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The Loop

Els, Singh to join Woods on sidelines at Memorial

The unsettled nature of Ernie Els' schedule continued this week as he reported on his web site that he will take a week off before playing the Stanford St. Jude Championship and will not play this week's Memorial as he had planned. This news comes just one day after Els' agent, Andrew (Chubby) Chandler told Golf World that he was traveling to Ohio and was "very much looking forward" to playing the Memorial.

Els has now withdrawn on tournament week from events hosted by Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus this year. He also said he wouldn't play the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, but changed his mind at the last minute, entered the event and lost a first-round match. Last week, Els missed the cut at the BMW PGA Championship at his home course, the Wentworth Club, in England. He did not indicate why he was skipping the Memorial.

Vijay Singh also withdrew from the Memorial because of a rib injury, leaving Jack Nicklaus' tournament at Muirfield Village GC with just six of the top 10 players in the world. Adam Scott and Tiger Woods also aren't playing the Memorial.