Ernie Considering Schedule Cut in 2014

Ernie Els, the four-time major winner, has revealed he is likely to cut back on his playing schedule from next season, following in the footsteps of other top professionals.

Els, 44, has claimed that the demands of life on the Tour are becoming increasingly tougher to live with after 25 years in the game.

Els has slowed down already over recent years and played only 19 times on the US Tour and seven times on the European Tour last year. Speaking at the Nedbank Golf Challenge in Sun City, he said: "There are other things that come into play now.

"It's always been difficult leaving the house, but now you really see your kids - Samantha (14) and 11-year-old Ben - growing up and it gets more difficult.

"Family life is important and you don't want to miss out on their best years before they leave the house.

”A lot of us are in that boat now. Phil (Mickelson) has kids the same age as mine, so does (Steve) Stricker.”

Els added: "I feel I have a chance. I just need to sharpen up some things, get the right venue and get the right mojo. Then I think we can pull something off again. It's not going to be easy, but I believe there are one or two left, so I'll keep searching."