Els said in a statement that he will attend the tournament in Dubai next week, ending speculation that he would instead defend the title he won at Doral. Els' decision means the Ford Championship at Doral willl not beef up its field. Woods has already said that if he doesn't go to Dubai, he will not go to the Ford Championship.
Colin Montgomerie announced Thursday that the threat of impending war with Iraq will cause him to miss Dubai. Joining him on the sidelines will be Nick Faldo, Paul Casey, Chip Beck and Mark James.