in a statement. "The Shell Houston Open was going to be an important part of my buildup toward the Masters, but I have been advised that it would not be in my best interests to play."
Els said it was a similar virus to the one that caused him to arrive late at the CA Championship at Doral, where he failed to break par all four rounds and finished at the bottom of the pack.
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Els Withdraws from Houston Open
Bad news for fans heading to the Shell Houston Open this week: One of the biggest names has had to withdraw. Ernie Els announced Sunday he has withdrawn from the tournament due to a virus: