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The decline of globetrotting

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SOUTHHAMPTON, Bermuda – For such a small world the game of golf seems to be inching toward a more insular existence.

On Monday at the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, Ernie Els announced he will dramatically scale back his international travelling in 2011. Although that’s not breaking news it’s another blow to globetrotting, which took a hit when Lee Westwood recently said he will not play the PGA Tour next year.

“I will have a lot different schedule next year,” Els said. “Play a lot more in the United States, spend a lot more time on my game and trying to be fresh.”

Similarly, Martin Kaymer said he has not made his decision on where he will play next year, but admitted the European Tour’s recent move to increase the minimum number of tournaments for its members makes the decision harder.

“It will be difficult because now you need 13 (events). It’s a tough decision,” said Kaymer, who added he will have made up his mind by the time he plays the Chevron World Challenge in December. “I’m thinking about it but we haven’t gotten close (to a decision yet).”